Washington Post

“Yet in forcing Thomas and other black artists to be spokespeople for diversity, the field is essentially overlooking just what it is that makes them such notable artists in the first place. “

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Beth Stewart
CBC Radio Q

“Thomas joined host Tom Power in the q studio to share his perspective on why banning blackface won't get at the root issues of the genre's lack of diversity.”

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Beth Stewart
Opera News

“Thomas is an engaging, easy conversationalist; he admits with a grin that he has ‘a lot of opinions,’ but they are impressively well argued and delivered without a trace of arrogance. He speaks frankly and thoughtfully about the challenges of being a gay black man in an industry that has not traditionally nurtured black men as performers—or celebrated them as stars.”

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Beth Stewart
Opera Canada

“Thomas sees the essential humanity of the role as a through-line for him and the audience in understanding and recognizing real, lived emotions.”

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Beth Stewart
Salzburg Festival Magazine

“Thomas discovered classical music by accident. When he was eight years old he came home from school, turned the radio on and found himself listening to an opera station where ‘the singing was loud and strange.”

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Beth Stewart
48 Hills

“The tenor calls on arts institutions to look to their communities for talent that attracts audiences.”

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Beth Stewart
Opera Warhorses

“As a 25-year old I thought I knew everything, but the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Program made it clear to me that was not the case…”

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Beth Stewart
Washington Classical Review

“If you don’t have black people in the back office, you won’t have black people on stage. If you don’t have black people on stage, you won’t have black people in the audience. It’s an endless cycle of neglect.”

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Beth Stewart
Opera Wire

“One of the rising stars of the opera world, [Thomas has] incredible lyricism and a potent dramatic voice…”

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Beth Stewart
ArtsATL

“ArtsATL recently spoke with Thomas, a Florida native who now lives in Atlanta, about preparing to sing Otello, and about the challenges of quickly shifting vocal gears to perform the role of Rodolfo at the Metropolitan Opera a little over a week later.”

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Beth Stewart
Opera Wire

“A month ago Russell Thomas surprised Metropolitan Opera audiences with his immense voice and gleaming high notes.”

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Beth Stewart