“Being an artist always includes the question about one’s development and what is yet to come.” This is what Thomas Hampson recently said in an interview, and if one looks at his extensive discography, one thing becomes clear: He has always focused on personal development and has not confined himself to boundaries. The newly re-released CDs show the singer in an abundance of roles and genres.
On EMI, the Verdi Opera Arias CD shows him in the great Verdian baritone parts of “La Traviata”, “Ernani” and “Macbeth”.
On another recording of accompanied arias and canzones he proves to be a master of the lyrical lightness of Meyerbeer and Rossini.
On the Operetta album, he slips into seductive roles, and it almost seems as if Franz Lehár, Robert Stolz and Johann Strauss had written those parts with him in mind.
These albums will take you back to the heyday of Broadway.
“To the Soul” offers a journey into fragile art of song.
On Warner, “Ives, Mac Dowell, Griffes – Lieder” presents Thomas Hampson singing from the songbook of his native America. The neo-romantic songs by Charles Ives and by the lesser known Edward Mac Dowell and Charles Griffes were composed with German lyrics and therefore refer to Thomas Hampson’s excellent reputation as a leading singer of the German Lied-tradition.
“Des Knaben Wunderhorn – Various” puts Mahler’s most famous pieces from the Lied cycle “Aus ‘Des Knaben Wunderhorn’” in the context of compositions by other masters using the same texts. The different songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Weber, Zemlinsky and Schönberg offer an overview of German musical history from the 18th to the 20th century.
“Schumann: Kerner Lieder, Andersen Lieder’” brings the well-known Lieder from Schumann’s Opus 35 (texts by Justinus Kerner) and Opus 40 (texts by Hans Christian Andersen) together.
“Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen – Mahler/Berio: Frühe Lieder” was the repertoire that Thomas Hampson founded his reputation on. The “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” are among the first works by the young Mahler – fresh and full of poetry.
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.