"What Thomas Erlank accomplished on this evening was simply
magnificent. He sang the many nuances...with a multi-faceted voice.

A brilliant performance."

Ballett Zürich – Winterreise​ Premiere

Marco Stücklin, Das OpernMagazin


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.

Due to the Covid pandemic many of the planned roles for his first season as a member of the Zürich opera ensemble could not be perfromed. These  include Arbace in Mozart's Idomeneo,  Aminta in Pergolesi's L'Olimpiade, Winterreise by Hans Zender, and Toby Higgins in Weill's Mahagony.

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 Le Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmelites, Stimme des Seemanns in Tristan und Isolde, Aminta in Pergolesi’s L’olimpiade, and Lucano in Monteverdi’s L'incoronazione di Poppea.



Liederabend Endler Hall


with Pieter Grobler

Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Sibelius, Rachmaninov

26 June

L'incoronazione di Poppea

C. Monteverdi

(Lucano, Primo Soldato, Famigiare 2)

14, 17, 19, 22, 26 Sept


G.F. Handel


3 Sept

Tchaikovsky Hall


Die Odyssee

L. Evers

(Elpenor, Freier 1)

13, 28 Nov

4, 11 15, 16, 26 Dec

8, 16, Jan

Dialogues des Carmelites

F. Poulenc

(Le Chevalier)

13, 17, 19, 25 Feb

3, 5 March


G.B. Pergolesi


12, 13, 16, 19


Tristand und Isolde

R. Wagner

(Stimme des Seemanns)

26 June

2, 6, 9 Jul




L Beethoven

Gefangener - Fidelio

GF Handel

Lurcanio - Ariodante

Acis - Asic & Galatea

Grimoaldo - Rodelinda

Wise man - Belshazzar

L Janacek

School Master - The Cunning

Little Vixen

WA Mozart

Il Podesta - La finta giardiniera

Geharnischter - Die Zauberflöte

Arbace - Idomeneo

M Pelzel

Conferenciere  - Last Call

GB Pergolesi

Aminta - L'olimpiade

F Poulenc

Lacouf - Les Mamelles de Teresias

J Strauss

Dr Blind - Die Fledermaus

G Verdi

Borsa - Rigoletto

Manfredo - I Vespri siciliani

R Wagner 

Stimme des Seemanns

H Watkins

Stephen - In the Locked Room




JS Bach


GF Handel


Dixit Dominus

J Haydn

Mass B-Flat Maj -


WA Mozart


FP Schubert

Mass No.2 G maj D.167

Winterreise D.911

C Saint-Saens

Christmas Oratorio

H Zender

A composed interpretation

of Schubert's Winterreise



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