Jun 17, 2016
“Baritone Thomas Hampson was an ideal soloist, singing with oaken tone and precise phrasing while conferring dignity and restraint on Whitman’s text.”
Georgia Rowe – The Mercury News
“As the night’s gravitational center, Adams’s dark tones undulated and shimmered in a sensitive reading by baritone Thomas Hampson. He underlined the poet’s words with precise diction, graceful legato, and burnished tone rolling out, emphasizing the long line. The Wound-Dresser pierces hearts with its detailed depiction of a male nurse tending to Civil War soldiers, who are missing limbs and dying from horrendous injuries.”
Harvey Steiman – Seen and Heard International
“The concert also brought baritone Thomas Hampson (the original barihunk) onstage to sing John Adams’ setting of Walt Whitman’s The Wound Dresser. Written at a time when Adams was grieving the loss of his father to Alzheimer’s and responding to friends in San Francisco traumatized by AIDS, the somber and exquisitely tender work packs a quiet and deeply emotional punch. There wasn’t a dry eye around as the intensely focused soloist declaimed the final gut-wrenching words, “Many a soldier’s kiss dwells on these bearded lips.” Adams himself was in attendance. We hope the warmth of the ovation expressed our sincere gratitude and awareness of his remarkable work.”
Philip Campbell – Bay Area Reporter
“. . . a wealth of vocal tone burnished to a rich mahogany, as well as the seamless legato and impeccable diction to make Whitman’s words tell. The sheer sensuality and vigor of his singing amounted to their own reward.”
Joshua Kosman – SFGate
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.