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
The Epoch Times

“Opera is elitist, and it’s been unapologetically elitist, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not accessible. We need to think of it as, ‘Is this something that I can relate to? Who cannot relate to being loved or loving somebody? Who could not relate to death or losing someone they love? Who could not relate to war, especially today?  Who can’t relate to these things? That’s what makes it accessible…”

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Beth Stewart
Schmopera

"Music saved my life. I could escape my own life by trying to be somebody else. And that's the reason why I still do it now, because it's the escape from all of my own baggage."

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Beth Stewart