Thomas May is a full-time freelance arts writer focusing on music and theatre. His interests as a kid were regarded as freakish, but he’s more or less stuck to them. May writes extensively about the contemporary music and opera scene and has published two books. He also blogs about the arts at 

Recent Articles


BLEED with Tere O’Connor

This Sunday, On the Boards and Velocity Dance Center kick off an eight-day celebration of one of the most original thinkers in dance: Tere O'Connor.

Transfiguring the Night

Donald Byrd premieres an emotional, Expressionist piece with Music of Remembrance.

Songs of Love and War

Pacific MusicWorks presents the greatest of Monteverdi’s late masterpieces.

Dazed, Confused and Lovestruck

Seattle Shakes delivers a boldly unconventional ‘Twelfth Night.’

Mayor’s Arts Award: Stephen Stubbs

How the founder of Pacific MusicWorks (and lute virtuoso) has put Seattle on the early-music map.
Around Town

Built-In Beauty

Rediscover our urban landscape with Seattle Architecture Foundation.

Eclectic and Electric

Seattle Chamber Music Festival, 2014 Edition boasts a refreshing program and a world premiere from American composer Derek Bermel.

A New View on Forster’s ‘Room’

Jeffrey Stock and Marc Acito’s 'A Room with a View' brings E.M. Forster’s life-affirming novel to the musical stage at 5th Avenue Theatre.

Holcombe Waller’s ‘Wayfinders’ at On the Boards

The singer, composer and theatre artist brings the staged premiere of 'Wayfinders' to On the Boards.

The Russians Are Coming

The Seattle Symphony presents a two-day conference on Russian émigré composers along with the U.S. premiere of Alexander Raskatov’s 'Night Butterflies' piano concerto.

The Cruelty of Strangers

Gian Carlo Menotti’s 1950 Opera ‘The Consul’ at Seattle Opera.