Thomas Hampson’s 2014/15 season features reprisals of his best-known roles, several debuts, international concert, recital, and festival engagements, master classes, and a new radio series produced by the Hampsong Foundation.
Following summer performances as Scarpia in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, galas in Baden-Baden, Essen, Paris and Gstaad, and recital and concert engagements in Washington D.C., Minnesota, Boston, at Tanglewood, Munich, and Salzburg, Mr. Hampson returns to the operatic stage in the fall, revisiting signature roles including Scarpia at the Bavarian State Opera (September 20, 24 & 27), and Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at San Francisco Opera (October 4, 10, 13, 16 & 19). Hampson returns to the Dresden State Opera as Mandryka in Strauss’ Arabella (November 7 & 10) and is joined by Renée Fleming in the title role, reprising their acclaimed partnership from last season at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
Hampson also makes two role debuts this season, singing the Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at The Metropolitan Opera (January 12, 16, 22, 27 & 31, and February 5), and King Arthus in a new production of Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus at the Opéra National de Paris (May 16, 19, 22, 25 & 28, and June 2, 5, 8, 11 & 14).
Mr. Hampson’s concert schedule includes appearances with the Vienna Symphony (November 15 & 16), the Nationaltheater Orchester in Mannheim (December 15 & 16), the Konzerthausorchester Berlin with Iván Fischer (December 19 & 20), and a performance of John Adams’ The Wound Dresser with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony (February 15). Later in the season, Hampson appears in concert with percussionist Martin Grubinger in Munich (March 2), performs a series with the Nashville Symphony, featuring the world premiere of songs by American composer Richard Danielpour (March 12, 13 & 14), and concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra led by Mariss Jansons (March 19), the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg in Munich (March 24), and in Tel Aviv and Haifa with The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (June 17, 19, 20, 21 & 23).
Recital engagements include appearances at the Linz Opera House (November 21), the Herkulessal in Munich (December 10), Carnegie Hall, which includes a world premiere by American composer Jennifer Higdon (February 9), West Palm Beach, FL for The Society of The Four Arts (February 11), and a recital in collaboration with pianist Wolfram Rieger at the Musikverein Wien (April 19).
Hampson recently added a new album to his Deutsche Grammophon discography titled Notturno, featuring a curated selection of songs by Richard Strauss. The disc also highlights the talents of pianist Wolfram Rieger, Mr. Hampson’s frequent collaborator.
Thomas Hampson serves as Founder and Artistic Director of the Hampsong Foundation, which will produce a new radio series titled “Song: Mirror of the World,” scheduled to premiere this season. “Song: Mirror of the World” is a project of the Hampsong Foundation and co-produced by the WFMT Radio Network. It explores classic song as a global identifier of the culture from which it came. The series also takes a broad, humanities-based approach to the role of song in society, with a special focus on intercultural dialogues throughout the European continent, and between Europe and the United States.
A passionate educator, Hampson will return for master classes in 2015 at the Heidelberger Frühling’s Lied Academy, where he is co-founder and Artistic Director.
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.