Thomas Young, In the News

"Overall, the delivery is crisp, bright and blessed particularly by the acrobatic solo work of soprano Christine Brewer and Bolcom's wife, mezzo Joan Morris. Tenor Thomas Young has moments, too, as what may at times seem the voice of Blake, himself."
Porter Anderson, CNN Entertainment

"Most memorable of all is tenor Thomas Young, (he is) possessed of one of the most exquisite voices I've ever heard. The music seems to well up in some cavernous place within him, then float effortlessly forth - now in majestic torrents, now in a feather-light, impossibly clear upper register."
The Washington Post

"Young's wonderful stage presence, ringing tenor and sensational acting dominated the stage. Every detail of his performance shone with star quality."
The San Francisco Chronicle

"The much more demanding role...was performed by Thomas Young...a tenor with absolute artistic discipline and perfect intonation which in this kind of opera is just short of miraculous."
Corriere della Sera

"Thomas Young (Oedipus) was magnificent, singing with superbly focused and colored tone, clean coloratura, meaningful enunciation, and dignity of person."
Richard Dyer - The Boston Globe

"...sang (Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde) with authority and dignity. His excellence was in pure singing - in a voice so hot and bright it seemed to scorch you."
Paul Griffiths - The New York Times

"Thomas Young's oily Street and his menacing Elijah Muhammed mark him as one of the great unheralded performers of our time."
Allan Ulrich - San Francisco Examiner (Anthony Davis: The Life and Times of Malcolm X)

"He is striking and extremely lyrical. Powerful and deeply erotic with an unconditionally beautiful voice, Thomas Young is always singing with a soul touching - a real leading role in my opera, a perfect Polo in my mind."
Tan Dun, Composer of Marco Polo

"...and the guest tenor from New York, Thomas Young, in the role of Marco Polo, fascinated the audiences. ....the excellent Thomas Young was extremely praiseworthy."
Biennale Chronicle, Zagreb (Marco Polo - Tan Dun)

"Thomas Young's stentorian yet supple tenor..."
Jed Distler, Classics Today (Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience)

"With his sturdy-yet-honeyed lyric tenor, Young dove thrillingly into the part's treacherous waters."
T.J. Medrek, Boston Herald (Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde)

"...tenor Thomas Young delivered with thoughtful dedication and clear diction..."
"Young's inspired delivery of "Every Valley" was a highlight."
"...elegant, rounded sound, and a wonderfully warm sonority..."
Denver Post December 2004 (Handel's Messiah)

"Onstage, (Young) has an authorative voice that commands respect and gets it."
Zondra Hughes, Ebony Magazine

"Thomas Young...has a voice of piercing focus and a knowing sense that "style" means choosing from numerous possibilities. Three Mo Tenors is primarily (and rightly) a showcase for his phenomenal versatility."
Lloyd Schwartz, Boston Phoenix

"...and Thomas Young's "Twisted" whose humorous lyrics and theatrics cannot easily be painted and portrayed with words."
Genevieve White, Michigan Journal

"...technically fluent with elegantly shaped phrasing, effortlessly delivered high notes and a natural flowing singing style."
Willa J. Conrad, Star-Ledger, New Jersey

"Young was a standout, an extraordinary performer whose extensive credits include appearances with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Esa Pekka-Salonen and Simon Rattle in opera repertoire ranging from Schoenberg to Hindemith to John Adams. He is one of those memserizing performers..."
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

"...his (Young's) solo performances - "Send in the Clowns" to "Nessun Dorma" to Wardell Gray's "Twisted" were consistently the most subtly spun moments."
Willa J. Conrad, Star-Ledger, New Jersey

"Each tenor has a special forte. With Young, it's - well, everything. His utterly personal take on "Send in the Clowns" steals the show every time."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune

"He sang "Nessun Dorma" with inward seriousness and purpose, "Send in the Clowns" with wry poignance and freshly imagined phrasing and his own arrangement of Wardell Gray's "Twisted" with astonishing scat - the evening's most devastating number."
Wynne Delacoma, Chicago Sun-Times

"Thomas Young is one of America's best singers across the whole spectrum of music - from a ringing "Nessun Dorma" to "Twisted" which adds a vocal line requiring instrumental virtuousity to a set of lyrics that demands the tongue-knotting skills of a patter song. This was fabulous. (Young) is the show's unquestionable star."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

"Young is a magical singer in every idiom and a supreme artist. He nailed "Nessun dorma" then went on to steal the show just about every time he opened his mouth - in "Send in the Clowns", in a stupefyingly brilliant jazz riff on "Twisted", in a sly "Oh Girl", in a stirring "America the Beautiful". He has technique, burnished tone, fantastic rhythm and musicianship, a wonderful acting face and depth of soul."
Richard Dyer, Boston Globe

"...but then you haven't heard "America the Beautiful" until you've heard him (Young) sing it."
John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune