THOMAS STUDEBAKER is acclaimed both for his performances in concert as well as in opera. Notable engagements in recent seasons include the role of Erik in Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer with the Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Australia, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Westdeutscher Rundfunk; Missa Solemnis with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Kurt Masur. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Seattle Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Seattle Opera.
Studebaker joined the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Development Program in the 1996/1997 season and made his Metropolitan Opera debut in September of 1997 as the Officer in Ariadne auf Naxos. Other Met appearances include Heinrich der Schreiber in Tannhäuser, Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Count of Lerma in Don Carlo, Ruiz in Il Trovatore, First Noble in Lohengrin, the First Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte, and Moser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He made his Santa Fe Opera debut in the summer of 1998 as Narraboth in Salome and his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in 2002 as Siegmund in Die Walküre.
Originally a baritone, Studebaker made his debut as a tenor in the Opera Theatre of St. Louis' 20th Anniversary Gala in the spring of 1995. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Illinois State University, Studebaker has been the recipient of grants from the Richard Gaddes Fund for Young Singers, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, and the George London Foundation.