Thomas Atkins was born in New Zealand and received a scholarship from the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation and the New Zealand Arts Foundation. After studying at the New Zealand School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London, he perfected his skills by participating in the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House in London. After making his London debut in the roles of Roderigo (Otello), Poisson (Adriana Lecouvreur), Gaston (La Traviata), and the First Armoured man (Die Zauberflöte) he went on to appear as Rodolfo in La Bohème, first at the Opera North, and then in Gothenburg and New Zealand. He has also performed the roles of Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Montpellier Opera, and Tamino in a semi-staged version of Die Zauberflöte at the Glyndebourne Festival. Thomas Atkins has also performed Beethoven’s Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski and sung the role of Empsaele (Donizetti’s Il Paria) with Opera Rara under the musical direction of Sir Mark Elder.
Thomas Atkins is making his Paris Opera debut