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John Charles Thomas

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John Charles Thomas

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John Charles Thomas (Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, September 6, 1891 - Apple Valley, California, December 13, 1960) was a popular American opera and concert baritone known for his exuberant singing style and virile, well trained voice. (The year of his birth is not certain; some sources give it as 1889.)

John Charles Thomas left a large pool of audio recordings, many of which sold extremely well in their day and have been transferred in recent times to compact disc. Only a handful of these recordings, however, are devoted to opera arias. His operatic voice is probably best appreciated in commercial offerings such as Nemico della patria from Andrea Chenier, and C’en est fait… Salomé demande from Herodiade. However, live broadcast recordings of Per me giunto from Don Carlos, Vien Leonora from La Favorita and Il Balen from Il Trovatore display his bel canto technique and brilliant top notes.

He sang hymns, art songs, ballads, cowboy tunes and shanties with equal facility. He was less effective in introspective German lieder because they did not suit his buoyant personality as well as other material.

Fact file

  • Born: September 6, 1891 Meyersdale, Pennsylvania
  • Died: December 13, 1960 Apple Valley, California (Aged 69)
  • Occupation: Opera Singer

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