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Richard Pearson Thomas
Richard Pearson Thomas

We are honored to have Richard Pearson Thomas join us as the Music Director and Pianist for The Gift of the Magi! Mr. Thomas is a renowned pianist and composer. His works have been performed by the Boston Pops, Covent Garden Festival, Sydney Opera House, Houston Grand Opera, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Banff Centre, Portland Opera, and before the U.S. Congress by artists such as Audra McDonald, Sanford Sylvan, Lauren Flanigan, John Muriello and Kurt Ollman. His works include operas, chamber music, cabaret and songs.

Among his operatic works are: The Nero Show! (a quasi-operatic vaudeville cabaret show); A Wake or A Wedding ; Parallel Lives; and Ladies in a Maze.

As a pianist, Mr. Thomas has concertized with singers and chamber musicians worldwide and we proudly welcome him to the DVO family.

Coming soon: an interview feature with the General Director, Carol Castel, about her vision for the future of the Delaware Valley Opera.

We are proud to announce that Eileen Hampshire Mackintosh has been named Chorus Master of the new Delaware Valley Opera Chorus. The Chorus is a vital part of opera, and we invite all interested singers to contact us for information on how to join.

In addition to performing in opera performances during the Summer Festival, the Chorus will also perform great chorus works from opera and other repertoire in their two Choral Concerts, scheduled for April and December of 2011.

Please contact the DVO Chorus Master here for more information or to arrange an audition.


“The Greeks said that music and astronomy were two sides of the same coin. Astronomy was seen as the study of relationships between observable, permanent, external objects, and music was seen as the study of relationships between invisible, internal, hidden objects. Music has a way of finding the big, invisible moving pieces inside our hearts and souls, and helping us figure out the position of things inside us… Music allows us to move around those big invisible pieces or ourselves and rearrange our insides so that we can express what we feel, even when we can't talk about it… This is why music matters.”

– Karl Paulnack, Director of the Music Division at Boston Conservatory, from a welcome address given to parents of incoming students, September 1, 2004