Thomas Truhitte

Thomas T.

Saratoga, CA
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Classical Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I was a lead Tenor Artist-in-Residence for Opera San Jose for 4 years. I have sung lead roles (Wagner, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Mozart, and many others) in the USA, Europe, Canada, France and Brazil with over 30 years of professional onstage performing experience including at Lincoln Center, the Disney Concert Hall, Seattle Opera, Monte Carlo Opera, Canadian Opera, Spoleto Opera in Italy, Virginia Opera, Genoa Opera, Metz Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Brazil's first ever "Ring Cycle" which took place in Manaus. I have professional stage experience in Musical Theater, sung for Hollywood movie soundtracks and have extensive concert experience including sacred music. I have shared the stage in lead roles and in concert with some of the worlds leading opera singers.

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About

Thomas passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Thomas delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1994

Career highlights for Mr. Truhitte include the title role of PARSIFAL for Genoa Opera in Italy; Siegmund in DIE WALKUERE with Brazil's Manaus Festival; Bacchus in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS with L'Opera de Monte Carlo; Don Jose in CARMEN with Seattle Opera, Nashville Opera, Dayton Opera, Sacramento Opera, Longview Opera and Opera San Jose; the title role in LOHENGRIN for Italy's Spoleto Opera under the direction of Gian Carlo Menotti; Max in DER FREISCHUTZ with Opera Theatre de Metz; Erik in DER FLIEGENDE HOLLANDER with Minnesota Opera; Froh in DAS RHEINGOLD with Seattle Opera and Canadian Opera Company; the Prince in Rusalka with Canadian Opera Company; his heldentenor debut as Siegmund in DIE WALKURE with Virginia Opera (opposite Jeannine Altmeyer); a return to Virginia Opera as Tristan in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Florestan in FIDELIO and Pinkerton in MADAMA BUTTERFLY; Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Lensky in EUGENE ONEGIN, Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI, Tamino in DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Tom Rakewell in THE RAKE'S PROGRESS, Curley in OF MICE AND MEN, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME, Don Narciso in IL TURCO IN ITALIA, and Danilo in THE MERRY WIDOW all with Opera San Jose. Concert highlights have included Melot in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE with The Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Essa-Pekka Salonen and directed by Peter Sellars, with performances in Los Angeles at the Disney Concert Hall and in New York City's Lincoln Center at Avery Fischer Hall; the VILAR OPERA GALA in honor of Gian Carlo Menotti (with Mirella Freni and Nicolai Ghiaurov); the MONTREAL OPERA GALA, an OPERA GALA with Sacramento Opera; and DAS LIED VON DER ERDE with Virginia Symphony. Mr. Truhitte is also a winner of the Loren L. Zachery Competition and a European Tour Grant Award. Mr. Truhitte received his degrees in Theater and Music from California State University Sacramento. Mr. Truhitte was also a featured singer in the blockbuster movie "Hellboy" and is also a professional drummer. A fun fact is that Thomas' father Daniel Truhitte played Rolf in the movie version of "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Mr. Truhitte still performs and also maintains an active voice and drum studio in San Jose, California.

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Experience

Singing Actor in Opera and Musical Theater
Jan 2009 - Present
The Thomas Truhitte Studio of Music, Voice Technician, Drum Instructor

Please refer to my above bio or www.thomastruhitte.com and visit my YOUTUBE Channel "Vaelsung1" to hear some of my singing.
You'll be able to hear selections from "live" performances as Siegmund in Wagner's "Die Walküre", some of my rock music and even a Country music video from a song that I wrote and sang called "That Ol' Econoline". Enjoy! Online instruction available.

I'm also a professional drummer and I offer drum lessons for all levels in addition to top level Voice Training.

You will learn tremendously beneficial vocalises/warm-up exercises, highly effective breathing and vocal placement techniques, artistic expression, musicality, phrasing and confidence in a completely supportive environment based on over 30 years of professional experience. Whether you want to sing better in church, want to star in the high school musical, become a professional singing actor or just sing for fun and add to the quality of your life, it would be my distinct honor and pleasure to help you meet your goals.

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Education

Music and Theater Degrees
Sep 1991 - Jun 1995
California State University Sacramento

Languages

German, Italian (4 years at University)
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Winner
Aug 2002
Wagner Society of Washington DC
Winner
Jul 2002
Loren L. Zachery Voice Competition

Photos & Videos

Country Music Video: "That Ol' Econoline" written and performed by Thomas Truhitte.
Opera Aria: "Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater" from Die Walküre by Richard Wagner.
Opera aria: "Siegmund heiss' ich" from Die Walküre, the second opera in Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle "Der Ring des Nibelungen"
Pinkerton in "Madama Butterfly" (Puccini)

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Don Jose in "Carmen" (Bizet)

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One of the few singing drummers out there :)

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Siegmund in "Die Walküre" (Wagner)

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Siegmund in "Die Walküre" (Wagner)

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Florestan in "Fidelio" (Beethoven)
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8 Reviews

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Rena Jun 29, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Thomas is an excellent teacher. He focuses on the vocal techniques which help me Improved the voice and tone dramatically. I am really impressed by his passion on teaching and music. He customizes his class for different levels of students. I am glad to choose him as the vocal teacher for my daughter and myself.

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Rena Jun 29, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Thomas is an excellent teacher. He focuses on the vocal techniques which helps me a lot on the voice and tone. I am really impressed by his passion on teaching and music. His customizes his class to different level of students. Glad to choose him as the vocal teacher for both my daughter and myself.

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Kathy Jun 29, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Thomas is a great teacher and really encourages you. He really improved my voice and his exercises are very helpful. I really recommend him to be your teacher.

Carolyn Jun 29, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Thomas is an amazing teacher and has improved my voice dramatically. His ways of teaching are extraordinary, because he manages to make it both educational and extremely fun!

Nikki Jun 25, 2019
Singing · In studio

I was Thomas’ student for 4 years! He exposed me to many excellent vocal exercises which strengthened my voice and tone. Each lesson was customized to my liking, which created a comfortable environment to learn and improve in. Whenever I faced a vocal challenge, he helped me get through it step by step without straining my voice. Aside from vocals, Thomas also helped me build up confidence when singing in front of large audiences! This skill became very useful in my other activities. Overall, I vividly enjoyed my experience taking singing lessons from Thomas! Highly recommend!

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Judy Jun 25, 2019
Drum · In studio

I took drum and voice lessons from Tom for over 7 years.
He’s very patient and very knowledgeable about a lot of songs that I was interested in learning and he made it fun to learn, and that made an old lady’s life very enjoyable for many years ! I really appreciated him!!

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Ian Jun 25, 2019
Vocal Training · In studio

Thomas is an excellent instructor and has dramatically improved my singing and speaking voice.

Nathaniel Jun 19, 2019
Broadway Singing · In studio

Quality Instruction, very flexible and a wonderful person to work with

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