2011, Thomas Atkins

Thomas has been performing since he was young.  In 2003 he was chosen to sing as the treble soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony in Wellington, conducted by composer Howard Shore.  Two weeks later he performed again in Taiwan with the Taiwan National Orchestra and conductor John Mauceri.

After finishing college, Thomas was offered a full scholarship at the New Zealand School of Music to study a Bachelor of Music majoring in Classical Performance Voice.  In 2011 he took on the role of Lysander in the New Zealand School of Music's production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  After attending the 2012 New Zealand Opera School, Thomas played the lead tenor role, Oronte, in the 2012 Opera in a Days Bay Garden's production of Handel's Alcina followed by NBR New Zealand Opera's Production of Rigoletto, where he understudied the role of Borsa, and sang as part of the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus in the Wellington performances.  

Thomas was selected as a semi-finalist in the IFAC Australian Singing Competitions and competed in this event in October.  

Shortly before leaving for Australia, Thomas was solo tenor for the Chorale's August 2012 concert, pictured below:

Thomas continues to be a shining success.  In October, 2013, he received the Arts Foundation Award for Patronage.  

At the 2012 IFAC Australian Singing Competition, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he has begun postgraduate studies.