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Thomas Oliemans

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Born in Amsterdam in 1977, the Dutch baritone Thomas Oliemans graduated from the Amsterdam
Conservatory, coached by Margreet Honig. He continued his studies with KS Robert Holl, Elio Battaglia, Dieter Müller and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. He made his opera debut in 2002 with the Nationale
Reisopera of The Netherlands as the Father in Hans Werner Henze’s Pollicino conducted by Aldert
Vermeulen. He returned as Minos in Händel’s Arianna in Creta and Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes
conducted by Kenneth Montgomery. Further opera appearances followed such as Heraut in Gluck’s

Alceste, Der Komthur in Schulhoff’s Die Flammen and Rudolf in Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang – all at the
Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw during the NPS opera matinee series. Douphol in Traviata with the
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and a live TV broadcast open-air concert with Vesselina Kassarova at the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam.

In 2005 he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Gonsalvo Fieschi in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten
conducted by Kent Nagano. Further important debuts followed in 2006 as Papageno in Mozart´s Die
Zauberflöte with the Opera of Nantes and Angers, to great public and critical acclaim, and at the Opera
de Genève as Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte. That same year he also sang Frank Martin’s ‘Der Sturm’ in
Mulhouse.

Most recent appearances include Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Scottish Opera, Maximilan
(Candide) at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at the Théâtre du Capitole in
Toulouse, Harlequin (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Tarquinius (Rape

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