German baritone Thomas J. Mayer makes his Royal Opera debut in the 2017/18 Season as Friedrich von Telramund (Lohengrin).
Mayer studied history, German language and literature, music education and philosophy before training as a singer at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Liselotte Hammes and Kurt Moll. He sings regularly for Bavarian State Opera in roles including Telramund, Wotan/Wanderer (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Mandryka (Arabella), and for Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his roles have included Wotan (Die Walküre), Amfortas (Parsifal), Telramund, Scarpia (Tosca) and Macbeth. For Bayreuth Festival he has sung the Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer), Wanderer (Siegfried) and Telramund. Other engagements include Mizgir’ (The Snow Maiden), Thoas (Iphigénie en Tauride), Moses (Moses und Aron) and Wotan (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) for Paris Opéra, Wotan/Wanderer for Vienna State Opera, Dutch National Opera, Animal Trainer/Athlete (Lulu) and Scarpia for Berlin State Opera, Telramund for Liceu, Barcelona, and Teatro Real, Madrid, Barak (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for Zürich Opera and in Leipzig and Wozzeck and Posa (Don Carlo) for La Scala, Milan. His role creations include Vautrin/Trompe-la-Mort/Jacques Collin (Francesconi’s Trompe-la-Mort) for Paris Opéra.
Mayer works regularly with leading conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Daniele Gatti, Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Christian Thielemann. His UK appearances have included Wozzeck in concert with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Runnicles.