Indra Thomas, Soprano
Indra Thomas, known for her lush and warm voice, has established herself as an artist of incredible sensitivity, poise, and virtuosity.
Ms. Thomas’ 2023/24 season started with A Night at the Opera Concert with the Rome Symphony Orchestra in Rome GA; she returned to the Roland Hayes Concert Series at the Harris Theater in Calhoun GA; she returned to The Atlanta Opera’s production of The Anonymous Lover in the role of Dorothy; Performed a recital Love, Light and Loss at Seattle University; perform in the 96 Hour Project Composer’s Competition in collaboration with the Atlanta Opera the piece Faces In The Frames music by Nathan Felix libretto by Anita Gonzales; then she rounds out the summer with community concerts: Juneteenth Jubilee with the Challenge the Stats in collaboration with The Atlanta Opera Outreach Program and Liberty and Justice for All Concert with R. O. M. E. Musical Ensemble Inc. In the Fall of 2023 Ms. Thomas is delighted to be performing Strauss’ Die Vier Letze Lieder and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with the Decatur Symphony Orchestra in Decatur, IL and the debuting in the role of Giulia in Spontini’s La Vestale with Teatro Grattacielo performed at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater in Manhattan NY.
In her 2021/22 season Ms. Thomas had the great opportunity to make three world premieres, directing and conducting opera and musical theater. She made her Off Broadway debut in the World premiere and multi-award winning opera Intimate Apperal by Ricky Ian Gordon and Lynn Nottage performed at the historic Lincoln Center Theater, New York; she performed in the world premiere of Fierce: Opera in One Act with Cincinnati Opera; and world premiere of Elegy by British composer/conductor Donald Fraser with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Cambridge MA. She was the featured soloist in Overtone Dance concert with the Southern Arc Dance expressing diversity within the Newnan Community; She was a Guest Voice Clinician and Recitalist on the University of North Georgia Recital Series. Ms. Thomas’ finished the year with The Verdi Requiem with Aura Symphony Orchestra Jakarta, Indonesia; Beethoven’s 9th with the August Choral Society; Classical with a Twist Concert Series with the Cherry Street Player of Boston, MA; The Verdi Requiem with The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra; Featured soloist with the Atlanta Boys Choir Christmas Celebration.She conducted and staged directed Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte Act One excerpts with a Shorter University Opera Theater in Rome Georgia; in the summer of 2021 she directed Fats Waller’s timeless musical Ain’t Misbehavin and she finished off the season with producing, directing and performed in Christmas Cabaret at the River District Playhouse in collaboration with the the Shakespeare festival Rome, Georgia.
Ms. Thomas 2019/20 season was an array of projects. She was a Guest Voice Clinician and Recitalist at the Mississippi State Voice Symposium Recital Series, Clarksville, Mississippi. Then she was the featured soloist on the Color of Music Festival Recital Series Charleston, South Carolina. She had the wonderful prevailing to revive the role of Serena in Porgy and Bess with Atlanta Opera. Ms. Thomas finished out the year with Concert of Hope with the Southern Arc Dance Company of Newnan, Georgia; Ms. Thomas reprised the role of Serena in Gershwin’s masterpiece Porgy and Bess; she performed Beethoven’s 9th with the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra of Cambridge, MA as well as with Music for Life International Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. She participated in Lift Every Voice Concert with Peachtree Presbyterian Church Concert Series in Atlanta, Georgia; she gave A Tribute to Roland Hayes concert at the Harris Art Center in Calhoun Georgia; and finished the year with directing Mozart meets Gershwin Opera Scenes at Shorter University Opera Theater in Rome, Georgia.
Ms. Thomas 2017/18 season started the year covering 5th Maid in Strauss’ Electra at the Metropolitan opera House, New York; she made her debut at the iconic Opera Goes to Church Concert Series with Cincinnati Opera Outreach, Cincinnati, Oh; she made er directorial debut with Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Telephone and Martin Warren’s The True Story of Cinderella with Shorter University Opera Theater; Ms. Thomas started 2017 the season with Mahler’s Symphony, No. 2 with the Music for Life International Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York; her performance throughout the year continued as the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors with the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts in Gainesville GA; Participated in the Charles Wadsworth Music Festival in Newnan, GA; featured soloist with the Atlanta Chamber Players Concert Series of Atlanta, Ga; Artist in Resident with the Atlanta Boy Choir.
Ms. Thomas’ 2015-2016 season she joined the North Carolina Symphony for their Swing in the New Year with Gershwin concert and perform Verdi’s Requiem with the Ann Arbor Symphony. Ms. Thomas was seen as Serena in Spoleto Festival USA’s lauded production of Porgy and Bess. Ms. Thomas’ 2015-2016 season also included a performance with the American Harp Society.
Ms. Thomas’ 2014-2015 season included performances with the New West Symphony in California (Bachianas Brasileiras No.5), Flint Symphony in Michigan (Britten War Requiem). The 2013-2014 season brought appearances as a soloist with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá in Britten’s War Requiem and a return to the role of Aida with Bob Jones University.
During the 2012-2013 season, the soprano appeared in concert at Un Violon sur le Sable in Royan, France; joined tenor Joseph Calleja for a program of arias and duets at Royal Festival Hall in London; performed recitals at Seattle University (Washington), and Agnes Scott College (Georgia); appeared with Arizona Opera for Leonora in Il trovatore, and returned to the Flint Symphony for a concert of music by Samuel Barber. During summer 2013, she debuted the role of Senta in Der Fliegende Holländer with the Princeton Festival.
Engagements in 2011-2012 included a return to the Hamburg State Opera for Aida, further performances of Aida at London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Florida Orchestra Symphony.
In the 2010-2011 season, Ms. Thomas performed a Gala Concert with the Artist Series of Sarasota, a recital at Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall) in New York, and the Verdi Requiem with the Flint Symphony. Internationally, she sang the title role in Aida with Palau de les Arts in Valencia, Spain, and Choregies d’Orange in Orange, France. She also appeared at the Mozart Festival La Coruña in Spain for Chausson’s Poémes de l’amour et de la mer.
Engagements in the 2009-10 season included performances of the Verdi Requiem in a tour of four cities in Spain with the Euskadi Orchestra under the direction of Andres Orozco Estrada, Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestra de Paris, and the title role in Aida at the Avignon and Bregenz Music Festivals, respectively. Engagements in the United States included a Christmas concert with Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Verdi Requiem with the Vermont Symphony, and a last-minute performance in the title role of Aida with the Atlanta Opera.
During the 2008-09 season, Ms. Thomas made her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid and the Wiener Staatsoper, as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera. In addition, she sang performances of the Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea, and a concert of opera arias with the Cleveland Orchestra.
In the 2007-08 season, Ms. Thomas performed opposite Roberto Alagna in the world premiere of Le Dernier Jour d’un Condamné by David Alagna at the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, and sang the Porgy and Bess Suite with the Gewandhaus Orchester under the direction of Riccardo Chailly. She made her debut at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino as Amelia in Un ballo in maschera, sang the Verdi Requiem with the Detroit Symphony and the Kansas City Symphony and starred in a gala concert celebrating the 60th Anniversary of The Little Orchestra Society of New York in Town Hall. Ms. Thomas sang Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of our Time with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. This performance was recorded and released on the LSO Live label and nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award in the “Best Choral Performance” category. She also performed Aida with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and made her debuts with Opera Africa in Johannesburg and at the San Diego Opera in this role.
Additional performances of note include Il trovatore with Austin Lyric Opera; Spanish debut in the Verdi Requiem under the direction of Jesus Lopez-Cobos in a gala performance; and a Boston Symphony debut in Tippett’s A Child of Our Timewith Sir Colin Davis conducting. As well: her New York Philharmonic debut in the Porgy and Bess Suite conducted by Lorin Maazel and nationally televised on Live from Lincoln Center (2003 Emmy nomination); Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Liu in Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Thomas’ debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in Aida; and Elisabeth in Don Carlos with Boston Lyric Opera and Minnesota Opera.