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Thomas Paul (Bass)

Born: February 22, 1934 - Chicago, Illinois, USA

The American bass, Thomas Paul, studied at the Juilliard School of Music New York with Hans Heinz, and for orchestra conducting. He studied singing with Beverly Johnson, Gibner Kind and Cornelius Reid, New York.

Thomas Paul's stage debut was in 1962 at the New York City Centre Opera as Sparafucile in Rigoletto. His career took place particularly in the USA and in Canada. There he sang in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston/Texas, in New Orleans, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and St. Paul, in Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Vancouver and Montreal, but mostly at the New York City Centre Opera New York. In 1964 he worked also with the Central City Festival in the premiere of the opera Lady from Colorado by Ward, which was also performed at the Aspen Festival. In the years 1962-1977, he performed many times at the Carmel Bach Festival under Sandor Salgo.

From Thomas Paul's stage repertoire should be mentioned: Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sarastro in Zauberflöte, Pogner in Meistersingern, the title role in Blue-Beard Castle by Béla Bartók, Mephisto in Faust by Charles Gounod, the Father in Charpentier’s Louise, Pater Guardian in La forza del destino by Verdi, Rocco in Fidelio, Tiresias in Oedipus Rex by Igor Stravinsky, Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor, Ptolemaeus in Julius Cäsar by Georg Frideric Handel and Don Marco into The Saint of Bleecker Street by Menotti. In the concert halls he also performed a comprehensive repertoire.

Thomas Paul was lecturer at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York) and at the Aspen School (Colorado).

Recordings: DGG (Brander in complete recording of Damnation de Faust by Berlioz).


Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (May 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2004); Manfred Krugmann (Photos 01-02, July 2011)

Thomas Paul: Short Biography | Recordings of Vocal Works under his name

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Samuel Baron / Yehudi Wyner


BWV 87, BWV 97, BWV 135, BWV 243
Selections from
BWV 8 [x2], BWV 13, BWV 32, BWV 42, BWV 43, BWV 60, BWV 82, BWV 94, BWV 130, BWV 140, BWV 157, BWV 159, BWV 244

Fiora Contino


BWV 82

Sidney Harth


BWV 82

Dwight Oltman


BWV 82 [1st]

Eastman Virtuosi


Arias from BWV 90, BWV 127

John Nelson


BWV 232 [1st]

Eugene Ormandy


BWV 245

George Poinar


BWV 82, BWV 244 [1st, Jesus], BWV 244 [2nd, Jesus]

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 232 [1st], BWV 245 [1st]

Sandor Salgo


BWV 56, BWV 71 [1st], BWV 71 [2nd], BWV 80 [1st], BWV 80 [2nd], BWV 82 [1st], BWV 82 [2nd], BWV 198
BWV 232 [3rd], BWV 243 [1st], BWV 244 [5th], BWV 245 [1st], BWV 245 [2nd]

Robert Shaw


BWV 232 [4th]

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