Thomas Stimmel was born in Munich and made his first musical experiences as a member of the Tölz Boys Choir. The bass singer studied singing with Prof. Marilyn Schmiege and Lied with Prof. Donald Sulzen at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. He completed a Master’s program singing with Prof. Thomas Quasthoff and Lied with Prof. Wolfram Rieger at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy in Berlin. He received further impetus from the bass singer Siegfried Vogel and in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson at the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.
Thomas Stimmel gave his opera debut in 2009 at Munich’s Prinzregententheater in the role of Astolfo in Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso directed by Michael Hofstetter and staged by Christof Nel. He made his debut in Peter Eötvös’ Tre Sestri at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the Schiller Theater in Berlin (Musical Director: Julien Salemkour, Stage Direction: Rosamund Gilmore.) In April 2012 he sang Joseph Schuster’s comic opera Il Marito Indolente at the festival Days of Early Music in Regensburg. He was a guest in the Haydn Hall at Schloss Esterházy in Eisenstadt in Austria with the ensemble I Virtuosi Ambulanti in the role of Montano in the contemporary premiere of Joseph Weigl’s salon cantata Il Sacrifizio. In June 2014 he made his debut in Richard Strauss’ opera Daphne at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse (conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, Director: Patrick Kinmonth). In 2016, Stimmel gave his debut at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago / Chile with Kurt Weill´s opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny, under the baton of David Syrus.
In the recent past he was to be heard as Fafner in Wagners Rheingold at the Slovenian National Opera Maribor (Conductor: Marko Letonja, Director: Igor Pison). And as Sarastro in Mozarts Magic Flute at the Rota das Artes Festival / Lisbon.
One focus of his artistic activities is devoted to Lied. He gave recitals together with, Helmut Deutsch, Thomas Quasthoff and Liese Klahn. In the near future two Lied-CDs will be released. His broad concert repertoire includes the major oratorios. On the concert stage, Stimmel worked with conductors like David Afkham, Helmuth Rilling, Philippe Herreweghe, Miguel Ángel Gomez Martinez, or Jörg Peter Weigle. Important to Stimmel is the continual work with composer and conductor George Alexander Albrecht.
Since winter semester 2015 Stimmel is teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and is the winner of the “Kulturförderpreis” of the district Bad Tölz – Wolfratshausen.
Highlights in the past were the premieres of two compositions by George Alexander Albrecht at National Theatre with live recording of the MDR, and at the Staatstheater Schwerin with the Mecklenburg Staatskapelle Schwerin, as well as the debut in the Kölner Philharmonie with Brahms´ Requiem and a tour through Austria with Bach’s St. John Passion , together with the New Hofkapelle Graz. In the recent past Stimmel was invited multiple times to the RTVE Symphony Orchestra.
Other concert engagements led Stimmel to the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, the New Hofkapelle Munich, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Linz baroque orchestra L’ Orfeo, the Rhenish Philharmonie Koblenz, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra and the Cairo Symphony Orchestra.