Thomas Macleay makes his Pacific Opera Victoria debut, creating the role of Charlie in the world premiere of Mary's Wedding in November 2011. Mr. Macleay has been involved in the development and workshop process for this new opera, commissioned by POV.
Thomas began the 2010-11 season as Acis in Opera Atelier's Acis and Galatea, followed by Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor with Vancouver Opera, and Salome with Opéra de Montréal, followed by Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia as well as scenes from Faust and Manon with Festival Opéra de Saint-Eustache.
Recent concert appearances include Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with l'Orchestre de la francophonie, Tempo in Handel's Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with The Classical Music Consort, Messiah with the Victoria Symphony, The Seven Last Words of Christ with les Disciples de Massenet and the Verdi Requiem with l'Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal.
Upcoming performances include Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the 2009-10 season he debuted as Pylade in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride with Opera Atelier and went on to sing Arturo Bucklaw in Lucia di Lammermoor with Opéra de Québec, Roderigo in Otello with Edmonton Opera and Kurt Weill's Seven Deadly Sins with Alberta Ballet. He has also been involved in creating roles for new operas, namely Charlie in Mary's Wedding with Pacific Opera Victoria and Kristian in Lillian Alling with Vancouver Opera. Thomas was recently featured in concert as Faust, Hoffmann, Paris and Nadir, and made his Canadian television debut as Gennaro in Bravo Canada's Death at the Opera.
In previous seasons Thomas has performed Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Jupiter in Semele and Peter Quint in The Turn of the Screw. Other roles include Pelléas, Azaël in Debussy's L'enfant prodigue, Michael in John Estacio's Frobisher, Bach's Evangelist and the Junger Seemann in Tristan und Isolde with Kent Nagano and the MSO. His concert repertoire includes Handel's Messiah and Saul, the Monteverdi Vespers, Haydn's The Seasons, and Mendelssohn's Elijah. He has been featured in over a dozen Opéra de Montréal productions.
Thomas Macleay studied music and drama at the University of Alberta, McGill University, the Banff Centre and l'Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal.
As Acis, Thomas Macleay displayed a sweet, dark-hued tenor that easily assumed a heroic tone and power.
Christopher Hoile, Opera News, 2010
One to watch is young tenor Thomas MacLeay as Pylade whose mellifluous sound and great acting skills will take him far.
Paula Citron, classical963fm.com, 2009