Ismaele in NABUCCO
"Exchanges of endearments between Fenena and Russell Thomas' Ismaele in Part 1 make a vivid impact..."
–Gavin Borchert, Seattle Weekly News
“As her Ismaele, tenor Russell Thomas sang with power and intense passion.”
-Mark Mandel, Opera News
"Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton gave an excellent performance, as did her tenor, Russell Thomas, who played Ismaele. For me, their romantic connection, although tender, took a back seat to the magical sonic juxtaposition of Williams' and Bartons' upper voices in contrast to Thomas' tenor in the first act."
–Mia T. Vogel, Daily UW
"Her Ismaele, tenor Russell Thomas, sang with a clarion tone quality, polish, and power."
–Melinda Bargreen, Seattle Times
"Russell Thomas used his robust tenor to shape Verdi's rich melodic lines with heartfelt expression."
–Thomas May, Bachtrack