Baritone Thaddaeus Bourne maintains an active performance schedule in the U.S. and abroad. Performances this year include Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy (Hendricks Symphony), a concert directed by François Loup in Estavayer-le-Lac, Dandini in Opera MODO’s La Cenerentola, the trio baritone in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and recitals and masterclasses at Newberry College and the University of Michigan at Flint. In 2016-17 he performed as El Dancaïro in Carmen (Long Island Opera), Charlie in Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers (Opera MODO), Paco in Man of La Mancha (Indianapolis Opera), as a soloist at Earlham’s Opera Gala (Earlham College), Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance (Hendricks Symphony), Barone Douphol and Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata (Eerie Chamber Orchestra), and as Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Montefeltro Festival) and Il Conte Almaviva (Manhattan Opera Studio). In the 2015-16 season he performed as the baritone soloist in the Yellow River Cantata (The Confucius Institute), as a guest artist with the Misericordia Classical Series, Reverend Hale in The Crucible (Hartford Opera Theatre), Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus (Martina Arroyo Foundation), and created the role of the Angel in William David Cooper’s Hagar (National Opera Convention). Recent performances include Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid & the Thief (Opera Project Columbus), Happy in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (Indianapolis Opera), a concert performance of scenes from Mozart operas at Lincoln Center, The father in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel (Connecticut Lyric Opera), and Major-General Stanely in Pirates of Penzance (Simsbury Light Opera).
Work as a stage director includes Butler Opera Theatre’s productions of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Barab’s Game of Chance, Menotti’s The Old Maid & the Thief, Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, and a double bill of Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. For the UConn Opera Studio he directed productions of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Dan Shore’s The Beautiful Bridegroom and An Embarrassing Position, and Isabelle Aboulker’s Les Fables Enchantées. For UConn’s community outreach initiative he directed touring productions of Davies Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red’s Most Unusual Day. He also served as a guest director for Hartford Opera Theatre’s New in November Festival directing Morill’s 3am Blues, and scenes from Sarah Hutchings’s Styria.
In addition to his work at Butler University he also serves on the voice faculty of Earlham College and previously taught at the University of Connecticut where he completed his doctoral work. His dissertation research focuses on Zwischenfächer male voices (baritenors) and vocal faults that impact voice classification.