Languages: German, English
Dr. John Thomasson joined the faculty of the Mozarteum University Salzburg in 2014, where he is Professor of Voice and serves as Vice-Department Chair and Director of Vocal Pedagogy. Prior to joining the faculty of the Mozarteum, Dr. Thomasson was Professor of Voice and Director of Opera Theater at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida.
With over 25 years of teaching experience, Dr. Thomasson has guided students to successful careers in classical singing, musical theater and teaching. His students have won numerous prizes in vocal competitions, and have been engaged to perform in operas and musicals on stages throughout the USA and Europe including Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Boston Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Landestheater Niederbayern, August Wilson Theater (Broadway), Lunt- Fontanne Theater (Broadway).
Dr. Thomasson was born in Iowa (USA) and received his first musical training at The University of Iowa (Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy). Additional study followed at the Des Moines Metropolitan Opera Studio and the Hochschule Mozarteum Salzburg (Lied Diploma, Opera Diploma). He was awarded 1st Prize (Lied) in the Ada Sari International Vocal Competition (Poland), and 1st Prize in the National Federation of Music Vocal Competition (USA).
While still a student at the Mozarteum, Dr. Thomasson made his operatic debut in Salzburg performing the role of the Carceriere in Tosca in the Grosses Festspielhaus (Hans Graf, conductor).
His opera debut in Germany soon followed with the role of the Musiklehrer in Ariadne auf Naxos, which was praised as “masterful” by the German opera magazine Opernwelt. In 1995 he returned to the USA to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts, and in that year he also made his operatic debut in the USA performing the title role of Aleko in the American stage premiere of Rachmaninov’s Aleko (Iowa Center for the Arts).
Dr. Thomasson has since performed over 30 baritone operatic roles throughout Europe and the USA and has performed recitals and concert repertoire with notable orchestras such as L'Orchestre de l'Académie de l'île Saint Louis, Paris; Orquesta Académica de Madrid; Capella Savaria; Mozarteum-Orchester, Salzburger Festspiele; Orquesta de la Catedral Primada de América, Dominican Republic; and Tampa Oratorio Orchestra among others.
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