Thomas Hampson returns to the Salzburg Easter Festival this month to co-star in Richard Strauss’s Arabella, the German composer’s sixth and final opera collaboration with librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal. Hampson sings the role of Mandryka, reuniting with superstar soprano Renée Fleming, who takes on the title role, and conductor Christian Thielemann. In between the two performances (April 12 and 21), which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Hampson joins the Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Thielemann and Christoph Eschenbach, for a “Concert for Salzburg” featuring music by Mozart and Strauss (April 17).
Hampson also pays tribute to the Strauss Sesquicentennial with the release this month of an all-Strauss recital recording entitled Notturno. The album, pairing Hampson with his long-time collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger, takes its name from Strauss’s expressionistic Op. 44 song featuring poetry by Richard Dehmel portraying the macabre figure of Fiddling Death. The new DG release features popular and lesser-known songs written throughout Strauss’s career.
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Hampson closes out the month with a recital on April 27 in Brussels, Belgium, a program of mostly late-Romantic songs, including works by Richard Strauss, songs to texts by Dehmel by Alexander von Zemlinsky, R. Strauss, Alma Mahler-Schindler and Arnold Schoenberg, and three of Gustav Mahler’s “Rückertlieder.” Wolfram Rieger is once again Hampson’s partner at the piano.
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.
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