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 eleven studio recordings including the 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 and a feature on the Gotham/Naxos label in a new release of In Paradisum with the South Dakota Chorale.
Tom’s 2015-16 engagements included a return to the Dallas Opera for the premiere of Becoming Santa Claus by Marc Adamo, his debut with Portland Opera as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, and his debut with Austin Lyric Opera as the King in Aida. In concert this season he debuted with the Atlanta Symphony performing Mozart’s Coronation Mass. In 2016-17 he performs Sarastro with the Cincinnati Opera and in 2018 he returns to the Atlanta Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem. Prior to that he performed a revival of Death and the Powers at The Dallas Opera- a production which is now available on DVD and Bluray – debuted as Ferrando in Il Trovatore with Opera Sacramento, and Colline in La Boheme with South Texas Lyric Opera. He also portrayed Colline in The Bohemians, a modern day film adaptation of La Bohéme set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, soon to be released. Prior to that Tom 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 2013. In late 2012, Tom premiered the role of God in the new chamber opera The Mark of Cain with Chelsea Opera in NYC as well as Banquo in Macbeth with the Baltimore Concert Opera. Additional roles in 2013 included Acciano and Pirro (I Lombardi – Opera Orchestra of NY) and the workshop premier of La Reina, a new opera in workshop by the American Lyric Theater.
Soon after moving to NY, 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 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.
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”