Opera: For Humanity

In Germany, Jess Thomas is known as a jugendlicher Heldentenor. Put lit erally, it means young heroic tenor.

Put according to Thomas, it means that he has "the heroic amount of guts" needed to sing Wagnerian roles. Put in the U.S., it means that Thomas is the first and most notable of what appears to be a new stable of American heldentenors: men with the projection of a foghorn, the endurance of a marathon cyclist and the range of an ICBM. Most have an ego to match.

Jess Thomas scores high on all counts, as he proved last week singing the...

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