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Tommy is the voice of “Pig” in the PBS animated children’s series, Peg + Cat, created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley.
Tommy sings Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Opera in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Tommy makes his Lincoln Center debut as the Philistine in Handel’s oratorio Samson with maestro Nicholas McGegan and the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall.
Tommy solo debuts at Carnegie Hall singing Ruger Aspeck in American Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Strauss’ one act opera Feuersnot.
Tommy sings for the Savannah Children’s Choir’s fund raising Gala entitled A Night in Vienna.
Tommy appears as soloist in Handel’s oratorio Ode for St. Cecelia’s Day with the Collegiate Singers of Manhattan.
Tommy sings the Evangelist and tenor solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Canticum Novum in Manhattan.
Tommy sings the role of D’elbeuf in Le Roi Malgre Lui with the Bard Opera Festival.
Tommy has sung operatic roles with Bard Opera as D’elbeuf in Le Roi Malgré Lui, Israeli Opera as Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte, Tulsa Opera as Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Lamplighter and Drunkard in The Little Prince, Don Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Soldier in Ariadne auf Naxos, Solo Villager in both Eugene Onegin and I Pagliacci, Nevada Opera as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance, Houston’s Opera in the Heights as Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Union Avenue Opera of St. Louis as Camille in Die lustige Witwe and Emil in the world premiere of O Pioneers!, three Isreali premieres at Tel Aviv’s International Vocal Arts Institute as Martin in The Tenderland, Rev. Parris in The Crucible, Zwerg in Der Zwerg, and at Carnegie Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra as Ruger Aspeck in Feuersnot. He has also covered leading roles with Des Moines Metro Opera as Earl of Essex in Gloriana and at Tulsa Opera Faust in Faust, and upcoming engagements include a reprisal of Ernesto in performances of Don Pasquale with Opera in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Tommy is dedicated to the development of new operatic works. With New York’s American Opera Projects, he spent years helping to create the leading role of Paul in Paul’s Case, a role that was written specifically for his voice. He also sang Mr. Bennet in the final performed readings of Steven Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon, and as Daniel in Henry’s Wife. With New York’s Center for Contemporary Opera he sang Stevie in The Secret Agent, and also sang the role of Alfons in The Hunger Art with American Lyric Theatre.
As oratorio and concert soloist, Tommy has performed as the Evangelist and Tenor Soloist in the Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with both The New York Symphony Society and Canticum Novum, Astoria Symphony in Handel’s Messiah, Collegiate Singers in Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia’s Day, Brookhaven Choral Festival in Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum, Brooklyn Contemporary Chorus in Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore and Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Marble Collegiate Church in the _ Verdi Requiem_, the Dvorak Requiem, and the Mozart Requiem, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in their annual Yuletide Celebration and in Sandi Patty on Broadway with Sandi Patty, the Israeli Camery Orchestra in the IVAI Opera Gala, Israel’s Haifa Orchestra in Cosí fan tutte, New Jersey’s Westfield Symphony Orchestra in Guys and Dolls of Broadway, and others.
As a choral freelancer, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Shostakovich’s Babi Yar with Kurt Masur, Tosca with Lorin Maazel, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Alan Gilbert, the Los Angeles Philharmonic in The Tristan Project with Esa-Pekka Salonen, Little Orchestra Society of New York in Airborne Symphonies with Sigourney Weaver, and much, much more.
A proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Tommy has performed leading roles in productions of Showboat, The Who’s Tommy, South Pacific, Ragtime, Phantom, Titanic, Assassins, The Rothschilds, A Grand Night for Singing, Babes in Toyland, and Clue: The Musical. He created the role of a young man afflicted with multiple personality disorder in the premiere of a play called Little Boy Blue, and has starred as Ed Carmichael in Kaufman and Hart’s classic comedy You can’t take it with you! and as Sam Hendrix in the crime thriller Wait Until Dark.
Recently, Tommy is the voice of “Pig” in the PBS animated children’s series, Peg + Cat, created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley. He was featured in a commercial for DoubleShot Coffee Company entitled DoubleShot Coffee: Stimulations, and in a commercial for Tulsa Opera playing a cowboy on American Idol. In addition, Tommy can be heard as a soloist on Marble Choir’s CD It’s About Love, as co-lead vocalist on the Hart/Wazelle recording label with the funk band Brother Groove: Dickson Street and West, as well as providing vocal support on Yisabel: Another Heaven with Universal Music Korea. He was heard on National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, and on St. Louis Classic Radio’s World Broadcast Premiere of O Pioneers!. As a headlining artist on the Italian cruise ship Costa Atlantica, he developed shows featuring his diverse talents in Broadway, pop, jazz and opera. He also tours and sings in concerts with his wife, soprano Ann Hoyt Wazelle, in venues across North America.
He began performing at a very young age, and his theatre debut included community theatre productions of The Music Man and the title role in the musical Oliver! In college, he sang and played trumpet in award-winning jazz and funk bands while earning degrees in trumpet and music composition. From there, he received a Masters in voice and taught ear-training classes at the University of Arkansas. He studied with the legendary opera conductor, Sarah Caldwell, and went on to complete an apprenticeship at Des Moines Metro Opera and a studio artist position at Tulsa Opera, gaining additional training at the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv. In NYC, Tommy studied voice with Mignon Dunn of the Metropolitan Opera and acting with Anthony Abeson of the Actor’s Studio. The Metropolitan Opera National Council, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Gerda Lissner Foundation, among others, have recognized him.
Tommy maintains a private vocal studio where he teaches classical vocal technique as it applies to singing opera, Broadway, jazz and pop. He also teaches voice at The Dwight School, served as Vocal Director for the Dwight School Theatre, and is on the faculty of the 92nd Y School of Music where he teaches private voice, ear training, and a sixteen-bar auditions class.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and the trumpet, watching Yankees baseball games, attending Kurt Elling jazz concerts, and working in the music ministry of his church on Sundays. He lives with his wife and two children on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.