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MUSAIC – New World Symphony online education platform


Thomas Hampson is a featured contributor to the newly launched platform MUSAIC, from the New World Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Mr. Hampson and other acclaimed artists, including cellist Yo-Yo Ma and conductor Pablo Heras-Casado, are featured in various site content including master classes, interviews, and more. Watch and learn today at musaic.nws.edu!

Opera Gala in Düsseldorf


On July 8, Thomas Hampson is a featured artist in an Opera Gala concert, hosted at the Opernhaus Düsseldorf. This special annual event, presented by the Friends of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, includes the talents of the Duisburger Philharmoniker and Deutsche Oper am Rhein chorus, led by Axel Kober. Other soloists for the evening are Lavinia Dames, Luiza Fatyol, and Maria Kataeva, on a programme that includes operatic highlights by Rossini, Mozart, Verdi, and more. A limited number of seats remain for this extraordinary summer concert – purchase your tickets at the following link!

Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Munich


Mr. Hampson sings a recital as part of the Munich Festspiel on June 28. Accompanied by pianist Wolfram Rieger, the Mahler cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn will be performed in its entirety. Composed at the turn of the century, Mahler set this collection of anonymous German folk poems to music, originally written for either soprano or baritone. Mr. Hampson and Mr. Rieger are well-known for their interpretation of this cycle, and have performed it numerous times together in premiere international venues. For example, the pair interpreted the cycle in 2002 in Paris at the Théâtre du Châtelet, which can be viewed via YouTube. A few years later, Mr. Hampson discussed the importance of the cycle as an Artist-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic in this discussion.

Hampson and Rieger’s upcoming performance will be held at the Nationaltheater, in the heart of Munich.

Thomas Hampson sings with the Orquesta Nacional de España


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

“No Tenors Allowed” Concerts in Leipzig and Millstatt


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.

“Les Contes d’Hoffmann” now available on DVD/Blu-Ray


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.

The State of the Art at La Scala


WQXR Operavore

“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.”

Summer recitals throughout Europe


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.

New recording of Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius”


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

Concert with The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice in Prague


Between performances in the title role of Don Giovanni at Teatro alla Scala, Thomas Hampson travels to Prague to sing works by Mahler, Dvořák and more on May 25 with The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice. Marek Štilec conducts the concert, which also includes selections by Bach, Schubert, and Bodorová. Tickets and additional information are available via TicketPortal.

 

Esplora il significato del termine: Don Giovanni è mio «suocero» Alla Scala la sfida dei baritoni


Che tra i due ci fosse un legame speciale, con molti segreti e bugie, è risaputo. Ma che Leporello fosse il genero di Don Giovanni è un colpo di teatro da far vacillare persino due impudenti quali Mozart e Da Ponte. La sorprendente agnizione si manifesterà sabato sera alla Scala, quando nei due ruoli maschili chiave del titolo mozartiano, che torna con la direzione di Paavo Järvi e nell’edizione ideata da Robert Carsen per il 7 dicembre 2011, troveremo Thomas Hampson e Luca Pisaroni, baritoni di salda fama internazionale, nella vita uniti da Catherine, la bionda figlia di Thomas, che Luca conobbe nel 2003 a Salisburgo.

Thomas Hampson answers the Gramilano Questionnaire… Singers’ Edition


When did you start singing?
In the crib. Apparently, I was a very vocal baby 😉 … no seriously, I already sang as a child.

Why did you start singing?
I loved tunes and music always made sense to me.

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