Apr 17, 2009
Washington, DC — On April 29, the Atlantic Council will host its 2009 annual Awards Dinner honoring select individuals for distinguished leadership in the political, military, business, and artistic communities. Thomas Hampson, the renowned American baritone, will receive the distinguished artistic leadership award and will also provide a special performance for dinner attendees.
The Atlantic Council established the artistic leadership award in 2008 to remind the Atlantic Community how art and the artist stand at the core of our shared values. A Washington State native, Hampson has lived and worked in both Europe and America for most of his professional career. He truly embodies the spirit of both the Atlantic Community and the award.
Thomas Hampson is among the world’s most celebrated, sought after singers performing on the stage today. He entered the top echelon of the musical world during the mid 1980s when he made concurrent debuts with the Zurich Opera, Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, along with celebrated performances and recordings with Leonard Bernstein. During the last 25 years he has performed 70 roles in a dozen languages including title roles in nearly every major opera house in the world. In addition to his operatic career, he is among the leading interpreters of the art song repertoire and regularly performs solo recitals in the European and American musical capitals, including recitals at the White House. Hampson can be heard on over 150 CD recordings and 20 DVDs and has received nearly every major recording award including the Grammy and Gramophone Awards, the Edison Prize for Lifetime achievement and the Echo Prize. A member of the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has received the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France, the Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst from the Republic of Austria and several honorary doctorates. Featured regularly on PBS and on European television Hampson has also produced television specials focused on the art of song as a narrative of our shared cultural experiences. As the Library of Congress’s Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music In America he collaborates with the Library on a joint initiative, the “Song of America” project, which highlights the importance of poetry and song in present-day American culture. Hampson is also a passionate single handicap golfer, a dog lover, and devotee of new technologies and media, especially those produced by Apple.
This year’s Atlantic Council Awards Dinner will also honor 41st President George H.W. Bush and former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl for their distinguished international leadership; U.S. Central Command Chief General David Petraeus for military leadership; and IBM Chairman, CEO, and President Samuel Palmisano for business leadership. The dinner commemorates two historic dates in transatlantic relations: the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, where President Bush and close ally Chancellor Kohl helped make the reunification of Germany and the peaceful end of the Cold War a reality, and the 60th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Both of these events contributed to a more whole and free Europe.
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.