Described by the NY Times as an “oceanic bass” Tom McNichols continues to garner praise for work ranging from internationally acclaimed premiers to standard concert repertoire. In the last six years, his voice has been heard on five continents in live performance, live and recorded radio broadcasts and eight studio recordings in work ranging from the narration of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with the Boston Pops to world premieres of new operatic work.
Following the premier of Death and the Powers at Opera Monte Carlo in September of 2010 in which Musical America praised him for a “powerful sonorous bass.” Tom covered the role of Bustamente in La Navarraise with the Opera Orchestra of NY at Carnegie Hall. 2011 begins with a revival of Death and the Powers by Tod Machover with The American Repertoire Theater and The Chicago Opera Theater and a recording of the opera for a 2012 release. Additionally, 2012 saw him as Sarastro in Die Zauberfloete with Opera Grand Rapids and with Trenton’s Boheme Opera. He begins his 2012-13 season singing the role of God in the world première of Matthew Harris’ The Mark of Cain with Chelsea Opera, followed by his Opera Omaha debut in 2013 as Sarastro. Future engagements include reprises of Death and the Powers at the Dallas Opera and in Rio de Janeiro.
2013 will see the release of The Bohemians movie: a modern adaptation of the timeless opera, La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini, for the big screen in present day Williamsburg, Brooklyn in which he performs the role Colline.
The 2010 season included the premier of the role of “Inquisitor Felletti” in Francisco Calluffo’s Il Caso Mortara followed by “Bonze” in Madame Butterfly and the bass soloist in Donizetti’s Requiem, all with The Di Capo Opera.
Tom is most at home with the Basso Profundo and Basso Cantante repertoire including Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Osmin in Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail and Sparafucile in Rigoletto.
An appearance as a grand semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008 led Tom to resign his tenure with CANTUS, a position he held for four seasons. Among other engagements, those years included full time touring, live and studio recordings, live broadcasts via NPR, APM and the EBU and performances in all the nation’s coveted concert halls including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Spivey Hall and the Library of Congress.
Tom holds a MM from The Peabody Institute and currently studies with Michael Paul in NYC.
Opera Carolina Performances:
The Magic Flute (2012–2013)