Described by the NY Times as an “oceanic bass” Tom McNichols continues to garner praise for his work ranging from acclaimed premiers to standard operatic repertoire. In the last 10 years, his voice has been heard on five continents in live performance, HD simulcast, live and recorded radio broadcasts and fifteen studio recordings including the Grammy Nominated Tyberg Masses with the South Dakota Chorale, narration of How the Grinch Stole Christmas with the Boston Pops, international premieres of new operatic works, full time touring in the preeminent men’s vocal ensemble CANTUS, as well as a soon to be released feature film adaptation of La Bohéme produced by Alvaro and Placido Domingo. .
In 2016-17 he performed Sarastro with the Cincinnati Opera and debuted at the Bard Music Festival in Moniuszko’s opera Halka, as well as stepping in at the last minute for the National Tour of All is Calm; The Christmas Truce of 1914 with Minneapolis based Theater Latté Da. In 2018 he returns to the Atlanta Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem Mass. Prior, he returned to the Dallas Opera for the premiere of Becoming Santa Claus by Marc Adamo, made his debut with Portland Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, performed the King in Aida with Austin Lyric Opera, and made his debut with the Atlanta Symphony performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Previous seasons included a revival of Death and the Powers at The Dallas Opera- a production which is now available on DVD and Bluray – Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera Sacramento, and Colline in La Boheme with South Texas Lyric Opera as well as Colline in The Bohemians, a modern-day film adaptation of La Bohéme set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, soon to be released to film festivals world-wide. Tom has also debuted the role of Sarastro with Opera Grand Rapids, a role he reprised in the Jun Kaneko production with Opera Carolina and Opera Omaha in the 13-14 season
Soon after moving to NY in 2009, Tom was engaged with Opera de Monte Carlo to premier the role of “The Administration” in Death and the Powers for which Musical America praised a “powerful sonorous bass,” followed by his Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of NY and roles in Madame Butterfly, Donizetti’s Requiem, Verdi’s MacBeth and I Lombardi and the world premiere of Il Caso Mortara. Revivals of Death and the Powers with The American Repertoire Theater and The Chicago Opera Theater, recording the original cast album and another cover with OONY followed in 2011. He can also be heard as The Compère on Boston Modern Orchestra Project’s recording of Virgil Thompson’s Four Saints in Three Acts.
In 2008 he was a grand semi-finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, which ended a four-year tenure with Cantus. Those years included 300+ performances in venues including Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Spivey Hall and the Library of Congress, as well as eight studio recordings and countless live broadcasts via NPR, EBU, CBC, APM, MPR and other radio distribution networks. Tom holds a BA in Theater Performance from The State university of NY-Plattsburgh and MM from The Peabody Institute at The Johns Hopkins University.
Musical America praised McNichols as a “powerful sonorous bass”