‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ concert appearance

Thomas Hampson will step in to replace baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who is ill, for the spectacular open air concert ‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ (“Meeting of the Stars”) at Munich’s Königsplatz on June 27, part of ZDF’s Sommernachtsmusik (“Summer Night Music”) series. This special event also features soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, with mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova and bass Ildar Abdrazakov. The programme features popular arias, duets, and ensemble pieces from much-loved operatic works by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and many others, all accompanied by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava led by Claudio Vandelli. The archived broadcast of the performance will be available to watch online via beginning June 28.

Mr. Hampson also joins his colleagues in sending words of healing and support to Mr. Hvorostovsky: “Our deepest friendship joins so many others in supporting Dima through this health crisis, safely to the return of the joy he brings to countless people as the extraordinary artist and colleague he is. I wish Dima and Florence all the strength, love and fortitude to stay positive through this difficult time. Dima, you are strong and determined and you will win this battle!”