Dylan F. Thomas
Dylan F. Thomas is Co-Founder and the Artistic Director of Center Stage Opera in Reseda, CA. Thomas has directed full productions of over 20 operas, including Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Mozart’s The Impresario, J. Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus, Gounod’s Faust, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s Tosca, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Verdi’s La traviata, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, and Rossini’s La cambiale di matrimonio. Thomas is known for bringing his unique and creative vision to each production he directs, helping the audience to understand these classic operatic stories in fresh new ways that are meaningful to modern times.
Metropolitan Opera soprano Ana Maria Martinez described Thomas as “thinking out of the box in an intriguing and captivating way… an inspiring director and mentor, particularly for young artists.” Baritone Quinn Kelsey, of the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Metropolitan Opera, says that Thomas, “utilized his own intuitive twists on the storyline of certain pieces to give me as a singer a different perspective of my interpretation“. Kelsey says that Thomas’ unique new production and staging concepts “… could prove quite useful in bringing more and more audiences back to the opera. Mr. Thomas’ insight just seems to me to be a very healthy way to reenergize opera productions.”
Mr. Thomas is one of the creators of a brand new American Opera entitled Marie’s Orchard, for which he conceptualized the story, inspired by Willa Cather’s novel “O Pioneers!“, and penned the libretto. He worked closely with composer Philip Westin on the creation of this extraordinary new work, and he directed the successful world premiere production of the opera at Center Stage Opera in June 2011.
As Stage Director for the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa, CA, Thomas wrote and directed numerous shows for the Family Musical Mornings series, including “A Halloween Spooktacular” (2009 and 2010), “Superheroes!” (2010), and scripted introductions to Hansel and Gretel (2012) and Mozart’s The Magic Flute (2009). In May 2011, he wrote and directed a Casablanca-themed show for the Pacific Symphony’s prestigious annual Gala.
Mr. Thomas directed the semi-staged concert “Opera Under the Stars” at Orange County’s Opera Pacific, which featured opera super-stars Ana Maria Martinez, Chad Shelton, and Quinn Kelsey performing operatic favorites with the Opera Pacific Orchestra under the direction of Maestro John DeMain. Thomas worked as the Resident Outreach Stage Director at Opera Pacific, where he staged the educational outreach show entitled “Fun With Opera“. He also wrote and directed a variety show called Opera Soup for Opera Pacific’s “Opera in the Park” presentation in 2008, and directed The Tinker of Tivoli for their Opera Camp program, for which he also acted as Program Director.
In 2015-16 Thomas completed a return-engagement at Santa Monica College as Guest Director for their Opera Scenes program, and at California State University, Los Angeles as Director for Philip Glass’ Hydrogen Jukebox. In Spring 2017, Thomas returns to CSULA to direct Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
As a singer and actor, Dylan F. Thomas has performed extensively throughout California and internationally in opera, musical theater, jazz, and straight theater. He recently covered the title role in Verdi’s Otello with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, where he also performed the role of Constable in Fiddler on the Roof. In addition, he performed the aria “Vesti la giubba” from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci with the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater Orchestra, conducted by Maestra Barbara Day Turner. He recently made his New York City acting debut as Russell in The Spaghetti Catalyst at the historic 13th Street Repertory Theatre. Other notable opera roles include Cavaradossi in Tosca, Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Alfredo in La traviata, and Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen.
For ten months during 2006, Dylan F. Thomas was engaged as a performer in three different variety shows at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan. There he performed not only opera repertoire, but musical theater and jazz as well. He was a tenor soloist in the holiday spectacular, “A White Christmas Carol“, seen by upwards of 40,000 people each performance. In addition, he performed in a holiday jazz show, which was conceptualized, in part, by Mr. Thomas.