“The mad scene was a triumph… the audience awarded her a tremendous ovation.” – The New York Times
Indra Thomas is an African- American artist who rapidly establishing herself as one of the world's major sopranos. She have a large repertoire and especially known as a wonderful Verdi soprano. Of her performance as "Imogene" in Bellini's Il Pirata at the Caramoor Festival, The New York Times wrote, "The mad scene was a triumph...the audience awarded her a tremendous ovation."
After Graduating from Philadelphia's illustrious Academy of Vocal Arts, Indra Thomas made her professional debut in the Verdi Requiem in Carnegie Hall with the New York Choral Society followed by the Rossini Stabat Mater with The Little Orchestra Society. Her very first professional performance was in her teens when she sang What a Friend We Have in Jesus during the funeral scene of the critically acclaimed film, Driving Miss Daisy.
In 2003 Ms. Thomas was a soloist with The Boston Pops in their annual televised Fourth of July Concert conducted by Keith Lockhart. She has often performed in recital in the United States, most recently at the Caramoor Festival and at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. .
For Indra Thomas 2005-2006 is a season of major debuts; in Paris at Festival St. Denis, on opening night of The Proms performing Sir Michael Tippett's A Child of Our Time in London and the work which also served as her Boston Symphony debut. She made her debut in Italy, Spain, Russia and she has just performed Aida opposite Roberto Alagna at the Choregies d'Orange 2006.
During the summer of 2005, she gave a recital with Laura Ward at Colmar Festival. She returned to Paris for a performance of Villa-Lobos' La Fôret Amazonian which was recorded by Radio France. With Baltimore Symphony she sang Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 then began the fall season at Austin Lyric Opera as Leonora in Il Trovatore.
Highlights of Ms. Thomas' career include her New York Philharmonic debut in excerpts from Porgy and Bess in a gala New Year's Eve Concert conducted by Lorin Maazel and nationally televised on Live from Lincoln Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra; Liu in Turandot at The Metropolitan Opera and Aida at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
Future highlights for Ms. Thomas include two new roles; Leonora in La Forza del Destino in Tokyo in March 2007 and Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera at Hamburg Opera with subsequent performances at Italy's prestigious Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. With Riccardo Chailly and Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig she sings excerpts from Porgy and Bess and on April, in Paris at Théâtre des Champs Elysées she sings Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer.