BBC3 Interview with Sean Rafferty

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.

Critical acclaim for Hampson’s Four Villains in ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ at the Royal Opera House

“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

Thomas Hampson portrays The Four Villains in ‘Les Contes d’Hoffmann’ at the Royal Opera House

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.

New album release – Danielpour’s Songs of Solitude & War Songs

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.

Critical acclaim for Brahms’ Requiem performance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons

“… 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


Autumn concerts on the East Coast

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.

The Dream of Gerontius, Philharmonie Berlin — ‘Apocalyptic’

“Thomas Hampson, rock solid in the parts of Priest and Angel of the Agony … This is where true artistry shows …” (Financial Times)

“Thomas Hampson excels in Mahler” (Seen and Heard International)

After yesterday’s Manon, it was a nice to return to the same venue with such an enlightening concert. Just before his encores, Thomas Hampson addressed the audience saying that it was also special for him to come back to Geneva after so many years …

The Schumann song cycle was presented not as Dichterliebe but as songs from the Lyrischen Intermezzo Buch der Lieder’ after Heine, Hampson specifying that it was closer to Schumann’s original text … the overall characterisation and care for the words were marvels. The long standing partnership between both artists meant that they could find expressive freedom while being attuned to each other …

rbb Mediathek – kulturadio interview mit Thomas Hampson

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Er ist ein weltweit gefragter Opernstar und zugleich einer der profiliertesten Lied-Baritone: Der Amerikaner Thomas Hampson. Ein echter Star im Klassik-Betrieb, den er jedoch durchaus kritisch sieht. Anfang der nächsten Woche ist Thomas Hampson in Berlin zu erleben, mit der Staatskapelle Berlin unter Daniel Barenboim: In dem Oratorium “The Dream of Gerontius” von Edgar Elgar.

‘Thomas Hampson in Geneva’ – RSI Feature

Enjoy the following RSI video interview with Thomas Hampson during his time in Geneva, for his recent recital at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.

Mahler and Strauss in concert

This month, Thomas Hampson sings works by Mahler and Strauss in concerts at some of Europe’s premiere venues. He performs on September 23 with the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and conductor Gustavo Gimeno, on a programme highlighting excerpts from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The OPL will also present Coll’s Mural and Debussy’s La Mer on this concert.

Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ with the Staatskapelle Berlin

On September 19 & 20, Thomas Hampson and colleagues mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and tenor Toby Spence perform Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, with conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin. The performances, which also feature the Staatsopernchor and Rias Kammerchor, take place at the Philharmonie Berlin, and include an introductory lecture 45 minutes prior to the event. Please note the first performance is now completely sold out, with limited ticket availability available for the second concert.

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