Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse
Conductor: Michel Plasson
With: Thomas Hampson – Susan Graham
Stéphane Degout – Sandrine Piau – René Schirrer- François Piolino – Laurent Alvaro
Musiques au Coeur
FRANCE 2: May 23rd at 01h10
MEZZO: May 25th at 20h50
A DVD of this concert version of “Werther” was released by Virgin Classics in France on May 22nd.
Réalisation: Olivier SIMONNET
Production: Lise LEMEUNIER
Une production CALICOT
Avec la participation de France 2
En association avec Virgin Classics
On June 16, 17 & 18, Thomas Hampson is the featured soloist with the Orquesta Nacional de España, under the direction of David Afkham. The concert programme is titled “The Origin of the Future” and highlights selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn as well as Schoenberg’s Pelleas et Melisande, Op. 5. Tickets: ocne.mcu.es/programacion/el-origen-del-futuro
This summer, Thomas Hampson and bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni reunite for their acclaimed “No Tenors Allowed” programme. They perform with the Gewandhausorchester at the Open Air-Bühne im Rosental on June 23 & 24 under the baton of Alexander Shelley. The programme includes selections by Rossini, Mozart, Massenet, Gounod, and more.
Sony Classical will release a DVD/blu-ray recording of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, starring Thomas Hampson as the Four Villains. Recorded last autumn at London’s Royal Opera House, Mr. Hampson is joined by Vittorio Grigòlo in the title role, Sonya Yoncheva is Antonia, Kate Lindsey sings Nicklausse, Christine Rice is Giulietta, and Sofia Fomina is Olympia, with Maestro Evelino Pidò leading from the pit. The production by John Schlesinger premiered to enthusiastic reviews in 1980, and is revered for its rich and enduring portrayal of Offenbach’s opera.
“It helped that La Scala had, in the title role, Thomas Hampson, who deeply understood the ideas of the production … This, Hampson’s first opera role at La Scala, was one of the baritone’s finest portrayals.”
Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger are featured in recital at two of Europe’s premiere venues this season. On June 12 the duo performs works by Schubert and Wolf at Vienna’s Musikverein; tickets and additional programme information is available at the link.
Thomas Hampson’s latest recording, Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius will be released July 7 by Decca Classics. Recorded under the baton of Daniel Barenboim with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Rias Kammerchor, Hampson sings both the role of the Priest and Angel of the Agony. Tenor Andrew Staples joins, singing the role of Gerontius, with mezzo-soprano Catherine Wyn-Rogers as the Angel. Hailed as Elgar’s finest choral composition, The Dream of Gerontius explores a soul’s journey from near-death to the throne of judgement. Performed in concert at the Berlin Musikfest last year, Hampson was hailed as “rock solid” by the Financial Times, and as “filling the room with an angelic aura” by Kultur Radio.
Pre-order your copy here: decca.lnk.to/bar
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