AZO Cast Members & Creatives
Thomas Cannon is attracting attention as an important young singer with a unique vocal timbre, exquisite musicianship, and sensitive artistic expression. Described as “Strong and striking" with a “talent for characterization" (Opera Today), he has participated in young artists’ programs at the Glimmerglass Festival, where he was singled out for his “forceful, throbbing voice" (Opera News), Arizona Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Crested Butte Festival, The Dallas Opera, International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv-Israel and Santa Fe Opera. He has also appeared with Opera Roanoke as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. He was an artist fellow at The Music Academy of the West where he sang a “riveting Escamillo" in Carmen (Opera News). In the fall, Cannon sang the finals of Chicago Lyric Opera’s Ryan Center, and was a featured soloist in concerts with Gulfshore Opera.
Cannon has appeared on the concert stage in Carnegie Hall as soloist in Verdi’s Requiem, to benefit victims of Japan’s Earthquake; with The St. Cecilia Chorus of NY, singing Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Shubert’s Stabat Mater (D. 383). Elsewhere, he has performed a host of oratorio and orchestra works including: Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, and Handel’s Messiah.
He is a graduate of Baylor University (2006) and The Juilliard School (2008), on full scholarship. Notable teachers include: Nico Castel, Joan Dornemann, Mignon Dunn, Marlena Malas, and Sherrill Milnes.
Cannon has garnered awards from: The Dallas Opera Guild (Encouragement Award), Chautauqua Opera (Guild Award), The Anna Sosenko Foundation, West Palm Beach Opera (Finalist), Opera Birmingham (Encouragement Award), and The Metropolitan Opera National Council (Regional Finalist).
Cannon grew up in the small town of Hahnville, Louisiana. He is the oldest of three children and took to music at an early age by playing piano, drums & percussion. Cannon ultimately focused his passion towards singing and it is his absolute joy.