Adrian Thompson is a British tenor with an established career and a great reputation in Europe, especially based on his interpretations of the music of Benjamin Britten.
He has collaborated with many European companies, such as the Dutch Opera, the Zuid Opera, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, the New Israeli Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, the English National Opera, the Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera ( Covent Garden), the Frankfurt Opera, the Welsh National Opera and the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris.
He has performed with the Ottawa National Arts Center Orchestra, Schoenberg Ensemble, Sixteen, English Concert, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonietta, BBC Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Nash Ensemble and Academy of Ancient Music, among others. He has worked with directors such as Richard Hickox, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Steuart Bedford, Philippe Herreweghe, Libor Pesek, Oliver Knussen, Jane Glover, Colin Davis, and Osmo Vänskä.
His main concert repertoire includes “St. Nicolas” and “War Requiem” by Britten, as well as a large number of important works by that composer. He has sung both parts of the evangelists in the Passions of J.S. Bach; Verdi’s “Requiem”; Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius,” “The Apostles” and “The Kingdom”; Handel’s “Messiah” and “Judas Maccabaeus”, Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”; “Parolas tissées” by Lutoslawski; Beethoven’s ninth symphony and other works by Stravinsky, Nono, Bruckner and Beethoven.
He is a faculty member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches master classes at Dartington Summer School, most of them about 18th century oratorio and opera performance.