Thomas Ruud, tenor, was born in Oslo, Norway, and started singing already at the age of six in a boys' choir. He is educated from the Academy of Operatic Art in Oslo, and from the University of the Pacific in California, USA.
In 1994 he made his debut at the Norwegian National Opera as Count Almaviva in «The Barber of Seville», and this performance was broadcasted on television by NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation). Since then he has sung Almaviva in more than 150 performances. He now has many of the most significant tenor roles in his repertoire, such as Don José/«Carmen», Pinkerton/«Madame Butterfly», Rodolfo/«La Bohème», Cavaradossi/«Tosca», Pollione/«Norma», Hoffmann/«The Tales of Hoffmann», Steva Burya/«Jenufa», and the title role in «Faust».
Thomas has been engaged at some of the most important opera houses in Germany, such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart, and the Staatsoper Hannover. Currently he lives in Berlin, and freelances as a soloist throughout the world, including the USA, Mexico and New Zealand. He often visits Norway in opera productions, and is also in much demand as a soloist in concerts and oratorios/masses. The last four years he has been one of the three tenors at Hanne Krogh's successful Christmas Concert Tour throughout Norway, and this will be repeated also this year.
He has worked with conductors such as Patrick Fournillier, Timo Handschuh, Andreas Schüller, Christian Lindberg, Peter Szilvay, Eivind Gullberg Jensen and Kjell Seim, and with stage directors such as Dietrich Hilsdorf, Calixto Bieito, Enrique Mazzola, Lisa Kent and Ronald Rørvik.
In June 2011 Thomas did a concert together with the legendary soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, and in August the same year he sang the tenor part in Verdi's «Requiem» in Nidarosdomen, Trondheim, conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen. That summer he also sang the tenor part in Dvorak's «Die Geisterbraut» in Nürnberg and Darmstadt, which gave him brilliant critics from the German press.
Other recent assignments have been, among others; Cavaradossi/«Tosca» on tour in Norway, Pinkerton/«Madama Butterfly» and Count Ivrea/«Un giorno di Regno» at the Opera in Kristiansund, and Don José/«Carmen» at Opera Sør in Kristiansand, conducted by Peter Szilvay.