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Rhys Thomas Suggest updates

John Henry Thomas.

Active 1890s.

Welsh tenor.

Rhys Thomas spent several seasons touring with Carl Rosa, singing a lot of solo roles and several principal ones.  His parts included Mozart (Don Basilio);  Auber (Lorenzo Fra Diavolo,  Juliano  Black Domino);  Meyerbeer (Tavannes Les Huguenots,  Jonas Le Prophète);  Donizetti (Nemorino,  Tonio);  Balfe (Florestein);  Wagner (Baroncelli Rienzi;  Walther Tannhäuser);  Verdi (Gaston,  Cassio);  Gounod (Tybalt);  Bizet (Splendiano Djamileh,  Haroun Djamileh;  Remendado);   Mascagni (Fritz Kobus).  

While singing leading parts with the Carl Rosa, Rhys Thomas sang in a charity concert to raise funds for the restoration of St Mary's R C Cathedral, Broughton Street, Edinburgh. The work they performed was the Rossini Stabat Mater. This may well have been its Scottish premiere.

Roles in Scotland

Florestein nephew of the Count
Bohemian Girl 1890
Bohemian Girl 1891
Gaston Vicomte de Letorières, a man about town
Traviata 1890
Remendado a smuggler
Carmen 1890
Carmen 1891
Carmen 1892
Carmen 1893
Carmen 1894
Stabat Mater 1891
Tavannes a Catholic gentleman
Huguenots 1891
Tybalt Capulet's nephew
Romeo and Juliet 1891
Don Basilio a priest and music master
Nozze di Figaro 1891
Lorenzo an officer of carabiniers
Fra Diavolo 1891
Fra Diavolo 1893
Fra Diavolo 1894
Count Juliano Horace's friend
Black Domino 1891
Jonas an Anabaptist
Prophet 1892
Tonio a Tyrolean peasant
Daughter of the Regiment 1892
Daughter of the Regiment 1893
Cassio Otello's lieutenant
Otello 1892
Splendiano Haroun's servant
Djamileh 1892
Fritz Kobus a wealthy landowner
Amico Fritz 1893
Haroun a prince
Djamileh 1893
Nemorino a young peasant
Elisir d'amore 1893
Walther von der Vogelweide a knight and minnesinger
Tannhäuser 1893
Baroncelli a Roman citizen
Rienzi 1894

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