Thomas Blondelle


Belgian tenor Thomas Blondelle was born in Bruges in 1982 and started his singing career at his home town’s Stedelijk Conservatorium when he was 14 years old. He also studied piano, music history, composition and chamber music. At the University of Leuven, he obtained his degree in musicology. He was awarded the First Prize at the Axion Classics competition in 2001, the Second Prize at the Prix Jâcques Dôme singing competition in 2002, the Prize for a Young Promising Contestant at the Viñas Competition (Barcelona) in 2005 and the Second Prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth 2011 in Brussels.

While still studying, he made his debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie (Brussels) in 2003, singing Hans Scholl/Die Weiße Rose. He then performed at Grand Théâtre de Luxemburg, De Vlaamse Opera, Opéras en plein air Paris as well as the Opéra de Toulon.

In 2007, Thomas Blondelle created the leading part of Melchior Gabor in Benoît Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, a role he later sang at Strasbourg’s Opéra national du Rhin in 2008. He was an ensemble member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig (2006-2009) and has been a soloist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s ensemble since 2009. In the recent past, he has been invited by the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Volksoper Wien, the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Saito Kinen Festival, De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam, the Luzern Festival, the BBC Proms and the Opéra National du Rhin in Strassburg. In the summer of 2014, Thomas Blondelle made his USA debut at Cincinnati Opera. In august 2014, he returned to the BBC Proms and sang the tenor solo in the world premiere of Piet Swerts’ oratorio The Sack of Louvain.

In concert performances Thomas Blondelle sang tenor solo at the Philharmonie Berlin, the KlangVokal Musikfestival Dortmund, the Stuttgarter Philharmonikern, Konzerthaus Dortmund and the Philharmonie Cologne. As a soloist he performed with Deutsches Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Nancy Opera, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker, WDR Rundfunkorchester, WDR Symphonieorchester Cologne, Brussels Philharmonic and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.

A devoted recitalist, his repertoire includes the main German song cycles, a recital programme called Banalités (recorded for Fuga Libera), and a recital with Italian Art songs by Rossini, Verdi and Tosti.

Concerts with Thomas Blondelle.
fri 15.09, 20:30
Sint-Maartenskathedraal, Ieper
sat 16.09, 20:30
Sint-Maartenskathedraal, Ieper