La Traviata: Verdi’s Timeless Fallen Woman (He Sang/She Sang podcast)


On this week’s episode of He Sang/She Sang, hosts Merrin Lazyan and Julian Fleisher are joined by dramaturg Cori Ellison to discuss Verdi’s mythical and timeless masterpiece, La Traviata. We also speak with baritone Thomas Hampson, who has been singing the role of Germont for 25 years. Hampson tells us how the complex and beautiful dilemmas that we find in this opera help us to better understand who we really are.

‘Opera is about dilemma, not about plot’ – Thomas Hampson


Picks from across the week on In Tune with Sean Rafferty: opera singers Thomas Hampson, Michael Fabiano and Tara Erraught …

Thomas Hampson Returns to Manhattan School of Music For Annual Masterclass

Opera Wire

Back in 2007, baritone Thomas Hampson gave a Distance Learning Voice Master Class at the Manhattan School of Music. In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of that event, the American singer and the renowned conservatory are rejoining forces for the same program.

‘La traviata’ at The Metropolitan Opera

“Thomas Hampson is a proper stuffed-shirt as Alfredo’s father Germont senior as he persuades Violetta to leave his son for the sake of the family honor and adding a fine “Di Provenza il mar,” one of the great baritone arias, in Act II.”

Wilborn Hampton – Huffington Post

Tides of Life CD review – refreshing, authoritative song recital (The Guardian)

“It’s not only the singing of baritone Thomas Hampson, on top form, that makes this recital so enjoyable; it’s the affectionate new string arrangements, joyously played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta – as leader Candida Thompson describes it, “a big string quartet” of two dozen players. All but one of the arrangements are by David Matthews, who adds texture and illumination to already radiant songs, refreshing these lilies without gilding them. Intertwining solo violins make the opening of Wolf’s song Anakreons Grab magical; squeaking strings conjure up the rodents in his Der Rattenfänger. Another highlight is Bob Zimmerman’s gossamer version of Schubert’s Ständchen (“Zögernd leise”), the echoes sung by a girls’ choir. Brahms’s Four Serious Songs find Matthews drawing on darker sonorities. Hampson, full of authority, ends on Barber’s masterly Dover Beach, which seems only to benefit from its quartet parts being lent the weight and security of a full string orchestra.”

Erica Jeal – The Guardian

10th Annual Manhattan School of Music Master Class and Live Webcast

On March 15 at 4pm ET, Thomas Hampson returns to the Manhattan School of Music to lead his 10th Annual Master Class and Live Webcast. The live stream will be available to watch via, with an archived broadcast available online following the event (details TBA). The 2016 Master Class can now be enjoyed at the following link; complete program details from that Master Class are also listed online in PDF format.

‘La traviata’ at The Metropolitan Opera

This spring, Thomas Hampson revisits a signature role, Giorgio Germont, in his return to The Metropolitan Opera stage. Sonya Yoncheva and Carmen Giannatasio alternate as Violetta, and Michael Fabiano is Alfredo, in the Willy Decker production which Mr. Hampson originated in Salzburg (2005) to great acclaim:

“Thomas Hampson masterfully portrays the elder Germont as a man torn – moved by Violetta but determined that propriety prevails.” (The New York Times)

“Streaming rocks!” – Thomas Hampson releases unpublished and exclusive recordings on classical music streaming service Idagio

BERLIN, February 9, 2017: The award-winning American baritone Thomas Hampson announced today the release of unpublished and exclusive recordings on the classical music streaming service Idagio. The recordings, hidden gems from live archive performances, include: Schubert’s Winterreise, op. 89, D 911 (until today unpublished recording with Wolfram Rieger, piano); the never heard before live recording of Lingua Angelorum, which Hampson commissioned by contemporary composer Sylvie Bodorová; and selected songs by Hugo Wolf. Also released today on Idagio are songs based on Des Knaben Wunderhorn by Mahler, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schönberg ; Schumann’s Kerner-Lieder; and the collection Wondrous Free – Song of America II. The release is accessible now on the Idagio iOS app and with lossless audio on the web app – and immediately available in over 70 countries.

Opera Now cover feature – “An American Abroad”

“Thomas Hampson’s long, thriving career on both sides of the Atlantic has established him as one of the most successful and versatile operatic baritones in the world. More than that, he is regarded as an emblematic figure in US opera – an articulate spokesman, championing its heritage, shaping its future and acting as an example to successive generations of young talent.” (Opera Now)

The complete feature, titled “An American Abroad,” can be viewed via the following formats:

Register here for the complete digital edition of the magazine:

The article is also available to enjoy via the following link.

“In schwierigen Zeiten müssen wir Künstler noch offener und lauter sein”

Thomas Hampson und Luca Pisaroni sind nicht nur beide angesehene Opernsänger, sondern auch Schwiegervater und -sohn. Nun haben der Bariton (Hampson, 61) und der Bassbariton (Pisaroni, 41) das brandneue Programm “No Tenors Allowed” geschaffen. Die OÖNachrichten begleiteten das Duo zum “Testlauf” nach Istanbul.

Concert with the Orchestre National de Lyon at Carnegie Hall

Thomas Hampson narrates Rimsky-Korsakov’s Antar (in the U.S. Premiere of Ravel’s arrangement) with the Orchestre National de Lyon on February 20 at Carnegie Hall. The programme, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, also features the American premiere of Connesson’s Celephaïs, and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 and Shéhérazade, featuring soloist Renée Fleming. Several seating areas are now sold out for this highly anticipated concert event; visit Carnegie Hall online for current availability.


Thomas Hampson über seine neue CD “Tides of Life”

BR-Klassik: Gemeinsam mit der Amsterdam Sinfonietta hat Thomas Hampson die Lieder-CD “Tides of Life” mit Werken von Wolf, Schubert und Brahms eingespielt. Im Gespräch mit BR-KLASSIK erzählt der Bariton, wie es zu diesem Projekt kam und wie er bei den ausgewählten Liedern das Verhältnis von Sprache, Musik und Poesie empfindet.

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