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Thomas Gazheli

Soloist, Bass-baritone
Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Thomas Gazheli began his musical studies in his native town, studying trumpet and violin. He studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts) with Maclane-Lanier and later on with Josef Metternich in Munich. While studying in Frankfurt, he was hired by Donald Runnicles at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg. He then went on to collaborate with theaters in Basel and Munich, where she sang a wide and varied baritone repertory. He worked with leading conductors (Riccardo Muti, Marcello Viotti, Walter Weller, etc.) and renowned contemporary directors (Luc Bondy, Robert Carsen, Hugo de Ana, Christof Loy, Herbert Vernike, etc.). He has appeared at major opera houses around the world, including: La Scala Milan, Bayerische Staatsoper, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Staatsoper Dresden, Detroit Opera House, Theater an der Wien and Volksoper Wien, Teatro Regio Turin, Opera Basel, Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Teatro Massimo Bellini and Teatro Verdi. He has also sung in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Hamburg, Berlin, Essen, Bonn, Verona, Innsbruck, Festival Internacional de Santander (Spain). His wide-ranging repertory includes, inter alia, the roles of John [Salome], Orestes [Electra], Don Giovanni [Don Giovanni], Rigoletto [Rigoletto], Mephistopheles [La damnation de Faust], Coppelius and Dr. Mirakl [Les contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)], Nabucco [Nabucco], Ford [Falstaff], Giorgio Germont [La traviata], Don Pizarro [Fidelio], Eskamigio [Carmen] . He sings in concerts regularly. Lately, he interprets mainly German repertoire (Wagner, Berg, Weber, etc.). He has performed the title role in the The Flying Dutchman [Der fliegende Holländer] at the National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Opéra de Montréal, Hungarian State Opera, Tyrolean Festival Erl, as well as for the GNO at the Odeon Herod Atticus, directed by Giannis Kokkos (2012/13). // Last update of the biography: November 2015