BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE | Rebecca Schmid
As baritone Thomas Hampson takes the world’s first masterclass with his own iPhone app, Rebecca Schmid delves into the recent growth of online coaching.
For student performers, the masterclass poses a daunting challenge. Not only must they play for an expert in their given instrument, but also instruction is given in front of an audience. So the pressure was on this spring for the students gathered at the Manhattan School of Music for a masterclass in orchestral performance given by the baritone Thomas Hampson.
On February 24, Thomas Hampson, clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, and the Wiener Virtuosen perform music by Mozart, Mahler, and Dvořák at the Musikverein. Hampson will perform Dvořák’s Zigeunerlieder and songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a work he has championed and recorded with the Wiener Virtuosen. Released in Mahler Year 2011, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, the album was Hampson’s first ever studio recording of the orchestra version of Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Thomas Hampson travels to Vienna to sing Scarpia from Puccini’s Tosca at the Wiener Staatsoper. This timeless and classic production by Margarethe Wallmann features a star-studded cast including Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and Piotr Beczala making his role debut as Cavaradossi. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni will perform their “No Tenors Allowed” concert on February 1 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Prior to this engagement, Mr. Hampson will work with voice students from Manhattan School of Music in a masterclass on January 30.
Expanding on the Schubert Weekend that took place in January 2018, Thomas Hampson returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal for Schubert Week, curated completely by Hampson himself. Kicking off the week will be an all-Schubert recital with Hampson and his longtime collaborator Wolfram Rieger, followed by workshops and a final concert presented to the public with singers from the Festival Akademie of the Heidelberger Frühling.
Thomas Hampson kicks off the new year returning to Illinois to perform a series of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and teach a masterclass at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. These engagements mark Mr. Hampson’s return to Chicago since the release of his debut album with Cedille Records, “Songs from Chicago”, an album featuring songs by early mid-twentieth-century composers from Chicago.
Thomas Hampson travels to the Middle East for concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, he will join the ensemble for nine concerts and perform a recital with Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski.
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