The tenor Thomas Young has appeared as a principal soloist in the major concert halls and opera houses of some twenty countries under the batons of Zubin Mehta, Roger Norrington, Simon Rattle, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. He also serves as tenured professor of music at Sarah Lawrence College. One of the foremost interpreters of tenor rôles in contemporary opera, he made his Lyric Opera of Chicago début in the world première of Anthony Davis Amistad in the rôle which was written for him, The Trickster God. Other composers and directors with whom he has collaborated include George C. Wolfe, Peter Sellars, Mike Nichols, John Adams, and Tan Dun, whose works he has performed with the New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, the San Francisco Opera, the Hong Kong Festival, and Opéra de Lyon. He has also performed rôles at Covent Garden, the festivals of Vienna and Salzburg, and extensively with the Netherlands Opera. His concert appearances include performances with the London, American, Japan, BBC Scotland, Baltimore, Seattle, and Denver Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Brooklyn Philharmonic and St Louis Symphony. His recordings include X: The Life and Times of Malcom X (Gramavision), nominated for a Grammy in 1993, John Adamss The Death of Klinghoffer (Elektra), nominated for a Grammy in 1994, Tan Duns Marco Polo (Sony), George Gershwins Blue Monday (Telarc), and Schoenbergs Von Heute auf Morgen (DGG).