"The Vocal cast, on the other hand, has more than one trick up its sleeve. Thomas
Erlank draws a constant momentum of tenderness by administering the musical line and its
silences with deference and greed. The shimmering timbre transforms the Chevalier's fears into a heartbreaking festival of compassion."
Le Chevalier - Les Dialogues des Carmelites, Opernhaus Zürich ´22
Thibault Vicq, OperaOnline
South African tenor Thomas Erlank is a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich since 2020 after completing two years as a member of the International Opera studio.
Thomas already appeared as Conferencier in Last Call, a new commision by Michael Pelzel, in the Wiederaufnahmen of Andreas Homoki's production of Fidelio and
Tatjana Gürbaca's productions of Die Zauberföte and Rigoletto.
During the season 2018/2019 Thomas made his house debut with the premiere of Christian Spuck's ballet production of Hans Zender's composed interpretation of the Winterreise.
Further productions during his time at the studio include Sebastian Baumgartner's Belshazzar and Il Barbiere di Siviglia directed by Johannes Pölzgutter.
On the concert stage Thomas has performed works by JS Bach, GF Händel, J Haydn, Saint-Saens, WA Mozart, FP Schubert, and S.vd Merwe.
After some years of studying at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, Thomas moved to London where he completed a post-graduate diploma in vocal performance, a master's degree, and a post master's diploma in opera performance at the Royal College of Music.
Thomas remains a member of the ensemble at Opernhaus Zürich with planned roles such as Taamino in Mozart’s Zauberflöte & Stimme des Seemanns in Wagner´s Tristan und Isolde.
1 Gefangener - Fidelio
Elpenor -Die Odyssee
Lurcanio - Ariodante
Acis - Asic & Galatea
Grimoaldo - Rodelinda
Wise man - Belshazzar
School Master - The Cunning
Lucano/Primo Soldato -
Il Podesta - La finta giardiniera
1 Geharnischter - Die Zauberflöte
Arbace - Idomeneo
Conferenciere - Last Call
Aminta - L'olimpiade
Lacouf - Les Mamelles de Teresias
Le Chevalier - Les Dialogues des
Dr Blind - Die Fledermaus
Borsa - Rigoletto
Stimme des Seemanns - Tristan
Stephen - In the Locked Room
Mass B-Flat Maj -
Mass No.2 G maj D.167
A composed interpretation
of Schubert's Winterreise