“Thomas Blunt conducted a small
accomplished orchestra with verve” Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph
“Good things here started with the orchestra, playing to a really high standard under Thomas Blunt’s cultured direction, beautifully paced and elegant” Robert Thicknesse, Opera Now
Thomas Blunt studied at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music in London before taking up the position of Chorus Master at Glyndebourne. He made his debut with the company a year later, conducting performances of L’elisir d’amore on the Tour, resulting in re-invitations to conduct Falstaff and La Cenerentola.
During this time he assisted conductors including Music Director Vladimir Jurowski, with whom he worked very closely on many productions. On completing his tenure as Chorus Master at Glyndebourne, Jurowski invited him to be his Assistant Conductor with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has since conducted several performances with the LPO: venues include the Royal Festival Hall (including three UK premières), Queen Elizabeth Hall, and the Sala São Paulo for three highly successful performances where the LPO were joined by the Coro da Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo for Bruckner’s Mass in E minor, resulting in an immediate re-invitation. Last year he completed the Allianz International Conductors’ Academy, the first ever British participant, where he worked with the LPO and the Philharmonia Orchestra, culminating in an acclaimed performance of Mozart’s Haffner Symphony with the LPO in the Royal Festival Hall.
Other highlights include appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera (Jephtha), English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Buxton Festival/Bampton Classical Opera (Italian Girl in London), the World Première of Dave Maric’s Ghosts for the Royal Opera House at the Linbury Theatre, Oxford University Orchestra, Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, and highly-acclaimed productions of The Rape of Lucretia and The Turn of the Screw which he co-produced for the Arcola Theatre, London.
He has also worked for Opera North, La Monnaie, and the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte di Montepulciano, and in addition to his regular conducting work he has assisted distinguished conductors including Maurizio Benini, Iván Fischer (in Budapest with the Budapest Festival Orchestra), Lothar Koenigs, and most recently Bernard Haitink with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
He recently returned from Sao Paulo where he conducted performances of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Coro da Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo; future plans include a debut with Opéra National du Rhîn conducting La Cenerentola, his first appearance at the St Endellion Festival conducting performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Gluck’s Il Parnaso and Bertoni’s Orfeo for Bampton Classical Opera and at St John Smith’s Square, and a debut for Opéra de Baugé conducting I Pagliacci.