South African tenor Thomas Erlank recently joined the ensemble of Opernhaus Zürich (seasons 20/21 & 21/22) after 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 production 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.
Planned roles for his time as a member of the Zürich opera ensemble include Arbace in Mozart's Idomeneo, and Aminta in Pergolesi's L'Olimpiade,
Winterreise by Hans Zender, and Toby Higgins in Weill's Mahagony.
Furthermore, Thomas will sing the evangelist/tenor arias from Bach's St Johannes Passion under the baton of Riccardo Minasi, and Grimoaldo in a concert of Handel's
Rodelinda in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky concert hall.
On the concert stage Thomas has performed in 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.