Jeffrey Thompson

Rochester-born tenor Jeffrey Thompson completed his studies at the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati with William McGraw. In 2001, he was awarded First Prize in the Concours International de Chant Baroque de Chimay, Belgium under the jurisdiction of William Christie and selected to participate in the first edition of Jardin Des Voix with the French baroque ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in a concert tour of Europe’s prestigious theaters. This resulted in a series of performances with Les Arts Florissants including Hercules and Acis & Galatea (Handel), Charpentier’s Messe des morts and Te Deum (recorded for Virgin Classics) and was the tenor soloist in the DVD recording of In Convertendo (Rameau).
Other highlights of his career included the role of Zotico in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo under the direction of René Jacobs, Atys in Rameau’s Les Paladins in Basel, Aldobrandin in Gretry’s Le Magnifique (recorded for Naxos), Lurewel in Montsigny’s Le Roi et Le Fermier (recorded for Naxos), Monsieur Riss in Philidor’s Les Femmes Vengées (recorded for Naxos), Rameau’s Les Fêtes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (dvd recorded for Naxos) all under the direction of Ryan Brown (Opera Lafayette) in New York, Washington and Versailles, the title role in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie in Budapest, Acamas in Royer’s Pyrrhus (recorded for the label Versailles Spectacles), the title roles in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux in Sydney (recorded with Pinchgut Opera) and Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria in the production of William Kentridge and Philippe Pierlot (Ricercar Consort) in New York, Korea, Versailles, Berlin, Luxembourg and Palermo.
An avid recitalist and recording artist, he can be heard on cds including Charpentier’s and Lully’s Te Deum and Son of England both with Vincent Dumestre (Le Poème Hamonique), Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Philippe Pierlot, music of De Negri and Zamboni with Marco Horvat, a cd dedicated to the songs of Henry Lawes, motets of Sebastian de Brossard and sacred anthems for three male voices by Henry Purcell with ensemble La Rêveuse, and a solo cd with gambist, Philippe Pierlot, and theorbist, Daniel Zapico, entitled An Englishman’s Ballad.
Future projects include Monteverdi’s Vespers and Bach’s Saint John’s Passion in Canada with L’Harmonie Des Saisons, a North American tour/recording of the music of Henry Purcell with the Canadian viol Consort, Les Voix Humaines, concerts in Western New York with the Rochester based early music ensembles Pegasus and Publick Musick, Dowland lute songs with Les Voix Humaines and lutenist Nigel North, the world premier of Thomas Arne’s opera The Guardian Out-witted with Brandywine Baroque, concerts of tenor duets by Claudio Monteverdi and newly discovered duets by his contemporaries with the tenor Aaron Sheehan, as well as a recording of newly discovered arias and cantatas for tenor by the forgotten genius, Christoph Graupner, in Montreal.
After spending twenty years living in Paris, France, Mr.Thompson decided to relocate back to Rochester, New York, but continues to perform and record internationally.

Pegasus Early Music group

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