2009 Song of America dates published to date include recitals in Minnesota (July 9), Wisconsin (July 12), Tanglewood (July 22), Ravinia (July 16), Portland (October 6), and Boulder (October 11).
A leading advocate of American song, Mr. Hampson enjoys a long-standing relationship with the Library of Congress, as both a performer and a scholar of music and poetry. In 2008 the Library named him its Honorary Special Advisor for the Study and Performance of Music in America.
Drawing on the Library’s incomparable collection of American song, he will present a unique series of recitals and masterclasses. In selected locations the recitals may also include rarely viewed manuscripts from the Library of Congress and showcase joint efforts with academic and cultural partners to promote the art of song in intercultural understanding. Audiences will experience the poetic and musical legacy of song that has shaped American culture through the centuries.
The “Song of America” project reaches a broad audience, allowing a wide range of listeners to experience America’s rich history as told through its song.
Sean Rafferty with a lively mix of music, chat and arts news. His guests include baritone Thomas Hampson and pianist Alice Sara Ott. Plus actress Vanessa Redgrave comes in with composer Laura Rossi to tell us about their Battle of the Somme tribute. Listen to the broadcast via the following link.
“Thomas Hampson was gleefully baleful as the quartet of bad guys, always with a glint in his eye and an implicit wink at the audience …”
Mark Valencia – What’s On Stage
“Thomas Hampson is gleefully sepulchral as all four villains …”
David Gillard – Daily Mail
Following a thrilling debut as The Four Villains at The Metropolitan Opera in 2015, Thomas Hampson returns to the role this season London’s Royal Opera House. His “peerless” and “imposing” (Latin Post) portrayal in New York City was cast alongside tenor Vittorio Grigòlo as Hoffmann. The two reunite in London for these performances, which take place November 7, 11, 15, 18, 21, 24 & 28 and December 3. The production is also part of the ROH Live in Cinema season, and receives a theatrical broadcast on November 15. Find a screening near you via the following link.
Thomas Hampson is the baritone soloist on a new recording, featuring Richard Danielpour’s Songs of Solitude and War Songs, along with the orchestral work Toward the Splendid City. War Songs, a song cycle with texts by Walt Whitman, was commissioned by the Nashville Symphony in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
“… baritone Thomas Hampson — a model of dignity, vocal presence, and deep investment in the texts that Brahms so lovingly chose and set.”
David Weininger – The Boston Globe
Thomas Hampson is the baritone soloist in Brahms’ A German Requiem on October 6, 7 & 8 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, under the direction of Music Director Andris Nelsons. Soprano Camilla Tilling joins for this concert series, which also features Widmann’s Trauermarsch for piano and orchestra, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.