British bass-baritone Thomas Barnard is a member of the Royal Opera Chorus, which he joined in 2000. His many solo roles with The Royal Opera have included Nightwatchman (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Old Gypsy (Il trovatore), Pietro (Simon Boccanegra), Messenger (La traviata), Official Registrar (Madama Butterfly), Policeman (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk), Dimitri (The Greek Passion), Surgeon (La forza del destino) and Servant (Macbeth), and he has sung in Les Noces for The Royal Ballet. In the 2018/19 Season he sang Arthur Jones (Billy Budd) for The Royal Opera, and returns in the 2019/20 Season to sing Voice (Jenufa).
Barnard was a chorister and the first choral scholar at Lichfield Cathedral and later became a scholar and lay-clerk at Durham Cathedral. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and won the Van Someren Godfrey English Song Prize. He has sung with opera companies including Glyndebourne Festival, Pavilion Opera, Wexford Festival Opera and English Touring Opera.
Barnard has performed internationally in Europe, Japan and the USA, his repertory including Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Sparafucile (Rigoletto) and the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).