Don Carlo marks Hampson’s 20th role at the Met and third Verdi role in the U.S. this season
New DVD release of Hampson starring in Busoni’s Doktor Faust is now available in the U.S.
On March 17, 2008, Thomas Hampson will perform his 20th role on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera when he makes his debut in the role of Don Carlo in Verdi’s Ernani, with a cast including Marcello Giordani in the title role, Sondra Radvanovsky as Elvira, and Ferruccio Furlanetto as Silva, conducted by Roberto Abbado. Additional performances will be on March 21, 26, 29m, April 2, 5, and 10.
This season, Mr. Hampson’s American opera appearances have consisted exclusively of Verdi roles. Earlier this season he starred in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth at the San Francisco Opera and last month he appeared opposite Renée Fleming in La traviata at Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune wrote of Mr. Hampson’s performance as Germont:
The evening’s most complete performance came from Hampson. I have never heard the American baritone in better voice or more intelligently invested in his character…. He and Fleming played to each other’s strengths – their dialogue crackled with so much tension that you could almost see the sparks. His magnificently sung “Di Provenza” stopped the show.
The remarkable Thomas Hampson is magnificent in the title role, particularly in his vivid portrayal of the doomed Faust in the final scene.
Last month, ArtHaus released a DVD of Busoni’s Doktor Faust with Thomas Hampson in the title role. This performance was recorded at the Zurich Opera in 2006 with Philippe Jordan conducting. European reviews of the DVD have been very enthusiastic. The Financial Times wrote of the performance, “Faust dominates virtually every scene, making the opera an ideal vehicle for a singer-actor of Hampson’s caliber. His compelling performance is the genie that keeps this DVD, recorded last year at the Zurich Opera House, worth watching.” London’s Times wrote, “On a breathtaking set, frequently symbolizing a searching mind that finds scant resolution, the lyrical Thomas Hampson is outstanding as a crazed, world-weary Faust, dogged by pride and motoring on the wrong side of sanity.” Mr. Hampson performed this thorny role at the Met in the company’s premiere of the opera in 2001. The New York Times review stated: “It’s an unforgettable performance… Mr. Hampson’s burnished baritone and dramatic presence give the doctor the heroic stature and human vulnerability he needs.”
In addition to media appearances in Chicago last month (on WTTW TV’s “Chicago Tonight” and as the host of a four-hour WFMT-FM radio show on the history of the baritone voice), Mr. Hampson was interviewed live from the famed Pebble Beach golf club, by morning drive-time personalities Murph & Mac on KNBR, the leading AM sports radio station in San Francisco. Mr. Hampson was competing in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Celebrity Golf Tournament, along with such other celebrities as Michael Bolton and Huey Lewis.
Listen to Thomas’ live interview with Murph & Mac from Pebble Beach:
Metropolitan Opera, Ernani with Thomas Hampson as Don Carlo
Performance Dates: March 17, 21, 26, 29, April 2, 5, 10.
Matinee international radio broadcast is March 29
New DVD release: Busoni’s Doktor Faust, on ArtHaus Musik
Doktor Faust – Thomas Hampson
Wagner, his student / Master of Ceremonies – Günther Groissböck
Mephistopheles – Gregory Kunde
Duke of Parma / Girl’s brother / Soldier – Reinaldo Macias
Duchess of Parma – Sandra Trattnigg
Lieutenant – Martin Zysset
Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House
Philippe Jordan, conductor
Klaus Michael Grüber, stage director
Eduardo Arroyo, stage design
Eva Dessecker, costumes
Jürgen Hoffmann, lighting
Catalogue No: 101283
Recorded live from the Zurich Opera House, 2006
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.