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.

Concert with The Philharmonics at the new Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Thomas Hampson reunites with acclaimed ensemble The Philharmonics for a sold-out concert at Europe’s most spectacular new venue, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, on January 25. They present works from their “Golden Times” programme, which includes selections by Henry Mancini, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and more. The event is presented as a highlight of the venue’s season opening festival; enjoy a video interview with Mr. Hampson detailing the special features of the Elbphilharmonie:

Thomas Hampson sings “magnificently” and with “musical intelligence” on Danielpour album (Gramophone Review)

Richard Danielpour composed Songs of Solitude (2002), on poems by Yeats, in the weeks following the September 11 attacks; War Songs (2008), on poems by Whitman, was inspired by photographs published in the New York Times of soldiers killed in the Iraq War … Both of these cycles were written for Thomas Hampson, who sings them magnificently. At 60, his voice sounds as fresh as ever, and the baritone’s musical intelligence and literary sensitivity make even the less successful of these songs worthy of study. Hampson’s achievement is even more impressive given that the recordings were made in concert.

Andrew Farach-Colton, Gramophone Magazine

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Thomas Hampson stars in ‘South Pole’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

On January 18, 21 & 23, Thomas Hampson reprises the role of Roald Amundsen in Srnka’s South Pole at Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper. Mr. Hampson won tremendous international acclaim for his creation of the role in the world premiere:

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

“As Amundsen, Thomas Hampson was a towering presence in every sense. His voice, in stunning form, carried well, and his sense of the dramatic made him a perfect exponent of the Norwegian explorer.” (Opera News)
Conductor Kirill Petrenko leads from the pit for this staging by Hans Neuenfels. Enjoy the video trailer for this thrilling production at the following link.

New York Classical Review’s “Mahler of the Year”

Top 10 Performances of 2016 Addition / Mahler of the Year: If the above list were expanded, it would be filled out with all of the excellent orchestral performances of Mahler during the year … the Philharmonic’s magnificent Mahler Ninth under Bernard Haitink and a glowing Das Lied von der Erde, under Alan Gilbert—sung by tenor Stefan Vinke and baritone Thomas Hampson … (New York Classical Review)

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

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