Thomas Bagwell and Opera New Jersey


From the Bavarian Highlands, Op. 27
  1. On the Alm
  2. The Dance
Chansons de Bilitis
  1. Le flûte de Pan
  2. La chevelure
  3. Le tombeau des Naïades
Tel jour, telle nuit
  1. Bonne journée
  2. Une ruine coquille vide
  3. Le front comme un drapeau perdu
  4. Une roulotte couverte en tuiles
  5. A toutes brides
  6. Une herbe pauvre
  7. Je n'ai envie que de t'aimer
  8. Figure de force brûlante et farouche
  9. Nous avons fait la nuit
When lilacs last at the dooryard bloom'd
  1. Fireflies
  2. Absence
I was There
  1. Beginning my Studies
  2. I was There
  3. A Clear Midnight
  4. Joy, Shipmate, Joy
Long Time Ago Copland, arr. Irving
Fine Copland, arr. Irving
Ching-a-Ring Chaw Copland, arr. Irving



Called by Marilyn Horne "a pioneer for his age," Thomas Bagwell is well known as a pianist in song recital and chamber music.  His appearances as a collaborative pianist have taken him to such venues as New York's Carnegie Hall, London's Wigmore Hall, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, and numerous halls across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Japan.  Thomas Bagwell's activities as a coach and teacher have led to invitations to give master classes for colleges and apprentice programs in opera companies.  He was an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera for nine seasons, and has served in the same capacity for many seasons at the Washington National Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Mr. Bagwell has partnered in recital with such singers as Marilyn Horne, Renee Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Frederica von Stade, Andrea Rost, Kristine Jepson, James Morris, Roberta Peters, and Lucine Amara.  His recital partnerships with the rising generation of singers include Elaine Alvarez, Eric Cutler, Gregory Turay, Rinat Shaham, Thomas Meglioranza, and Jesse Blumberg.  In the field of chamber music, Mr. Bagwell has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed recitals with violinists Midori, Miranda Cuckson, and Scott St. John, with whom he made a critically acclaimed CDof works by Antonin Dvorak, now available on iTunes and on the Marquis Classics label.  Miranda Cuckson and Mr. Bagwell performed the ten Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano in a three-part series at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2009.

Mr. Bagwell received degrees from the Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.  He has studied with Warren Jones, Graham Johnson, and Edna Golandsky.  After his formal studies, Mr. Bagwell pursued additional training with Elly Ameling and Rudolf Janson at the Academie Villecroze.

Mr. Bagwell organized and performed several concert series in New York at the Austrian Cultural Forum, including the complete songs of Hugo Wolf and Gustav Mahler, and surveys of the songs of Schubert, Schönberg, and Zemlinsky, in addition to many other concerts.  He was co-artistic director for an Austrian Lieder festival in Washington, D.C., at the Austrian Embassy, where he has performed many times.

His recent performances have included recitals sponsored by the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, of which he is an advisory board member, featuring young singers handpicked by the foundation for their abilities as recitalists; and a series of performances and recording of a new collection of American art song called Five Borough Songbook, with such composers as Tom Cipullo, Chris Berg, Ricky Ian Gordon, Jorge Martin, and many others.  Other recent performances include a concert at the Kennedy Center with soprano Elaine Alvarez, sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society; a recital of songs and piano pieces by Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Hensel in New York (including two world premieres); and a recital with internationally known soprano Renee Fleming at the State Department in Washington, D.C., for Hillary Clinton.  Other collaborations with Renee Fleming have included preparing her for her performance of Messiaen's nine-part song cycle "Poemes pour Mi" with the New York Philharmonic, an event that was broadcast live on television and radio.  Mr. Bagwell is currently spearheading the 20th anniversary performance of the AIDS Quilt Songbook on World AIDS Day December 1, 2012.

As a teacher of opera and art song, Thomas Bagwell has been on the faculties of Yale University and the Mannes College of Music, where he currently teaches collaborative piano as well as classes in operatic repertoire for singers.  He has taught master classes at the Santa Fe Opera, New Jersey Opera, Simpson College, and Portland State University.  He was the keynote teacher at the Oregon chapter of NATS at the Lewis and Clark College in January 2008.  He is a regular faculty member of the CoOPERAtive summer opera program in Princeton, New Jersey.

In addition to his music career, Thomas Bagwell is also a Pilates teacher at two Equinox gyms.