Ms. Thomas is originally from Huntington, New York and has been an actress and singer in the US and in Europe for more than twenty years. Her professional credits include a nine-year stint as Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at the Neue Flora Theater in Hamburg, Germany. She starred in over eighteen hundred performances of the popular musical, as well as making many TV, radio and concert appearances, singing repertoire from Mozart to Gershwin. Prior to that time, she appeared on tour throughout Europe, including Paris, Nice, Amsterdam, Gothenburg, Munich, and Basil, as Laurey in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA!
Ms. Thomas began her career in NYC singing with several operetta companies there, including The Light Opera of Manhattan, the NY Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and The Opera Ensemble of NY. Her off-Broadway, regional, and national tour credits include, Maria in WEST SIDE STORY, Luisa in THE FANTASTIKS, Josephine in HMS PINAFORE, Mabel in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, Angelina in TRIAL BY JURY, Anne in A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, and Princess Tuptim in THE KING AND I.
In 2004 Ms. Thomas joined the SUNY Oneonta Music Department, teaching voice in both private studio as well as the fundamentals of technique for beginners. She also lectures on history of the American Musical and directs a vocal performance workshop for the singing/actor, which includes coaching repertoire from opera to the contemporary musical. She holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from Syracuse University and a BA in Music, and a minor in Speech, Communications and Theatre from SUNY Oneonta. Further professional training includes, private voice studio with soprano Ellen Repp, three years with the Roger Hendricks Simon Studio for Actors, Directors and Playwrights, along with several other New York based workshops, including the Riverside Shakespeare Company, Bob Sills Improvisation Workshop, and a Master Class Series with opera singer Nico Costel.
Ms. Thomas continues to perform in the New York area, as her teaching schedule allows. She performed at the Auburn Public Theater as Angelina Carter in the G&S inspired farce, PRECIOUS NONSENSE by Rachel Lampert, and has appeared several times at the Chenango River Theater in Greene, NY as Felicia in Paul Rudnick’s comedy I HATE HAMLET, Mrs. Van Daan in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and Madame Arcati in BLYTHE SPIRIT. In 2007 Ms. Thomas was nominated for a Native American Music Award for her portrayal of 18th century historical figure Molly Brandt in the opera MOLLY OF THE MOHAWKS. She has performed at the Proctor and Stanley theaters, singing Lola in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA with the Schenectady and Utica Symphonies, and at the Baseball Hall of Fame in the role of Lili in COOPERSTOWN, a Jazz Opera by local composer Sasha Matson. Other concert credits include the Poulenc GLORIA, Mozart’s CORONATION MASS, and Samuel Barber’s KNOXVILLE, SUMMER OF 1915 with the Catskill Symphony, Handel’s MESSIAH with The Voices of Cooperstown, and Carl Orff’s CARMINA BURANA, Poulenc’s STABAT MATER, 2014 Musical Theater Gala, Pops concert homage to Gilbert & Sullivan, and Haydn’s THE SEASONS with the Catskill Choral Society,