Naxos has released a DVD recording of Verdi’s La Traviata, with an all-star cast featuring Marina Rebeka as Violetta Valéry, Francesco Demuro as Alfredo Germont and Thomas Hampson as his father, Giorgio Germont. Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson is at the podium, leading the NDR Radiophilharmonie.
Giorgio Germont, a role he debuted in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival, is now part of Mr. Hampson’s signature roles. He has portrayed it in some of the world’s most notorious opera houses, the Metropolitan Opera among them, where he received fantastic reviews when he last sung it on February of 2017. Operawire wrote, “[Mr. Hampson’s] “Di Provenza il mar, il suol” featured thoughtful phrasing, Hampson’s first section gentle and flowing. As the opening section reached its emotional climax on “Dio mi guido,” the warmth and bright revealed the fatherly love buried inside this regal man.”
This DVD was released on July 14, now available via NAXOSdirekt.
“For Thomas Hampson, who sings the “Abschied” from Gustav Mahler’s Song of the Earth, there is never a moment of music quite like the others. It is the chance to hear and see a singer interpret, not only one of his favorite composers, but as a soul mate of the composer, whose fine and meticulous study, a hundred times handed over the craft for more than 30 years, leads to an intimate understanding of each measure of each melody, which enlightens the listener without blinding him.”
Enjoy this interview with Thomas Hampson – watch & listen to the complete video via Octave Magazine
On October 1, Thomas Hampson and his longtime collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger, will receive the Hugo Wolf Medal at a special ceremony in Stuttgart. This marks the first time a duo has been honored with this award. Tune in at the following link for a livestream of the event, which also features a performance from acclaimed soprano Anja Harteros.
Beginning the new season, Thomas Hampson returns to Opéra national de Paris to star as Graf Danilo Danilowitsch in Lehar’s ever-popular Die lustige Witwe (“The Merry Widow”). He sings the role September 9 – October 21, with a sparkling cast including Véronique Gens as Hanna Glawari, Valentina Naforniţa as Valencienne, and Stephen Costello as Camille de Rosillon. Conductors Jakub Hrůša and
Marius Stieghorst alternate performances, with a production staged by Jorge Lavelli.
With “Serenade,” his first album exclusively dedicated to French song, Mr. Hampson brings his passion for works by French opera composers to the Pentatone label. Curated with the French Literature scholar Sylvain Fort and in a first collaboration with the Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski, the track listing includes romantic and introspective as well as humorous selections by Bizet, Chabrier, Chausson, Gounod, Magnard, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns, featuring texts written by some of France’s most revered writers including Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Rosemonde Gérard, and others.
For more information about this CD, visit Mr. Hampson’s discography.
This recording is available exclusively from Pentatone’s website.
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