Known for his "pleasant, well rounded voice" (Palm Beach Arts), baritone Thomas Lehman is a versatile artist whose repertoire ranges from Bach to Berio. Currently a Young Artist at Florida Grand Opera, Lehman appeared as Peter Niles in Mourning Becomes Electra, Ben in The Telephone, and as King Tashi/Narrator in an outreach production of David Chesky's The Mice War. While at Florida Grand Opera, he worked with artists and clinicians such as Ramon Tebar, Kevin Newbury, Diana Soviero, Lauren Flanigan, Bernard Uzan, David Gately, A. Scott Parry, and Julie Maykowski.
Mr. Lehman received his Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, singing leading roles in Assassins, Il matrimonio segreto, Manon, and The Bartered Bride. A student of Carol Webber, he has worked with coaches, directors, and conductors including Benton Hess, Margo Garrett, Martina Arroyo, Graham Johnson, William Weinert, Lawrence Doebler, Russell Miller, Jean Barr, Paul Sperry, David Lefkowich, Sam Helfrich, Brad Hougham, Enza Ferrari and Brian DeMaris. He made his professional operatic debut in 2010 as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte with the Delaware Valley Opera and has appeared as a Studio Artist with the Chautauqua Opera. His undergraduate work was done at Ithaca College, where he performed leading roles in Ravel's Lʼenfant et les sortilèges, Viardot's Cendrillon, Rachel Portman's The Little Prince and Mozart's Don Giovanni and La finta giardiniera.
In Spring of 2014, Mr. Lehman was awarded the Curt Engelhorn scholarship from The Opera Foundation, allowing him to join the 2014-15 Deutsche Oper Berlin roster. He won first place and the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize at the 2010 Friends of Eastman Opera Competition, first place in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder Competition, an encouragement award at the 2013 MONC Great Lakes Auditions, the Grand Prize at the Orpheus Competition in Nashville, TN, and won the fourth Prize at the Rochester Oratorio Society Classical Idol Competition.
In concert, Lehman has performed in works by Bach, Britten, Dvořák, Orff, Beethoven, Schubert, Handel, Haydn, and Schumann, as well as the requiems of Duruflé, Mozart, and Brahms. A large proponent of new music, Lehman performed the works of Pulitzer prize nominated Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon at the Festival Internacional Cervantino, as well as the songs of Takemitsu prize winner Arlene Sierra.
"Baritones Keith Phares as Orin Mannon, and Thomas Lehman as Peter Niles sang excellently in their roles..."
"Thomas Lehman and Riley Svatos both sang with fresh, vocal purity that expressed the relative innocence of their roles. "
-South Florida Classical Review
" Lehman made the stronger impression, in part because he has more to do; he made good use of his pleasant, well-rounded voice."
-Palm Beach Arts
"The cast has no weak links, only members who are truly committed to the piece."
"Lehman gives arguably the strongest performance of the cast, his sweeping vibratos ringing all the way to the back of the theater."
"From just across one of Ithaca’s gorge’s came young Thomas Lehman, a sophomore at nearby Ithaca College, who sang the Commendatore and Masetto. He is a real talent, blessed with a penetrating but never-harsh voice and a compelling stage presence that allowed him to convince as the cold and damning statue and as the jealous swain."
-David Yearsley, Counterpunch
Naval Captain, Manon Lescaut | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Fiorello, Il barbiere di Siviglia | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Zweiter Geharnischter, Die Zauberflöte | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Perichaud, La Rondine | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Ashby, La fanciulla del West | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Jailer, Tosca | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Official of the Registry, Madama Butterfly | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Customs Sergeant, La bohème | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Second Flemish Deputy, Don Carlo | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Zaretsky, Eugene Onegin | Deutsche Oper Berlin
Peter Niles, Mourning Becomes Electra | Florida Grand Opera
King Tashi, The Mice War | Florida Grand Opera
Krusina, The Bartered Bride | Eastman Opera Theatre
Count Robinson, Il matrimonio segreto | Eastman Opera Theatre
John Wilkes Booth, Assassins |Eastman Opera Theatre
De Brétigny, Manon | Eastman Opera Theatre
Guglielmo, Così fan tutte | Delaware Valley Opera
Pilot, The Little Prince | Ithaca College
Anthony Hope, Sweeney Todd | Sherman Theatre
Pooh Bah, The Mikado | Pennsylvania Lyric Opera
L’arbre/Le fauteuil, Lʼenfant et les sortilèges | Ithaca College
Baron Pictordu, Cendrillon (Viardot) | Ithaca College
Masetto, Don Giovanni | Cornell University/Les Petits Violons
Nardo, La finta giardiniera | Ithaca College
Franz Schubert: Die schöne Mullerin
Eastman School of Music, Christopher Reed
Felix Mendelssohn: Gloria in Eb
Eastman School of Music, Lee Wright
G.F. Handel: Utretch Te Deum & Jubilate
Lutheran Church of the Reformation, David Chin
W.A. Mozart: Requiem
Hobart & William Smith College, Yunn-Shann Ma
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, Michael Unger
W.A. Mozart: Aria Concert
Rochester Chamber Orchestra, David Fetler
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Rochester Philharmonic , Christopher Seaman
J.S. Bach: Matthäus-Passion
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, , Michael Unger
J.S. Bach: Johannes-Passion
Voices, William Weinert
Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon: Niño Polilla
Cervantino Festival, Eastman Broadband Ensemble
Maurice Duruflé: Réquiem
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Lawrence Doebler
Carl Orff: Carmina Burana
Ithaca College Choir, Lawrence Doebler
J.S. Bach: Magnificat
First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, Lawrence Doebler
J.S. Bach: Kaffee-Kantate, BMV 211
Ithaca College Baroque Ensemble, Mark Kaczmarcsyk