Hoffmann in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
Canadian Opera Company
"As Hoffmann, American tenor Russell Thomas offered heroic tone, great lung-power and just the kind of bronze timbre ideal for French opera."
–Christopher Hoile, Opera News
“The opening night was notable for excellent singing, with a cast headed by the American tenor Russell Thomas, indefatigable in the title role, his voice robust and warm.”
–Joseph So, Opera Magazine
"Russell Thomas encompasses the title role admirably, with sensitive nuance in the right places."
–Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet
"As the increasingly drunk Hoffmann, Russell Thomas has a beautiful voice; the higher vocal reaches hold no terror for him."
–Jon Kaplan, Now Toronto
"Another impressive debutant was Russell Thomas as the drunken protagonist of the title ... his pure, ringing tone and crystalline diction were a joy to hear. And they remained so to the bitter end, a point worth making, this being one of the longer hauls in the tenor repertoire."
–Arthur Kaptainis, National Post
"Russell Thomas sang the title role with a clear, strong tenor..."
–Tamara Bernstein, Globe and Mail