Thomas Edmonds (tenor)
Thomas Edmonds, (AM, BA, DipEd, DipT, MACE), is an Australian singer who was born in South Australia, Australia. He graduated from the University of Adelaide and the Adelaide Teachers College with a Diploma of Teaching and Education and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In 1961 he became a foundation member of the staff of Westminster School in Marion, and in 1965, he was appointed Deputy Headmaster of the School.
An internationally renowned opera singer, he has appeared in oratorios and many operas, including Mozart operas Don Giovanni (as "Don Ottavio"), and The Abduction From the Seraglio (as "Belmonte"), amongst others.
He also appeared in State Opera of South Australia production of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera "H.M.S. Pinafore" as Ralph Rackstraw, alongside Dennis Olsen and Judith Henley. The production was broadcast, throughout Australia, as a simultaneous television and stereo radio broadcast, by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Edmonds won eight successive Showcase TV series Grand Finals (beginning with Showcase 68), in which he won both the judges' vote and the television viewers' vote). He also won the Shell Aria Award.
Edmonds won the Australian National Eisteddfod Operatic Aria competition in 1969 and was one of the judges at the 51st Adelaide Eisteddfod during April 2006.
Thomas Edmonds recordings with RCA includes:
- "The Voice of Thomas Edmonds"
- "Wonderful Day, with Thomas Edmonds"
- "Thomas Edmonds on Tour"
- "Songs of the Open Road"
- "Remember with Thomas Edmonds"
- "Thomas Edmonds Sings Opera"
- "Serenade in Italy"
- "Thomas Edmonds Sings Songs of Faith"
- "By Request"
- "Gilbert & Sullivan Highlights"
- "The Voice of Thomas Edmonds" — LP album notes
- Thomas Edmonds and "H.M.S. Pinafore" - Gilbert and Sullivan Discography and review about the State Opera of South Australia's production of the opera
- Thomas Edmonds and Dennis Olsen - Gilbert and Sullivan Highlights compact disc information
- Australian National Eisteddfod Operatic Aria Winners - 1955 to Present
- Vision Australia
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