Lazarus in THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE OTHER MARY
English National Opera
"Russell Thomas as Lazarus has a rich and resonant tenor."
–Clare Colvin, Sunday Express
“Russell Thomas [is] the ferociously intense tenor who sings Lazarus…”
–RIchard Morrison, The Times
"Lazarus is sung by Russell Thomas, who created the role at the world premiere in Los Angeles in 2012. His moving showpiece aria, "Tell me: how is this night different", continues the Adams tradition of soliloquy arias first heard in Nixon in China..."
–Fiona Maddocks, The Guardian
"As Lazarus, Russell Thomas reveals a brilliantly strong tenor that is both sumptuous and edgy, and his 'Batter My Heart' style aria at the end of Act I is an undoubted highlight of the evening."
–Sam Smith, musicOMH
"The three principal soloists are all, in their different ways, remarkable...while the tenor Russell Thomas makes the most of Lazarus's passover aria, whose touching melody would not seem out of place in a high-class Broadway musical."
–Andrew Clements, The Guardian
"Russell Thomas has a fine tenor as well as star quality."
–Miranda Jackson, Opera Britannia
"For me, Russell Thomas produced the two outstanding vocal moments of the evening: the last supper scene that preceded the interval and the scene of Jesus' arrest which followed it. Thomas' career has been picking up Italian heroic roles of late (Pollione, Manrico, Gabriele Adorno and the like) and his voice has a glorious combination of warmth, legato and heroic abandon."
-David Karlin, Bachtrack
"Russell Thomas's stage presence and robust tenor voice as their brother Lazarus made an impressive addition to the cast as the only masculine solo voice."
–Mark Ronan, Theatre Reviews
"Russell Thomas, a WhatsOnStage Opera Poll nominee last year for the Royal Opera's Simon Boccanegra, again demonstrates the stellar calibre of his tenor voice as the sung incarnation of Lazarus."
–Mark Valencia, What's On Stage
"Heroic tenor anguish and energy pour, as in the Barbican concert performance, from Russell Thomas ... "
–David Nice, Arts Desk
“The ringing tenor of Russell Thomas, as Lazarus, must have been audible in Eastcheap…”
–Paul Driver, The Times
"The American tenor Russell Thomas as Lazarus is charismatic in both presence and tone."
–Jessica Duchen, The Independent
“Charismatic tenor Russell Thomas made something utterly memorable out of Lazarus.”
–George Hall, Opera News
“The tenor Russell Thomas was tireless and crescendos effectively. Powerful music, powerful stage imagery, powerful movement…”
–Erica Jeal, Opera Magazine