Baritone Sumner Thompson has been hailed as “the real thing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) and praised for his “elegant style” (Boston Globe). He has appeared on operatic stages from Boston to Copenhagen, including the Boston Early Music Festival’s productions of Conradi’s Ariadne and Lully’s Psyché and in the title role of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Contemporary Opera Denmark. He has performed as a concert soloist with many leading ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Britten-Pears Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Boston Early Music Festival, Apollo’s Fire, Pacific Baroque Orchestra, Les Boréades de Montréal, Mercury Baroque, Les Voix Baroques, Boston Baroque, and Tafelmusik. A noted recitalist, Mr. Thompson has sung in Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Regensburg, and at London’s famed Wigmore Hall.
Engagements in 2012–13 include Handel’s Messiah with the Handel and Haydn Society, Bach’s St. John Passion with Orchestra Iowa and Switzerland’s Gli Angeli Genève, a return to Early Music Vancouver’s summer festival with Les Voix Baroques, and Messiah with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Thompson can be heard on the Boston Early Music Festival’s Grammy-nominated recording of Lully’s Psyché on the CPO label, and with Les Voix Baroques on Canticum Canticorum, Carissimi Oratorios, and Humori, all on the ATMA label.