Opera News: Noteworthy & Now

Maria Mazzaro, Opera News: Thomas Hampson has a busy Jan. On the fifth, he is in Turkey performing with Luca Pisaroni and the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra. Hampson then travels to Germany—first to Munich for Bayerische Staatsoper performances of Srnka’s South Pole, then to Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonic for a concert with The Philharmonics. At the end of the month, he sings Scarpia in Wiener Staatsoper performances of Tosca, conducted by Plácido Domingo.

Im Gespräch: Der Bariton Thomas Hampson

Normalerweise werden die Lieder von Schubert, Brahms und Wolf am Klavier begleitet. Der Bariton Thomas Hampson hat einige davon nun in einer neuen Fassung mit Kammerorchester aufgenommen – gemeinsam mit den jungen Musikern der Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

“No Tenors Allowed” concerts in Lisbon & Istanbul

Thomas Hampson reunites with his son-in-law, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, for two performances of their acclaimed “No Tenors Allowed” programme in concert. The duo performs with pianist Christian Koch on December 21 at Lisbon’s Gulbenkian Música/Grande Auditório, and then travels to Istanbul for a New Year’s concert with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, hosted at the İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar on January 5.

‘Le nozze di Figaro’ album nominated for 2017 GRAMMY Award!

The recent Deutsche Grammophon release of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, featuring Thomas Hampson’s “wondrous” (Online-Merker) portrayal of Count Almaviva, has been nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY Award in the “Best Opera Recording” category. Other artists featured on the album include Luca Pisaroni as Figaro, Sonya Yoncheva as the Countess, Angela Brower sings Cherubino, Anne Sofie von Otter is Marcellina, Christiane Karg sings Susanna, Rolando Villazón stars as Basilio. Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on this momentous recording, part of a multi-year series of Mozart opera releases on the Deutsche Grammophon label.

Beethoven, Foster & more with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Thomas Hampson reunites with the acclaimed Amsterdam Sinfonietta and concertmaster/music director Candida Thompson for two performances this month, highlighting works by Elgar, Beethoven, Foster, Bridge, and more. They perform at the Philharmonie Essen on December 7 and the Forum am Schlosspark in Ludwigsburg on December 10 – for complete programme listings, visit the Philharmonie and Forum am Schlosspark online.

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)

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