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The determination, contribution and hard work are all opening doors for one of our Welsh tenors who is busy making a name for himself so early in his career. The Urdd Scholarship, an award from my foundation and many other deserved accolades; surely these are stepping stones on his journey across the river into our professional world. Don’t slip, keep going and we will be keeping an eye on you and will be there to help every step of the way. Enjoy the journey and I’ll see you on the other side of the river.

 – Bryn Terfel

 

 

 

As Johnny Inkslinger, the intellectual drawn into the business world, Elgan Llyr Thomas gave a performance of high intelligence in a well-controlled and purposeful light tenor voice. A singer of whom we shall, I think, hear more.

– for the role of Johnny Inksliger in Paul Bunyan for WNYO

 

Bunyan may loom largest, but Johnny Inkslinger – a cipher for Auden himself – is the main focus, and here Elgan Llyr Thomas’s tenor shone out as a real hope for the future.

– The Guardian

 

The emotional peak is the lament by Elgan Thomas, as Macduff, over the deaths of his family.

– TheatreWales.co.uk for Macduff in Macbeth for Opra Cymru

 

But the singers are the main thing, in particular Elgan Thomas. The young Welshman has a very fine tenor timbre, and his acting made Albert into someone who, though put-upon, had steel in his soul and was nobody’s fool.

– Manchester Theatre Awards for Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music

 


Elgan Thomas as Albert was outstanding as singer and actor, portraying both the role of conformist, browbeaten son of the opening acts, as well as the wayward who goes on a spree with his prize money, to near perfection. His strong tenor voice had the requisite clarity to go along with his acted conviction.

– Seen and Heard International for Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music

 

Elgan Thomas is an outstanding Albert. He makes the role very much his own…. A dark inner rage colours Thomas’s robust tenor; he becomes menacing in his cups; and he finally delivers a full-frontal Freudian verbal assault on his unsuspecting mother.

– The Times for Title Role in Albert Herring for the Royal Northern College of Music

 

Vocally, second-cast tenor Elgan Thomas steals the show here: he’s a fully-fledged tenore di grazia who can both grandstand, at least as much as the composer lets him, and sing sweet, soft nothings as girlfriend Rosaura (Nicola Said) hands him the lunchtime plates to dry

– Florindo in the Guildhall School’s production of Le Donne Curiose, November 2015
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Awards

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This photo was taken shortly after Elgan was awarded the Osborne Roberts Blue Riband award. He reached the final by winning both the Operatic Solo and Welsh song categories.

2015

  • Stuart Burrows International Voice Award
  • Les Azuriales Festival – Kerry Keane Young Artist Prize and the Audience Prize
  • Help Musicans UK Subil Tutton Award

2014

  • Help Musicians UK Sybil Tutton Opera Award

2013

  • Ryan Davies Memorial Trust Grant
  • Richard Owen Scholarship

2012

  • Bryn Terfel Foundation Study Grant
  • Osborne Roberts Blue Riband Award – National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • David Lloyd and Jean Skidmore Memorial Prize for most promising young Tenor – National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • London Welsh Male Voice Choir Scholarship – National Eisteddfod of Wales
  • London Welsh Male Voice Choir Award – National Eisteddfod of Wales

2011

  • Manchester Welsh Society Award – Royal Northern College of Music

2010

2009

  • Kathleen Ferrier Young Singers Bursary – 3rd Prize
  • Elsie Thurston Prize- Royal Northern College of Music
  • Gwilym Gwalchmai Jones Award – Royal Northern College of Music


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