Opera Music Theater International
OMTI Lifetime Achievement Award
Stewart is unique in the world of opera. He is one of the few American
singers to perform leading roles in the major opera houses of both the
United States and Europe in the German, Italian and French repertoire.
Thomas Stewart was the recipient of the 1985 San
Francisco Opera medal for 25 years of distinguished performance with
that company. Recently he sang Wotan in their cycle of Wagner's Der Ring
des Nibelungen and King Lear in Jean Pierre Ponnelle's production of
Reimands's opera Lear. His recent performances in Die Meistersinger and
The Magic Flute with the Lyric Opera of Chicago marked a triumphant
return to this company which presented his professional debut in 1954
(also the company's inaugural season) in Giannini's Taming of the Shrew
and opposite Maria Callas in Lucia di Lammermoor. At the Metropolitan
Opera his repertoire included Wagner's Sachs, Wotan, the Wanderer,
Wolfram, Hollander, Amfortas, Kurvenal and Gunther. In the Italian and
French repertoire he was represented by Golaud in Pelleas et Melisande,
the Four Villians in Hoffman, Escamilo, Verdi's Iago, Amonasro and Ford
(Met debut, 1966). Mozart's Count and Giovanni, Strauss' Orestes and
Jokanaan and Britten's Balstrode, were also starring roles in the new
productions at the Metropolitan.
After a Fulbright Scholarship, he and his wife Evelyn Lear were engaged
with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1958. Mr. Stewart soon became
world-renowned for his repertoire of Wagnerian roles, including thirteen
years at the Bayreuth Festival and as the first American baritone to
sing all four leading roles in the ring cycle of Wagner at the Festival.
In addition Thomas Stewart has sung Der Ring Des Nibelungen with the
Vienna, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Hamburg, Paris, San Francisco and
metropolitan Operas and at the Salzburg Festival with Karajan. He has
sung with many other eminent conductors, including Kempe, Knappertsbusch,
Solti, Colin, Davis, Mehta, Ozawa, Leinsdorf, Pretre, Maazel, Levine and
Thomas Stewart has recorded many of his operatic roles including the
Bayreuth Festival's Parsifal, Die Walkuere, Siegfried and
Gotterdaemmerung with von Karajan; Lohengrin with Kubelik and Der
Fliegend Hollaender with Bohm. Other recordings include Nabucco, Les
Contes d'Hoffmann and Tiefland.
Thomas Stewart has received the Opera Music Theater International
Lifetime Achievement Award for his illustrious career in the history of
opera, and his commitment to a new generation of OMTI Emerging Artists,
through the OMTI Master Class Series at the National Museum of Women in
the Arts, and as adjudicator of OMTI International Vocal Competitions.
USAir is an official sponsor of OMTI.