THOMAS MOSER, who was born and raised in America, studied at the Richmond Professional Institute, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Academy of the West at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then completed his musical studies with Martial Singher, Gerard Souzay, and Lotte Lehmann.
He made his European operatic debut in Graz, Austria, in 1975. In 1977, he made his debut at the Vienna State Opera, where he is now a member of the company. His many roles in Vienna have included Tamino, Don Ottavio, Tito, Lucio Silla, Idomeneo, Achilles (Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide), Flamand (Richard Strauss' Capriccio), Henry (Richard Strauss' Die schweigsame Frau), and in recent years Florestan (Beethoven's Fidelio), Fritz (Schreker's Der ferne Klang), Erik (Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer), and Lohengrin. In 1988 he was awarded the title of Viennese Kammersänger.
Moser is now a regular guest artist at the Opera Houses of Munich, Berlin, the Metropolitan Opera, Geneva, San Francisco, and Covent Garden. At the Paris Opera, he has sung Idomeneo, Tito and Pylade (Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride). He made his debut at La Scala, Milan, in 1985 as Tamino, returning there in 1990 as Florestan under Maazel and in 1991 as Tizikan in Cherubini's Lodoïska under Muti. He is a regular guest at the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals, where he has sung Florestan, Oedipus Rex and the Kaiser in Richard Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten under Solti. Recent operatic engagements also include Fliegende Hollander at the Opera Bastille, Fidelio at the Munich Opera and La Scala, Parsifal at the Vienna Staatsoper and Frau ohne Schatten at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera. During the 2002/03 season, Moser appeared in two new productions: Tristan und Isolde at the Vienna State Opera and Frau ohne Schatten at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The tenor's 2003/04 season includes Tristan in Vienna, Frau ohne Schatten in Berlin at the Deutsche Oper, Loge in Wagner's Das Rheingold in Munich, and Bacchus (Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos) and Aron (Schoenberg's Moses und Aron) at the Berlin State Opera, Unter den Linden.
Thomas Moser is a highly acclaimed recitalist. He has given recitals in the Vienna Musikverein, the Châtelet in Paris, and La Scala, Milan. His concert repertoire is vast, including the Bach Passions, as well as the choral works of Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Elgar, Britten, Franz Schmidt and Schoenberg. With Sir Colin Davis, he has sung Berlioz' La damnation de Faust and Roméo et Juliette in the Vienna Musikverein. He has sung Beethoven's Fidelio in concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Barenboim. He has recorded recently La damnation de Faust under Kent Nagano (Erato), and Schoenberg's Gurrelieder and Bizet's Carmen with Giuseppe Sinopoli (Teldec). His extensive concert and recording work has also included engagements conducted by Abbado, Giulini, Mehta, Solti, Maazel, Harnoncourt, Leinsdorf, Stein, Mackerras, Bernstein, and Karajan.