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Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

A regular guest at De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, he has appeared there as Papageno in Simon McBurney's production of Die Zauberflöte, Schaunard in La Bohème, Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Peter in Hänsel und Gretel and Lescaut in Manon Lescaut.

Highlights in 2019/20 include a return to De Nationale Opera as Don Alfonso in Jossi Wieler’s production of Cosi fan tutte, conducted by Ivor Bolton, and as Bill in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny. In concert, he will perform Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion, conducted by Peter Dijkstra, and Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Het Residentie Orkest, and Richard Danielpour’s Elegies with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland conducted by Hartmut Haenchen. He will return to the Oxford Lieder Festival and to Wigmore Hall for recitals with Malcolm Martineau and make his house and role debut as Stolzius in Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann at Oper Köln.

Opera engagements of the last few seasons include Mr Redburn in a new production by Deborah Warner of Billy Budd, conducted by Ivor Bolton, at Teatro Real Madrid, Rome Opera and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bill in Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny and Papageno at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Papageno and Figaro Le Nozze di Figaro at English National Opera, Silvio de Nardi in Bomarzo at Teatro Real, Il Conte in Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Thomas’ Hamlet at the Göteborg Opera and Lescaut in Manon at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.

Elsewhere, he has appeared as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte and Donner in Das Rheingold at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Ramiro in a concert version of L'Heure espagnole with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus and Marcello in La Bohème at the Opéra National du Rhin, Frank in Die tote Stadt at the Opéra national de Lorraine, Gonsalvo Fieschi in Schreker's Die Gezeichneten at the Salzburger Festspiele and Schaunard at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

Equally in demand as a concert artist, Thomas Oliemans has performed the UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Alle Tage with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bruckner’s f minor Mass with the Sinfonieorchester Basel, Frank Martin's Jedermann-Monologe with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler’s Lied von der Erde with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Royal Liverpool Phiharmonic under Vasily Petrenko, Bach’s Matthäus-Passion with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Beethoven Symphony No.9 with the KIOI-Sinfonietta in Tokyo and with the Dresdner Philharmonie, Joseph in L'Enfance du Christ by Berlioz with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Pater Ecstaticus in Mahler’s Symphony no 8 with the Bochumer Symphoniker and Frank Martin’s Suite from Der Sturm with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse.

Thomas Oliemans has worked with conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Jiři Bělohlávek, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ingo Metzmacher, Semyon Bychkov, Raphaël Pichon, Antonello Manacorda, Marc Albrecht, Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Edo de Waart, Kent Nagano, Jaap van Zweden and stage directors including Robert Carsen, Fiona Shaw, Christof Loy, Willy Decker, Pierre Audi, Ivo van Hove, Philipp Himmelmann, David Alden, Sir Thomas Allen, Stephen Langridge and Laurent Pelly.

A sought-after recitalist, he is a regular guest at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and has appeared in Oxford, Cambridge, Vienna, Zürich, New York, Toronto, Basle, London (Wigmore Hall), Tokyo and Paris with pianists Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, Rudolf Jansen and Paolo Giacometti. He curated the 2019 Delft Chamber Music Festival and will be on the Jury of the 2019 International Vocal Competition s’Hertogenbosch, where he will also give masterclasses and appear in recital with Graham Johnson.

His discography includes Schubert’s Winterreise and Schwanengesang, song cycles by Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré with pianist Malcolm Martineau, substantial contributions to vols 3, 4 and 5 of the Complete Poulenc-series by Signum Classics, the Schumann cycles op 89, 90 and 48, Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor under Hans-Georg Rademann, works by Frank Martin with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Christus in Bach’s Johannes-Passion with the Orchestra of the 18th Century under Frans Brüggen and Shostakovich’s 14th Symphony with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.
BrittenPeter GrimesNed Keene
BrittenBilly BuddMr. Redburn
BrittenThe Rape of LucretiaTarquinius
GinasteraBomarzoSilvio de Narni
HändelArianna in CretaMinos
HumperdinckHänsel und GretelPeter Besenbinder
KorngoldDie Tote StadtFrank/Fritz
MascagniCavalleria RusticanaAlfio
MozartCosi fan TutteGuglielmo
MozartDon GiovanniDon Giovanni
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroIl Conte
MozartLe Nozze di FigaroFigaro
MozartDie ZauberflötePapageno
PucciniLa bohème Marcello
PucciniLa bohème Schaunard
PucciniLa Fanciulla del WestSonora
PucciniManon LescautLescaut
SchrederDer Ferne KlangRudolf
SchrekerDie GezeichnetenGonsalvo Fieschi
Strauss (Johann)Die FledermausEisenstein
Strauss (Richard)Ariadne auf NaxosHarlekin
VerdiUn Ballo in MascheraSilvano
WagnerDas RheingoldDonner
WagnerDie Meistersinger von NürnbergFritz Kohtner
WagnerTannhaüserWolfram (in preparation)
WagnerParsifalAmfortas (in preparation)
WagnerTristan und IsoldeKurwenal (in preparation)
BachMatthäus PassionBass-arias, Christus
BachJohannes PassionBass-arias, Christus
BachB-minor MassBass
BachWeihnachtsoratorium Bass
BachIch habe genug, BWV 82Bass
BeethovenSymphony Nr. 9Bass
BerliozRoméo et JulietteFrère Laurent
BerliozL'enfance du Christ Joseph
BizetLes Nuits d'été
BrahmsEin Deutsches Requiem-
BrahmsVier ernste Gesänge -
BrittenWar Requiem-
DebussyTrois Ballades de François Villon-
EislerErnste Gesänge-
HaydnDie SchöpfungAdam/Rafael
HaydnDie Jahreszeiten Bass
HenzeRichard Wagnersche Klavierlieder-
HonnegerLe roi DavidRécitant
MahlerSymphony Nr. 8Pater Ecstaticus
MahlerLieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen-
MahlerDes Knaben Wunderhorn-
MahlerDas Lied von der Erde-
MartinSechs monologe aus Jedermann-
MartinSuite aus "Der Sturm"-
PfitznerOrchestral Songs
PoulencChansons Villageoises-
PoulencLe Bestiaire-
RavelDon Quichotte à Dulcinée-
RossiniPetite messe solenelleBass
ShostakovichMichelangelo Suite
Shostakovich14th Symphony-
ZemlinskyLyrische Symphonie-

Lieder - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

R. Schumann, Dichterliebe and song cycles op 89 and 90
Paolo Giacometti, piano
Channel Classics (CCS 38416)

The Complete Songs of Fauré Vol 2

with Lorna Anderson, John Chest, Ann Murray, Sarah Connolly et al
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Signum Classics (SIGCD472)

The Complete Songs of Poulenc Vol 4

with John Mark Ainsley, William Dazeley, Ann Murray, et al.
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Signum Classics (SIGCD323)

F. Mendelssohn: Elias

Akademie Für Alte Musik Berlin, Rias Kammerchor
Hans Christoph Rademann, cond
Accdentus/ Deutschlandradio

F. Schubert: Winterreise

Bert van den Brinck, piano
Fineline Classical (FL 72409)

D. Shostakovich: Symphony no 14

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nikolić, cond
Challenge Classics (B019GLNDJS)

The Complete Songs of Poulenc Vol 5

with Thomas Allen, Catherine Wyn-Rogers et al
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Signum Classics (MP3)

W.A. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (DVD)

De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Marc Albrecht, cond
Simon McBurney, director
with Christina Landshamer, Brindley Sherrat, Maximilian Schmitt et al
Opus Arte (OA BD 7133 D)

J. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, op 45

Residentie Orkest, Rotterdam Symphony Chorus
Jan Willem de Vriend, cond
with Renate Arends
Challenge (4413716)

Joachim Raff: 30 Lieder für Stimme & Klavier op.98 "Sanges Frühling"

with Noemi Nadelmann, Barbara Kozelj
Jan Schultsz, piano
Divox (5403251)

B. Britten: Billy Budd (DVD)

Orchestra Teatro Real Madrid
Ivor Bolton, cond
with Jacques Imbrailo, Toby Spence, David Soar et al
Bel Air (8717067)

The Complete Songs of Fauré Vol 3

with Lorna Anderson, John Chest, Louise Kemeny, Ann Murray et al
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Signum (8122126)

The Complete Songs of Poulenc Vol 3

with John Mark Ainsley, Sarah Fox, Ann Murray et al
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Signum (1581009)

J.P. Wagemans: Legende

De Nederlandse Opera, the Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera, the Netherlands & Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Reinbert de Leeuw, cond
with Marieke Steenhoek, Caroline Cartens, Corinne Romijn, Helena Rasker, Yves Saelens, Thomas Oliemans, Elzbieta Szmytka, André Morsch, Martijn Cornet, Huub Claessens, Marcel Beekman
Etcetera ( KTC1443)

F. Schubert: Schwanengesang, D 945

Malcolm Martineau, piano
Etcetera (KTC 1420)

J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion

Orchestra of the 18th Century, Capella Amsterdam
Frans Brüggen, cond
with Peter Kooij, Markus Schäfer, Marcel Beekman, Michael Chance, Carolyn Sampson
Glossa The Grand Tour (GCD921113)


Songs by Gabriel Fauré and Francis Poulenc
Malcolm Martineau, piano
Etcetera (KTC 1366)

F. Martin: Der Sturm/Monologe aus Jedermann

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
Steven Sloane, cond
MDG (901 1614-6)

F. Martin: Der Sturm

Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Thierry Fischer, cond
with Robert Holl, Simon O´Neill, Christine Buffle
recorded live 2008 at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam
Records (B004S7ZYV6)

THOMAS OLIEMANS: F. Mendelssohn, Elias, Es ist genug!

THOMAS OLIEMANS: F. Schubert, Winterreise

Live at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam


"The three lumberjacks were of consummate charm and fine voice: Sean Panikkar as Jack, Thomas Oliemans as Bill, and Peixin Chen as Joe.", Festival d'Aix-en-Provence - Kurt Weill, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, July 2019
"Le Bill du baryton hollandais Thomas Oliemans (ancien artiste de l’académie) accomplit un rôle plus complexe, avec beaucoup de présence scénique mise en relief par une approche grenue de la ligne vocale.", Festival d'Aix-en-Provence - Kurt Weill, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, July 2019
"Thomas Oliemans, Sean Panikkar et Peixin Chen ne se contentent pas d’être des comparses. Ils ont une belle prestance scénique.", Festival d'Aix-en-Provence - Kurt Weill, Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, July 2019
"Thomas Oliemans was a boisterous, enjoyably cack-handed Papageno who, despite bringing out the laughs, deftly managed to tap into the character’s loneliness.", W.A. Mozart, Magic Flute - English National Opera, March 2019
"Thomas Oliemans’s Papageno proved a worthy successor to Schikaneder himself, alert to the role’s competing demands without ever alerting us to their difficulty.", W.A. Mozart, Magic Flute - English National Opera, March 2019
"Thomas Oliemans [...] made a delightful and very human Papageno. [...] he remained witty and communicative, bringing a nice element of physical comedy to the role whilst always engaging the audience. As with the best Papagenos there was a vein of sadness running through the performance, complementing the comedy.", English National Opera - W.A. Mozart, Magic Flute, March 2019
"I enjoyed Oliemans’s assumption of the role of Figaro[...] at ENO in March last year; he was if anything even finer here.[…] At the entry of the voice, Oliemans established himself as a strong, rich–voiced soloist, his diction perfectly judged.", BBC Symphony Orchestra - Thomas Larcher, Alle Tage (UK premiere), February 2019
"Thomas Oliemans introduced the first of the two nocturnes [...] densely interweaving celestial and animal imagery in a dramatic monologue[...] This was a gripping performance of what is unmistakably a major work, Oliemans commanding the text[...].", BBC Symphony Orchestra - Thomas Larcher, Alle Tage (UK premiere), February 2019
"At a total of 27 songs [...] it makes for a huge sing for the soloist. Mr. Oliemans rose to the challenge well, singing with warm, expressive tone, distinguished by exemplary attention to textual nuances. One was struck by his ingratiating stage persona, as if he actively welcomes the audience into his world [...] Highlights?  The Schumann to be sure, perhaps because of its familiarity – who can resist the gorgeous “Mondnacht”? The Brahms song “So willst du des Armen” was memorable for the singer’s dramatic urgency in his delivery. There were many more. Through it all, Oliemans captured our imagination as only the best, the most seasoned recitalists can do. He was supported in no small way by the magnificent — but never overstated — pianism of that master of collaborative piano, Malcolm Martineau. This recital won’t be easy to top in the rest of the WMCT season.", Recital WMCT Toronto, Brahms Die schöne Magelone and Schumann op 39, November 2018
"The cast was a mix of new faces and carry-overs from the previous two runs. Overall, it is the most vocally charismatic yet.[...] Fortunately, the Papageno of baritone Thomas Oliemans remains unchanged. Totally at ease vocally and coherent down to the last eye-roll, Oliemans’s Bird-Catcher is one of the best ever performances on this stage.[...] After a brilliant comic routine with wine bottles and a pair of leeks to “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” one couldn’t help but root for him, bird poo stains and all.", W.A. Mozart, Die Zauberflöte - De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam, September 2018
"This production’s saving graces are[...] an unusually strong cast.[...] Thomas Oliemans makes a wary and rather bitter Figaro, the virile edge to his voice making a fine foil to Rhian Lois’s [...] Susanna."
The Independent, W.A. Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro - English National Opera, April 2018
"Oliemans has taken parts such as Papageno Zauberflöte , Schaunard Bohème and Fritz Kothner Meistersinger at Dutch National Opera. This is a strong assumption of Figaro, robust and enthusiastic, with Oliemans enjoying every second of ‘Non più andrai’.", W.A. Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro - English National Opera, April 2018
"Oliemans turned in a beautifully crafted ensemble performance. This was a very human Figaro, yes there were moments of anger such as the Act One aria reminding us that Beaumarchais' original had much talk of liberty, and though he was jealous in Act Four it was not overhelming, so that Oliemans account of the Act Four aria was profoundly moving. But throughout there was a lovely sense of humanity and fun, alongside a vein of seriousness. And his sung English was excellent [...]", W.A. Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro - English National Opera, March 2018
"Thomas Oliemans makes an auspicious debut with ENO. The voice is ample and firm and he sings with presence and flair.", W.A. Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro - English National Opera, March 2018
"Thomas Oliemans lui prête un timbre de baryton franc et viril et un chant impeccable et émouvant."
Magazine Opéra, Niels Wilhelm Gade, Comala, Cité de la Musique Paris, June 2017
"Allen voran war Thomas Oliemans ein beeindruckend tragischer Titelheld. Seine jugendlich-spitzbübische Ausstrahlung passte hervorragend zu dem leicht psychotischen und mit ADHS-haften Zügen versehenen Charakter. Sien wohlklingender Gesang war dankenswerterweise nicht nur auf Schönheit getrimmt; immer wieder wusste der Niederländer durch vokale "Entgleisungen" die Persönlichkeit seines Hamlets weiter zu formen."
Opernglas, Thomas, Hamlet, Gothenburg Opera, April 2017
"[...] Oliemans, currently one of the most renowned Dutch singers, makes the text resound impassionedly, with a delicate yet natural pronunciation and warm voice that is never too loud and which he colours beautifully in the higher register without straining it.
And, as he indicated during his introduction, many more nuances hide between the passionate and reflective polarities of Schumann’s character[...]."
Volkskrant, Schumann, recital 'Jekyll & Hyde', Concertgebouw Amsterdam, July 2016
"[...]Every time I’ve listened to these discs I’ve been tremendously impressed.[...]A performance of Elias stands or falls by the bass who delivers the title role. Herreweghe has Petteri Salomaa[...] Sawallisch has Theo Adam and he’s a magisterial presence[...] Thomas Oliemans seems to me to embrace all facets of the Prophet’s personality. So, for example, he’s very expressive in ‘Herr Gott Abrahams’ and gives an exciting, well-articulated account of ‘Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer’. When he reproves King Ahab his singing is strong and full of righteous wrath. Yet this is an Elijah who is never histrionic at the expense of dignity and of that I approve very much. I was moved by his deeply felt rendition of ‘Es ist genug!’ and after all the Prophet’s tribulations have come to an end Oliemans takes his leave in dignified fashion with ‘Ja, es sollen wohl Berge weichen’. His is an admirable assumption of the title role.", Mendelssohn, Elias - CD, June 2016
"[...]Thomas Oliemans glänzte in der Rolle des grüblerischen Titelhelden. Er verkörperte die vielschichtige Rolle überzeugend mit facettenreichem Gesang und Schauspiel. Seine Stimme strömte, war sowohl in Höhe als auch Tiefe stets fundiert und wurde durch seine klare Aussprache noch konturierter. Seine Solopassagen sang er in der Manier von großen Tenorarien, wobei er der Partie mit seinem undurchsichtigen Bariton eine grimmigere Note gab[...].", Thomas, Hamlet, Gothenburg Opera, April 2016
"As her husband, Thomas Oliemans was vocally impressive, full of zing and swagger, and with pin-sharp enunciation."
Opera Today, De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam - Hänsel und Gretel, December 2015
"Thomas Oliemans singt diesen Elias ohne blinden Arg und Eiferer-Abgrund. Auch in der zerknirschten, lebensmueden zweiten Haelfte des Oratoriums bleibt sein Tonfall nobel und auf beinahe praesidiale Weise human."
Der Tagesspiegel, Mendelssohn, Elias with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, July 2015
"'Ganz herausragend uebrigens auch der Bariton Thomas Oliemans in der Titelpartie, der den Propheten mit vielen feinen, aber ungekuenstelten Nuancierungen gab und der mit einem souveraenen Ernst aber ohne falsches Pathos in seiner Rolle aufging.'', Mendelssohn, Elias with RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie fuer Alte Musik Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, July 2015
“Thomas Oliemans gave Almaviva the oily personality of a practised adulterer but also a real sense of danger. His anger in discovering that someone is hidden in the Countess’ rooms in Act 2 was not comic but deadly serious – when the Count returns with a crowbar to force open the locked door of the closet he also brings a gun, and in Oliemans’ characterisation would undoubtedly have shot Cherubino had he found him there. Add a warm, confident and expressive baritone and Mr Oliemans makes a sensational Count.”
Seen and Heard International, about the role of Conte di Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Göteborg Opera, October 2014

“With his fine sense of physical comedy and communicative singing style, the baritone Thomas Oliemans was a fine Papageno and the well-deserved audience darling of the show”.

New York Times, about the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, July 2014

"Thomas Oliemans, baryton, s’impose dans un Papageno juste, enlevé et parfois touchant. Il est drôle sans excès et vocalement il est aussi à l’aise que scéniquement. Il fait sonner avec malice des bouteilles, telles des carillons, avec des poireaux pour baguettes; mais pourquoi des poireaux, symbole du pays de Galles ? Quelque minutes de facéties pour une pièce qui sait aussi être légère. Il a une très bonne diction et fait résonner sa voix dans de jolies nuances avec un legato mélodieux."

GB Opera Magazine , about the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, July 2014

"von Thomas Oliemans so hinreißend und Mozart-like gesungen, dass man alles sofort noch mal hören möchte“.

Opernwelt, About the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera, February 2013
“Accanto a lui uno straordinariamente bravo Thomas Oliemans dà voce ad un Papageno spigliatissimo ed esuberante pur senza mai perdere di vista i valori propri del canto.", About the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at De Nederlandse Opera, January 2013
"Oliemans is an exceptionally fine singer. Some of the performances- “In der Ferne’, “Im Fruhling” and “Am Meer” for example- rank with the best."
Gramophone, CD Schwanengesang, March 2011
“The most beautiful role is that of the wavering priest Pontus, exceptionally well sung and acted by Thomas Oliemans. The scene in which he – as an act of ultimate self-denial – strips his own skin, makes you shiver.”
Het Parool, De Nederlandse Opera - Legende, February 2011
"On aurait du coup préféré entendre dans cette partie l'excellent Thomas Oliemans qui interprète un Hercule fantasque à la voix autoritaire et au jeu savoureux."
Emmanuel Andrieu, Anaclase, Festival d'Aix en Provence - Alceste, July 2010

Thomas Oliemans

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Thomas Oliemans

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Thomas Oliemans

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

Thomas Oliemans

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Thomas Oliemans

Photo Credit: Marco Borggreve

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