For his last stop in the US before returning to New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Thomas Hampson returns to Akron, Ohio for a “Song of America” program with pianist Craig Rutenberg. Presented by the Tuesday Musical Association, the recital on Sunday, March 3 will feature a broad range of American songs by both well-known and lesser-known composers, from Stephen Foster, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Paul Bowles, to Arthur Farwell, William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds and Elinor Remick Warren. Hampson comments: “I always love doing ‘Song of America’ recitals wherever I can, but it’s a special honor to do one for one of the oldest and most important presenters in the country. They were wonderfully understanding when I had to reschedule my fall recital, and I’m very pleased to be going back to Akron.” Ticket information and the complete program is available here.
A high point for Hampson last season was the debut of the “Song of America” radio series. Hosted by Hampson and co-produced by his Hampsong Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network, the “Song of America” radio series has proven to be extremely popular, having aired on 311 radio stations and in nine out of the top ten markets in the U.S. According to data gathered by the WFMT Radio Network, the series reached approximately 5.3 million listeners in the U.S. and was one of the WFMT Radio Network’s most successful series. Song of America was also made available by the European Broadcasting Union to its 48 member stations in 2012, and it reached another 3.1 million listeners abroad. Stations outside of the United States that aired the series included Raidió Teilifís Éireann (Ireland’s national public service broadcaster), New Zealand Public Radio (NZPR), and public radio stations in Croatia, Romania, Denmark, Latvia, Serbia, the Czech Republic, and Germany.
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.
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