A true champion of modern works, Thomas Hampson has selected pieces for his upcoming performances that reflect the energy and vibrancy of today’s contemporary music scene. Thomas Hampson travels to the sunny state of Florida to present a recital with pianist Wolfram Rieger, on February 11. The Society of The Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL, hosts this special event, with a program featuring the Florida premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, which received its world premiere on February 9 as part of Mr. Hampson’s Carnegie Hall Recital. The evening will also feature music by Strauss, Barber, Copland, Ives, and many others. Following his appearance in Palm Beach, Mr. Hampson performs with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, led by renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. The concert (February 15) includes music by Copland, Ives, Adams, Foster, Hopkinson, and Higdon’s Civil Words.
In March, Hampson will sing another premiere; “War Songs,” by composer Richard Danielpour. The Nashville Symphony commissioned these songs especially for the occasion, to be premiered by Mr. Hampson. Additionally, he will perform Danielpour’s new work “Songs of Solitude” as part of the concerts, which also feature Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 from the orchestra, led by Giancarlo Guerrero. Performances take place March 12, 13 & 14.
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.