James MacMillan Since it was the day of preparation...
with Brindley Sherratt, Synergy Vocals and Hebrides Ensemble
Having taken part in the original performances of James MacMillan's chamber oratorio Since it was the day of preparation..., Tom was also the baritone soloist in the premiere recording of the piece, recorded in November 2015 for Delphian Records. The disc was released in June 2016 to critical acclaim, both for the piece and for the performances.
Most recent roles performed:
June-July, October-December 2012
Marcello (Oct-Dec) and Schaunard (Jun-Jul) in the Olivier award-winning production of La Boheme by OperaUpClose.
"The men were electric as an ensemble, Puccini performed whilst battling with pizza boxes and duelling with pillows ... Bullard is the most natural on stage, exceedingly clear diction and engaging as a pretty boy painter wrapped up in Musetta." (British Theatre Guide)
"The singing is of course superb ... Tom Bullard is a favourite singer and his Marcello is sexy and engaging" (Remote Goat)
"The cast are physical, robust and in your face. Their ability to shift from humour through to despair is seamless. They are present, alive and they own the space." (The Public Reviews)
Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West (or West End Girl), by Puccini, in a new version by Robert Chevara and Kfir Yefet, at the King's Head Theatre, Upper Street, Islington. Presented by OperaUpClose.
5 stars (The Public Reviews)
4 stars (Time Out)
"Truly outstanding performances, in an outstanding new opera" (British Theatre Guide)
"Marvellously uplfting" (The Stage)
"... Her nemesis, Jack Rock, was just as good, played by Tom Bullard with a fine sense of menace matched by his finely controlled, ingratiating baritone" (Classical Source)
Max in Demon Lover, a new opera by Jools Scott and Sue Curtis, at Arcola Theatre, Dalston. Presented by Grimeborn Opera.
May-July 2011, and touring since then
Figaro in The Barber of Seville by Rossini, at the King's Head Theatre, Upper Street, Islington. Presented by OperaUpClose
December 2010-February 2011
Dandini in La Cenerentola by Rossini, at the King's Head Theatre, Upper Street, Islington. Presented by OperaUpClose.
"... by the end I found myself admiring Tom Bullard's Dandini above all. Dandini is a classic baritone-compere role, teasing the wit out of each situation, cueing up the drama and the jokes, and directing the laughter. Bullard's leavened his tone to accommodate the text, never fighting the room but working within it. With its clean attack his singing was also the fairy dust that brought the male ensemble together." (Framscourer)
"... a charismatic Dandini" (Evening Standard)
"Tom Bullard and Christopher Diffey did a spirited, personable double act as Dandini and Ramiro" (Telegraph)
"... Tom Bullard as Dandini has a pleasing baritone and an excellent sense of comic timing" (Sunday Express)
Peter Ivanov in Zar und Zimmermann by Lortzing, at Haslemere Hall, Haslemere, Surrey. Presented by Opera South.
"Marc Callahan, Tom Bullard, Rebecca Moon and Aidan Smith give pleasing performances in the leading roles" (Daily Telegraph)
"... confidently sung by Tom Bullard with his well focused, light voice and excellent diction." (Petersfield Post)
Other roles performed:
Opera: Soldier - Alban (Tom Wiggall): Alban Community Opera (2010)
Smirnov - The Bear (Walton): Minotaur Music Theatre (2010)
Piquillo (cover) - La Perichole (Offenbach): Opera South (2010)
Don Giovanni (highlights) (Mozart): Private performance at The Ritz (2009)
Macheath - the Beggar's Opera (Gay): St John's Church, Epping (2009)
Adonis - Venus and Adonis (Blow): Trinity College, Cambridge (1999)
Other: Sky Masterson - Guys and Dolls: Robinson College, Cambridge (1999)
Dr Daly - The Sorceror: Minack Theatre, Cornwall (1999)
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd - Ruddigore: Cambridge Arts Theatre (1999)
Captain Corcoran - HMS Pinafore: Minack Theatre, Cornwall (1998)
Lancelot du Lac - Camelot: Rugby Theatre (1997)
Anthony Hope - Sweeney Todd: Uppingham Theatre (1996)
Lucky Eric - Bouncers: Uppingham Theatre (1996) (also directed)
Doody - Grease: Uppingham Theatre (1994)