"An iconoclast and innovative artist, Ernesto Tomasini moves with ease from classical and experimental theatre to radio and from contemporary music to alternative cabaret. Add to all that a sprinkle of television and cinema and you get an eclectic and exciting body of work". (Giornale Della Musica - 2008)
For the past six years Ernesto Tomasini has been lending his wide vocal range to experimental music projects: he is the singer of the Othon & Tomasini duo and has performed with it in historical theatres around Europe and in London venues like the Roundhouse and the National Portrait Gallery (with Marc Almond as frequent collaborator). He is singer/songwriter of the prog-rock band Almagest!, with which he also tours extensively, appearing in prestigious theatres like the Volksbuehne in Berlin and festivals like the Kurt Weill Fest in Dessau. Tomasini boasts collaborations with the late "father of industrial music" Peter Christopherson (founder of Coil, Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle), Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound) and Current 93 (he was special guest at their first Queen Elizabeth Hall concert, alongside Antony of Antony & the Johnsons). Smaller collaborations include those with Rolo McGinty (Woodentops), XXL (Xiu Xiu + Larsen) and Patti Plinko. In 2011 he co-founded a noise music project, called Trans4Leben, which opened the Drop Dead Festival in Berlin. Ernesto has performed at two editions of the London Fashion Week, for Lady Gaga's milliner Nasir Mazhar. As soloist he has sung his repertoire in London venues like the Royal Albert Hall (main house and Elgar Room), Purcell Room, National Theatre and Tate Britain. As a recording artist he has seven albums released on prestigious indie labels (Cherry Red/SFE, Durtro), plus three singles, three music videos (the last one premiered at Tate Britain in 2012) and a guest spot on the soundtrack of a film by Bruce LaBruce. In March 2013 the documentary "Heavenly Voices - The Heirs of Farinelli" was broadcast on Swedish and Austrian television (and is set to be aired in other countries soon), in it Ernesto is interviewed and performs alongside leading countertenors like Andreas Scholl and pop falsettists like Jimmy Sommerville. (For more details see the MUSIC and DISCOGRAPHY pages on this site).
Tomasini was born artistically, aged 16, as an "exotic turn", in a smoky club by the port of his hometown of Palermo. After his first steps in legitimate theatre in Rome, with movie star Duilio Del Prete, TV comedian Nino Frassica and a brief but formative experience with the Dario Fò family, he moved to London. Here he played lead roles with experimental theatre companies (Lindsay Kemp), in Off-West End productions (Blind Summit's "Mr China's Son") and on the West End ("Chicago - The Musical"). He went on to create his own shows to critical acclaim, giving birth to a cult following (see the SHOWS page on this site). He has performed in thirteen different nations, from Mexico to Denmark and from Portugal to India. Throughout the years he never abandoned the cabaret world and even today makes very sporadic cameos at various events (like the Alternative Miss Liverpool 2011, alongside David Hoyle, Fenella Fielding and Andrew Logan). His collaborations with Ron Athey, Stephen Montague and the Resonance Radio Orchestra are among his more recent forays into performance art. His charity work is extensive and includes fundraisers like Franko B's Untouchable series, in January 2013. On radio he has sung and acted on all the BBC stations, Classic FM and on national channels around the world (most notably in Spain, Greece and New Zealand). As film and TV actor he was cast in major projects for the BBC and Universal Pictures, by directors like Alfonso Cuarón and Pete Hewitt. As voiceover artist he has worked for Oscar winners James Ivory, Ridley Scott, Kevin Spacey and Hollywood great Rob Marshall. A sought-after lecturer on theatre history and techniques, he has given master-classes to students in drama schools in UK and Spain.
In 2012 Tomasini was included in the theatre section of the book "Eccellenza Italiana" (Italian Excellence, with an introduction by the President of the Republic of Italy), for representing his country in the world. His work and performance style are discussed in three Italian books and an academic essay. For two years (2010-2012) Ernesto was the London correspondent of the Italian magazine "Musical!" and often collaborates with other music publications (see the BIBLIOGRAPHY page). He has posed for several European painters and photographers: one of his many portraits by Spanish artist Hector De Gregorio was acquired, in 2009, by "jeweller to the stars" Theo Fennell. Two images depicting him, by photographer Predrag Pajdic, were included in the book "Beneath the Shadows", published last October. He lives in the heart of Chelsea, where he collects Julie Andrews memorabilia.