Previously a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, Thomas taught maths before returning to postgraduate study at the GSMD, where he won the English Song Prize. Since graduating with distinction in 2009, highlights include the title role in Rossini's Il Signor Bruschino for British Youth Opera, Marcello and Schaunard in OperaUpClose's Olivier Award-winning production of La Boheme at the Soho Theatre and Alidoro in Rossini's Cinderella at the King's Head Theatre. Most recently he sang the role of Rambaldo in La rondine for Go-Opera and Dulcamara in L'elisir d'amore for Pop-up Opera. Other roles include Mozart’s Figaro and Count Almaviva, Onegin and Belcore, and other operatic work includes roles for New Chamber Opera, Barber Opera and Bury Court, and chorus for ENO, Grange Park and Garsington.
Highlights of his concert work include The Messiah with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Iain Burnside's song project The lads in their hundreds at Kings Place and on BBC Radio 3, in which his contribution was singled out by Opera Now as 'a tour de force', and Ives' General William Booth enters the Kingdom of Heaven with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO at the Barbican Hall.
"Thomas Kennedy...turned comedy caddishness into astonishing music"
The Times, L'elisir d'amore
"Thomas Kennedy put his rich baritone and pantomime skills to excellent use as Dulcamara"
Notes from Xanadu, L'elisir d'amore
"Thomas Kennedy’s beautifully pitched, richly characterised Dulcamara"
Reviewsgate, L'elisir d'amore
"Thomas Kennedy is vocal gold as Dulcamara"
The Lady, L'elisir d'amore