Jess Thomas (1927-1993).He studied at Stanford University in California.with Otto Schulmann. In 1957 he debuted in San Francisco as the Haushofmeister in ” Der Rosenkavalier”.followed by Malcolm in Verdi’s “Macbeth” In 1958 he was appointed to the Staatstheater von Karlsruhe, where he debuted as Lohengrin. In 1960, he appeared at the Munich Festival as Bacchus. At Bayreuth Parsifal (1961-63, 1965), Lohengrin (1962, 1967), Walther (1963, 1969), Tannhauser (1966-67) and Siegfried (1969, 1976 ), His Metropolitan Opera debut was in 1963 as Walther Caesar in the premiere of Barber’s “Anthony and Cleopatra”. In addition to his Wagner roles, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Siegfried, and Tristan, his repertoire included Florestan Radames Samson, Calaf, and Lensky.