Gespräch mit dem Bariton Thomas Hampson


Im Juli 2016 ist Bariton Thomas Hampson im Rahmen der Münchner Opernfestspiele wieder in vier Vorstellungen von Miroslav Srnkas Oper “South Pole” zu hören; ein Werk über die frühen Expeditionen an den Südpol und vor allem das Wettrennen zwischen dem Briten Robert F. Scott und dem Norweger Roald Amundsen, der wie schon bei der Uraufführung im Januar 2016 von Thomas Hampson verkörpert wird. Meret Forster sprach mit dem Sänger über die Oper und sein Engagement für die Liedkunst.

‘South Pole’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper this summer, featuring Thomas Hampson in a reprisal of his star portrayal as explorer Roald Amundsen. The sold-out performance takes place on July 5 at the Nationaltheater with the original cast and creative team from its world premiere last winter, including Rolando Villazón as Robert Scott, conductor Kirill Petrenko, and a staging by Hans Neuenfels. Enjoy a trailer for this thrilling production at the following link.

“The star is Thomas Hampson, the veteran baritone is vocally and theatrically convincing in the role of Amundsen.” (

Montecito Journal feature – “Baritone Returns to His Musical Roots”

American lyric baritone Thomas Hampson has performed worldwide in major opera houses and music halls, played scores of iconic roles, and delivered recitals that captivate for his creatively constructed programs explore connections between eras and approaches. He’s an expert both in German Romantic song and tunes from our own country where his “Song of America” collaboration with the Library of Congress has proven extraordinarily popular and important.

Acclaim for Hampson’s performance of ‘The Wound Dresser’ with the San Francisco Symphony

“Baritone Thomas Hampson was an ideal soloist, singing with oaken tone and precise phrasing while conferring dignity and restraint on Whitman’s text.”

Georgia Rowe – The Mercury News

Celebrating David – Gala Concert at San Francisco Opera

Thomas Hampson and Frederica von Stade will host a star-studded gala concert on June 16, in celebration of David Gockley’s retirement after ten years as General Director at San Francisco Opera. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus will perform for this not-to-be-missed event, with conductors Nicola Luisotti, Jiří Bělohlávek, John DeMain, and Patrick Summers.

Song of America: Beyond the Song Event – Live Stream

Visit the Hampsong Foundation’s page on Tuesday, June 14 at 7pm PT/10pm ET to watch a livestream of the ‘Song of America: Beyond the Song’ Event with Thomas Hampson and Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate, hosted at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

International educator events and master classes

Thomas Hampson and the Hampsong Foundation will present a ‘Song of America: Beyond the Song’ Event with Dana Gioia, California Poet Laureate, on June 14 at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This event is in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and features the following artists in performance: Renée Rapier, mezzo-soprano; Brad Walker, bass-baritone; and Peter Grunberg, pianist. Gioia and Hampson will also host a dialogue with the singers about their selections. This event is free and open to the public (RSVP required).

‘Hampson and Pisaroni: Two magnificent voices’

“What already developed with the first notes, exceeded all expectations. Electrified by the charisma of both singers a resonating enthusiasm in the hall was felt by the audience.

Both singers are characterized by their pleasing and balanced tone color in all registers. This both have an enormous range of expression. In addition to that, their acting ability, which portrays the characteristics of the roles they embodied in a short time. Are tenors mostly youthful lovers and hero in the opera, then baritones representatives of the power, the bass-baritone often with a dash of humor. The program with Mozart, Verdi, Rossini, Bellini, Gounod and Massenet provides sufficient material for this purpose.”

Summer recitals in Europe and the U.S.

Thomas Hampson is featured in recital at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall on June 22; he also serves as the Mosher Guest Artist this season at the Academy. Pianist Tamara Sanikidze accompanies this performance, highlighting selections by Strauss, Ravel, and Barber, in addition to works by Burleigh, Copland, and more. Tickets for the event, a feature of the Academy’s Festival Series, are available at the following link. Additional information about Hampson’s upcoming master class at the Academy can also be found here.

Concert series with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas

This summer Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated return to San Francisco, in concert with the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. Thomas sings John Adams’ The Wound-Dresser, on a programme that also features Stravinsky’s Scènes de ballet, Variations (Aldous Huxley, In memoriam), and Petrushka. These not-to-be-missed performances take place June 16, 17, 18 & 19 at Davies Symphony Hall.

Gala Concert – “No Tenors Allowed” at the Theater Wolfsburg

Thomas Hampson and his son-in-law, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, bring their world renowned “No Tenors Allowed” programme to the Theater Wolfsburg on June 4. This greatly anticipated Gala Concert, with accompaniment from pianist Christian Koch, is a centerpiece of the Theater’s 100th Anniversary celebration and the Soli Deo Gloria Festival. Hampson and Pisaroni will perform famous operatic duets and arias from a variety of composers, including Verdi, Rossini, Mozart, and more, including highlights from their respective signature roles. Purchase tickets at the following link for this extraordinary concert event.

‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ on Deutsche Grammophon is now available for pre-order

Thomas Hampson is featured in one of his signature roles, Count Almaviva, in a spectacular new recording of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. The album is the fourth in a series of Mozart opera releases from Deutsche Grammophon, in collaboration with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Rolando Villazón. Pre-ordering is now available via the following link for this must-have recording, which is set for worldwide release on July 8.

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