Thomas Harper made his U.S debut in 1991 singing Mime at Seattle Opera. He returned for the role in 1995, 2000, 2001, and 2005. Harper has reprised Mime with many other companies, including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hamburg, Grand Théâtre de Genève, Dortmund Opera, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana (Turin), Teatro Municipal in Santiago, and Dallas Opera. Other Seattle Opera roles for Harper include Grigory in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov and the Witch in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, a role he has sung with Hamburgische Staatsoper (four seasons), Cologne Opera, and Staatstheater Darmstadt, among others. Before moving to Seattle in 1998 to serve as artist in residence at the University of Washington (a position he continues to hold), Harper sang primarily in Germany. He was a resident singer at Dortmund Opera and was named Artist of the Year there in 1993. Harper also sang at Theater Hagen, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, and Landestheater Coburg. His roles with those companies include the Duke in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Loge in Wagner’s Rheingold, Eléazar in Halévy’s Juive, Canio in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal, and Rodolfo in Puccini’s Bohème. Harper is currently the head of the voice department at the University of Washington.