British baritone Damian Thantrey made his Royal Opera debut in 2005 as Marullo (Rigoletto). In 2011 he created the role of Deputy Mayor of Mexia in the world premiere of Anna Nicole, a role he returns to sing in The Royal Opera's 2014/15 Season. Other work at the Royal Opera House includes singing in the world premiere of Wayne McGregor's SUM (ROH2) in 2012 in the Linbury Studio Theatre.
Thantrey read Law at Clare College, Cambridge, and qualified as a lawyer before studying singing at the Royal College of Music. His engagements include Lun Tha (The King and I), Cinderella's Prince/Wolf (Into the Woods), Franz/Lee (Sunday in the Park with George) and Mr Lindquist (A Little Night Music) for the Théâtre du Châtelet, Chau Lin (A Night at the Chinese Opera), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus) and Brother (Seven Deadly Sins) for Scottish Opera, English Clerk (Death in Venice), Pastore (L’Orfeo) and Messenger (Oedipus Rex) for Opera North, Traveller (Death in Venice) for Opéra de Metz, Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera) and Sadik (Der Stein der Weisen) for Garsington Opera, English Clerk for the Aldeburgh and Bregenz festivals and Opéra de Lyon, and Apollo (L’Orfeo) for Opéra national de Lorraine and at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, in concert with Les Talens Lyriques under Christophe Rousset.
Thantrey works extensively in contemporary music and has sung in the premieres of more than thirty works.