Thomas Volle
Thomas Volle

The tenor Thomas Volle got his first singing lessons at the age of 8 in the boys choir Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw, there also having the opportunity to gain first stage experience as Knabe in "Die Zauberflöte" by Mozart on several opera stages all over Germany and Europe.

In 2002 he started his singing studies with Professor Thomas Quasthoff, initially at Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, later at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, where he was also a member of Wolfram Rieger's Lied class. Thomas Volle completed his studies with Berthold Schmid at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi in Leipzig. The young tenor was awarded the Frankfurter Mendelssohn-Preis 2008 and succeded several times at the competition Jugend musiziert. 2001 he was invited by Deutscher Musikrat to take part in the European Summer Academy for Chamber Music in Blonay. Thomas Volle attended various masterclasses with Charlotte Lehmann, 2007 he took part in the masterclass The Art of Song at Carnegie Hall in New York. Regularly he is invited to festivals such as the Mecklenburg- Vorpommern Festival, Biennale Alter Musik in Berlin, Bachfest Leipzig, Zermatt Festival, the Christmas Sibirian Festival Novosibirsk or Niedersächsische Musiktage.

Numerous operatic performances led him to different opera-houses, as for instance the Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris, the Opéra de Lille, Landestheater Coburg, Landestheater Detmold, Städtische Bühnen Bielefeld or Schlosstheater Rheinsberg and he was a member of the Young Opera Nordrhein-Westfalen and Niedersachsen. In Berlin Thomas Volle performed for instance as Oebalus in Mozart's "Apollo and Hyazinth" for the reopening of the Bode Museum and and he sang title roles such as Serse in Händel´s "Serse" or Nerone in "L'incoronazione di Poppea" by Monteverdi as well as Rinuccio in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi". Further he performed the role of Ferrando in Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte" in Leipzig, a production of P. Dusapin's "Passio" (world premiere) with Sasha Waltz & Guests Dance Company and the ensemble modern led him to the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. In the last years Thomas Volle made his debut as Tamino in Mozart´s "Die Zauberflöte" at the Festival Schärdinger Sommeroper and sang as Stephanus in "Paulus" (world premiere) by T. Jennefelt in Berlin followed for instance by further perfomances of Dusapin's "Passio" at La Monnaie in Bruxelles. Further he sang roles such as Pastore in "L'Orfeo" by Monteverdi in Berlin's HAU Theatre or as Guido in Donizetti´s "Enrico di Borgogna" in Vadstena. Lately Thomas Volle made his debut as Don Ottavio in Mozart´s "Don Giovanni" and as "Nureddin" in Cornelius´"Der Barbier von Bagdad", both at the Landestheater Coburg.

His extensive repertoire as concert and oratorio singer includes for instance Bach's passions, oratorios, masses and numerous cantatas, the Mozart´s masses and requiem as well as Haydn's "Die Schöpfung" or Händel's "The Messiah", Mendelssohn´s "Paulus" and "Elias" or Honegger´s "Le Roi David". Thomas Volle sang with orchestras like the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Lautten Compagney Berlin, Drottningholms Barockensemble, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Elbipolis Barockorchester, Leipziger Barockorchester, Scharoun-Ensemble, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Deutsche Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Halle, Academic Symphonic Orchestra Novosibirsk and Orquesta Filarmónica De Camara Madrid as well as with choirs and ensembles such as Eric Ericsons Kammarkör, I Fagiolini, Philharmonischer Chor Köln, Berliner Singakademie, State Russian A. Yurlov Choir Capella, Aurelius Sängerknaben Calw, Cäcilien-Chor Frankfurt and Singakademie zu Berlin. He performed in concerthalls such as Novosibirsk Philharmonia, Stockholms Konserthus, Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin or Rudolf-Oetker-Halle Bielefeld. Among others he worked with conductors like Marcus Creed, Peter Schreier, Robert Hollingworth, Franck Ollu, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Fredrik Malmberg, Olof Boman, Roland Kluttig, Wolfgang Katschner, Florian Heyerick, Ralf Popken or Wolfgang Helbich.

Thomas Volle is also very active as Lied singer. Lately he performed Mahler´s "Das Lied von der Erde" in Dresden, Schubert´s "Die schöne Müllerin" in Rattenberg and gave a Swedish song recital with the pianist Magnus Svensson as artist in residence at Vadstena Akademien .

Soon he will debut with Dresdner Kreuzchor and Roderich Kreile singing Bach´s "Matthäuspassion" and "h-moll Messe".