The turning of the calendar, the “ringing in” of another year and the farewell to the one gone by can be a time of circumspection or palpable anticipation. For me it is both at the same time. For me, the ending of a calendar year brings with it a kind of new focus to a season already in full power.
When I reflect on the year 2005 and measure the enjoyments, achievements, and experiences I have had; I am immediately excited about what I can do better, offer more concisely and even forget more gracefully. All years are not the same and surely 2005 will go down in the “Hampson Diaries” as one of the most turbulent in recent history. Mind you, I don’t mean that negatively, I mean it literally like a flight from there to wherever, with all the kind of flying conditions you can imagine in one flight; dark clouds, rough starts, storms as well as clear skies, boundless vistas and gentle landings. I’ll let you replace the metaphor of choice with the event of your liking.
I am really writing this little note to say thank you. Thank you for your flying with me, even keeping me in flight on occasion; but most of all for just plain caring about what we all should think, study, enjoy, critique and most especially cherish.
I cherish health, freedom, curiosity, family, and fate. I wish all of you reading this now, at the beginning of 2006, not only those things I cherish, but as well the patience, fortitude and respect you afford yourselves in that you have afforded them to one like me in such generous proportions this past year.
“The spirit in which a thing is given determines that in which the debt is acknowledged: it’s the intention, not the face-value of the gift, that’s weighed.” (Seneca 5BC-65AD)
Thomas Hampson will fill in as a guest host for Terrance McKnight on WQXR this Thursday, November 5, beginning at 7 pm ET. During this hour, Thomas will celebrate the song repertoire, featuring works by Schubert, Mahler, Ives, and many others. Tune in and learn more about Hampson’s guest host hour via WQXR.
PENTATONE continues its American Opera Series with Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere recording of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix (2019), an opera on the life of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s favorite librettist. Da Ponte (1749-1838) was an adventurer, who not only travelled the world, but in a way also through time, living across what seem to be impossible moments of history that never should have aligned in somebody’s life.
The documentary by C Major Entertainment “The Animated Story of Jenny Lind”, in which Thomas Hampson is the narrator, has won this year’s Golden Prague Fesitval’s Performing Arts Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and acclaimed Performing Arts festival for TV and film, with opera, dance, concerts and documentaries from all over the world. It is also on the Shortlist of potential winners of the Prix Italia.
Thomas Hampson makes his Global Concert Hall debut next month, performing with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under the baton of its founder and musical director Martin Haselböck. The concert, filmed at the Brucknerhouse Linz in August 2020, will be streamed on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 8 pm Berlin / 2 pm New York. The concert will be available to stream through October 22.
Thomas Hampson returns to the stage this month, with a concert at the Stiftskirche Millstatt, and two performances at the Salzkammergut Classic Festival. Beginning on August 2 in Millstatt, Hampson will perform lieder by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms with pianist Christian Koch, and the Carinthia Chor Millstatt will sing Carinthian songs under the direction of Bernhard Zlanabitnig.
For the first time ever, audiences around the world will have a special opportunity to watch the Canadian Opera Company’s 2018 world premiere production of Hadrian, in full, online. On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET, in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival, the COC is hosting a free, one-night-only digital stream of the modern grand opera. The Hadrian Watch Party helps kick off one week of virtual Pride events and will feature a live Q&A session with both the composer and celebrated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, a giant in Canadian theatre.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.