Born in Amsterdam in 1977, the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
In 2005 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten conducted by Kent Nagano. Further important debuts followed in 2006 as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Opera of Nantes and Angers, to great public and critical acclaim, and at the Opera de Genève as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte.
Most recent appearances include Marcello (La Bohème) and Donner (Das Rheingold) at the Nationale Reisopera, Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) Scottish Opera (both directed by Sir Thomas Allen), Hercule (Alceste) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, Maximilian (Candide) and Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia) both at the Vlaamse Opera. Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Opera National du Rhin Strasbourg, Frank (Die tote Stadt) at the Opéra National de Lorraine. His strong ties to De Nederlandse Opera have resulted in parts in Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera and Castor et Pollux. He also sang leading roles in two world-premiere productions of contemporary Dutch operas by Wagemans and Zuidam.
Thomas Oliemans appears regularly on the concert stage and his repertoire includes nearly all major works by J.S. Bach, Mahler’s orchestral song cycles, Requiems of Brahms, Fauré and Duruflé, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Honegger’s Le roi David as well as Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Recent concert appearances include Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra in Oslo, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Kioi Sinfonietta Tokyo and Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Bochumer Symphoniker.
Oliemans has worked with such conductors as Ivor Bolton, Frans Brüggen, Hartmut Haenchen, Edo de Waart, Jaap van Zweden, Reinbert de Leeuw, Paul McCreesh, and Riccardo Chailly.
His discography includes Schubert’s Winterreise, as well as the CD ‘Mirages’with song cycles by Francis Poulenc and Gabriel Fauré and Schubert’s Schwanengesang, both with pianist Malcolm Martineau. In orchestral repertoire 2010 saw the release of a disc with works by Frank Martin for baritone with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and conductor Steven Sloane.