Manrico in IL TROVATORE
"Thomas made an inspiring Manrico, his voice literally rising to the occasion, including his showcase aria, "Di quella pira," where he vows to save Azucena."
–Mary Ellyn Hutton, Music Cincinnati
“Russell Thomas, first heard in Cincinnati five years ago as Verdi’s Cassio, is moving into heavier roles, and his Manrico was first rate. The voice has grown significantly, and the baritonal coloring and strong lower register were particularly effective in the final scene. The top is strong, too [and] like the others, his singing was very musical...”
–Joe Law, Opera News
"And what a joy it was to hear the stunning tenor voice of Russell Thomas as Manrico. He sang consistently with ardent expression and spine-tingling high notes. His pairing with Barton was believable and magnetic."
–Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer