Mar 03, 2013
Beginning March 11, Thomas Hampson gives his company role debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as the treacherous Iago in Verdi’s Otello (five performances through March 30). Hampson first sang the role at Zurich Opera in fall 2011, and it joins other key Verdi roles – including Simon Boccanegra and, last season, Macbeth – that Hampson has sung in recent seasons at the Met. Hampson joins Argentinian tenor José Cura (Otello) and Krassimira Stoyanova (Desdemona) for this, Verdi’s penultimate opera, which received its triumphant world premiere (20 curtain calls for the composer!) at Milan’s La Scala in February 1887. Hampson discusses his first Met Iago in the commentary that follows:
I am tremendously excited to be returning to the Met again this season. Last year, we celebrated 25 years since my debut with the company, and I was deeply moved by their show of affection for me and for their years of generous support. To sing in a Met Otello is a milestone in any singer’s career, and I’ve waited for quite some time to sing Iago because I think you need a lot of experience with other Verdi roles to begin to understand it. I’ve come to really love this role, which I was very afraid of at first. But it really fits my vocal and theatrical abilities, perhaps even better than some of the other bigger Italian repertoire that I’ve done at the Met. José Cura and I have done these roles together often, including last season in Zurich. He’s a very dynamic, unpredictable, and exciting performer on stage, and one of the nicest colleagues you can work with. Krassimira Stoyanova is an old friend and one of my closest colleagues in the business. We’ve worked together frequently in Europe and she is one of the most beautiful and classy singers in the business today. If you really want to learn about singing, just listen to what she can do. Our conductor is Alain Altinoglu, a shooting star if there ever was one – he is very energetic and extremely capable. I’ve seen this classic Met production many times, and look forward to what promises to be an extremely gratifying experience for both the performers and audience alike.
Thomas Hampson returns to Teatro alla Scala for his greatly anticipated role debut as Altair in Strauss’ ravishing Die ägyptische Helena. Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s re-imagination of the Helen of Troy myth will feature a new production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with set design by Julian Crouch and costume design by Mark Bouman. This production marks the first time Die ägyptische Helena will be staged at La Scala. In 2017, Mr. Hampson made his operatic debut at the house as the title role of Don Giovanni, garnering praise for his “smooth, smart, deft, and ever-interesting” portrayal (The New Criterion).
This week, Thomas Hampson joins the Orchester Wiener Akademie to sing orchestral versions of selected Schubert songs arranged by Franz Liszt, Jacques Offenbach, Johannes Brahms, and Anton von Webern. Under the baton of Martin Haselböck, performances take place on October 9 at the Brucknerhaus Linz, part of the Brucknerfest, and on October 13 at the Musikverein, marking the ensemble’s first concert of the season at the Musikverein.
The award, including an endowment of €10,000, honours personalities committed to teaching classical music.
Thomas Hampson will be awarded the 2020 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award. The award, which includes an endowment of €10,000 and will be presented at the eponymous music festival, honours the American baritone star’s decades of commitment to the ‘Kunstlied’ (art song).
Performing together since 2010, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni bring their “No Tenors Allowed” concert to Brigham Young University and to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón this fall. On October 1, Hampson and Pisaroni share the stage at the de Jong Concert Hall, performing selections from opera, including Donizettti’s Don Pasquale and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, along with Broadway show tunes and popular songs, with pianist Kevin Murphy.
From September 23 – 28, Thomas Hampson and Melanie Diener, worldwide acclaimed soprano from Waiblingen, teach – for the first time in 2019 – an opera workshop to the next generation of outstanding singers at the Bürgerzentrum Waiblingen. The first International Waiblingen Opera Workshop has chosen 13 singers from eight countries, including Germany, Spain, USA, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Korea, and China.
On September 13 & 17, Thomas Hampson performs at the first-ever Tsinandali Festival in Georgia. For the first concert, the extraordinary virtuoso pianist, Jan Lisiecki, joins Mr. Hampson for a recital including the Heine songs from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, and Schumann’s Dichterliebe. Schumann composed his Dichterliebe during a creative surge in 1840, also known as his “year of song,” where he produced more than 130 Lieder.
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