Thomas Dreeze has been praised for his baritone voice of wide range, flexibility, warm-timbre and a sincere musical intelligence. October 2017 marks his debut with the Cincinnati Symphony with music director Louis Langrée in Pelléas et Mélisande, part of the re-opening celebrations of Cincinnati’s Music Hall. He sings frequently with Cincinnati Opera, most recently performing multiple roles in Frida, from a teenage Cachuchas gang member to Frida’s father to Nelson Rockefeller, during the summer 2017 season. This spring Mr. Dreeze sang Brahms’s A German Requiem with John Morris Russell and the Hilton Head Symphony and again in July with Collegium Cincinnati’s SummerSing 2017 led by Christopher Eanes. Upcoming engagements include Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart Great Mass in C minor, all with the Butler Philharmonic conducted by Paul Stanbery; and Haydn’s Creation on the Knox Music Series conducted by Earl Rivers.
Thomas Dreeze has shared the stage with vocal luminaries including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Kiri te Kanawa, Grace Bumbry, Tatiana Troyanos, and Samuel Ramey. Recently he has sung with the current generation of stars including Nicole Cabell, Jessica Rivera, Catalina Cuervo, Sean Pannikar, Rodion Pogossov, Nathan Gunn, Bill Burden, and Roberto di Candia.
Thomas Dreeze made his Cincinnati Opera debut in 2011 in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and has since appeared in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier, Kevin Puts’s Silent Night, Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus. He has appeared in numerous special performances with Cincinnati Opera including Opera in Washington Park, at the Mercantile Library, Hebrew Union College, and the Cincinnati Women’s Club.
Since 2012 Mr. Dreeze has sung Melchior, Balthazar and the Page in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra / Xavier University production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. In October 2015 he was vocal soloist in the Cincinnati Ballet production of The Lady of the Camellias. A November 2015 recital tour in the Midwest and Boston preceded his debut with the Atlanta Symphony in December and an appearance at the Bellingham Music Festival in July 2016 with conductor and artistic director Michael Palmer. He has also performed numerous times with Cincinnati’s acclaimed Vocal Arts Ensemble under the direction of Craig Hella Johnson. Mr. Dreeze has also sung with the Minnesota Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Concerts, and Chicago Opera Theatre.
Since autumn 2013 Mr. Dreeze has been an adjunct instructor of voice at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he also teaches Opera Workshop. He regularly appears in concert and recital with the Xavier University Chorus and Orchestra most recently in Mozart’s Requiem and Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. Since 2015 he’s been soloist and section leader at Knox Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.
Thomas Dreeze has enjoyed a varied career in music, arts administration and events management that has taken him from Toledo, OH, to London, New York, Chicago, Boston, the Twin Cities, the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest. He performs opera, operetta, music theatre, art song, the American songbook, and more.
Mr. Dreeze is a co-founder of Evans Mirageas Consulting which offers artistic and strategic planning for classical music organizations and musicians around the world (www.evansmirageas.com). He was Events Program Manager at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, and Events Manager at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A founding member of the Dewey-Cygnet Repertoire Theatre in his hometown of Toledo, OH, Mr. Dreeze received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Toledo and Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from the University of Michigan.