Dramatic Tenor | Heldentenor | Voice Instructor
About Thomas Clark
Montana-born Thomas Clark holds degrees in German and French and was Fulbright Scholar to both Germany and France, studying at the University of Munich and teaching English at a French lycee in Metz, France. Coming to the San Francisco Bay Area, he taught German at the University of California, Berkeley.
From earliest childhood, he sang and played the piano, developing a keen interest in singing and performing. His love of opera led him to develop a passion for vocal theories and pedagogies, eventually leading him to teacher Peter Gregg, a coach who had worked extensively with legendary Italian tenor Mario del Monaco. Gregg's unorthodox and iconoclastic vocal technique, developed with del Monaco and far different from conventional vocal methods, allowed Clark to make a successful transition from baritone to dramatic tenor.
His first tenor role was Prince Hal in Plump Jack opposite the composer, Gordon Getty, as Falstaff. His most notable performances include Siegmund in Die Walküre, Loge in Das Rheingold, Dick Johnson in La Fanciulla del West, Florestan in Fidelio, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Calaf in Turandot and Canio in I Pagliacci with Golden Gate Opera. He has studied with Eugene Fulton, Stanley Lichtenstein, Dietrich Erbelding, and Peter Gregg, as well as the tenors William Lewis and James King. He has also coached with Svetlana Gorzhevskaya and Jonathan Khuner of the San Francisco Opera.
Having earned a Certified Master Teacher credential from Estill Voice International, Thomas now devotes most of his time to teaching voice, and is proudly sharing ideas on vocal technique based on his years in the theater and the anatomical knowledge gained from the Estill voice model.