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Biography

Thomas Erlank, a South African tenor, currently resides in Zurich where he has joined the International Operas Studio at the Opernhaus Zurich for the season 18/19 & 19/20.

 

Before moving to Switzerland, Thomas completed 4 years of post graduate studies  predominantly under the mezzo Patricia Bardon at the Royal College of Music in London ,and prior to that an undergraduate course at the University of Stellenbosch under the tutelage of Minette Pearce.

In 2011 Thomas was announced the winner of the Mable Quick singing bursary and during that same period, he made his professional debut as soloist in Dr Steven van Der Merwe’s, then newly composed, Eleven – a requiem for a parent, in the St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town.

A most recent success for Thomas was singing the premiere, and following performances, of Hans Zender's composed interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise in a production with Zurich Ballett at Opernhaus Zurich.

"...der aus Südafrika stammende Tenor THOMAS ERLANK kurzfristig
eingesprungen. Er ist seit dieser Spielzeit ein Mitglied des Internationalen Opernstudios
Zürich und dieser Abend war sein Debüt am Opernhaus. Zudem sang er seine erste
Winterreise vor Publikum. Was Thomas Erlank an diesem Abend leistete, war schlicht
großartig. Die vielen Nuancen und Texte sang er mit facettenreicher Stimme auswendig. Eine
Glanzleistung." - Das Opernmagazin ,

"Eingesprungen ist der junge Thomas Erlank,
Mitglied des IOS. Er hatte die Proben mitgemacht, war auch für zwei Vorstellungen im
November und Dezember vorgesehen gewesen. Nun wurde sein Debüt also vorgezogen – und
Thomas Erlank ersang sich einen wohlverdienten Triumph. Welch wunderbare Stimme, ein
kerniger, bronzefarbener und in der Höhe ungemein weich und sanft intonierender Tenor, ein
Timbre zum Niederknien!" - Oper Akteull

In operatic repertoire Thomas has sung the roles of Aeneas in Dido & Aeneas (Purcell, University of Stellenbosch Conservatoire), Dr Blind in Die Fledermaus (Strauss, Royal College of Music), Acis in Acis & Galatea (Handel, Benslow Music), Il Podesta in La finta Giardiniera (Mozart, Royal College of Music), Lurcanio in Ariodante (Handel, London Handel Festival/RCM), Lacouf in Les Mamelles de Terisias (Royal College of Music), Schoolmaster in The cunning little Vixen (Royal College of Music), and Flute/Thisby in A Midsummer Night's Dream(Royal College of Music.

 

 

In 2015 Thomas was involved in a documentary (‘Finding Messiah’) produced by the Hollywood award-winning filmmaker D.David Morin about a conductor’s journey with the Messiah (G.F.Handel), released September 2015.

 

Thomas also enjoyed performing a large variety concert repertoire during his time in the UK; Mozart Requiem with the Brandenburg Sinfonia & Medici Choir (St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square), Haydn Creation Mass with the Goldsmiths Choral Union (Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square), Haydn Nelson Mass as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival, A Cotswold Romance by Vaughan Williams at the Dartington Hall, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Southern Pro Musica orchestra (Charterhouse Chapel), and more.

During the coming season at Opernhaus Zurich, Thomas will enjoy performing Hans Zender’s orchestration of  Schubert’s Winterreise with the Zurich Ballett, Borsa in a revival of Verdi’s Rigoletto , and the tenor role  in The Last call, a new commission by Michael Pelzel.