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.
Hampson has received tremendous acclaim for his previous performances as Danilo, recently at Lyric Opera of Chicago:
“… Saturday’s performance belonged to Hampson. The admirable baritone’s smooth yet powerful singing and tall, handsome stage presence are ideal for the role … Nobody in opera today does debonair like Hampson, and his comic timing was impeccable. Did I mention he brings a lieder singer’s care for words to even the silliest throwaway line?” (Chicago Tribune)
He is also featured on an audio recording of the opera with the London Philharmonic; purchase links and additional details can be found via his Discography.
Thomas Hampson, Eastern Washington’s homegrown international opera star, was the last person to perform at the Fox Theater in 2005 before it went dark and began extensive renovations. He returned in 2007 for the inaugural season of the restored facility, and again in 2009 to perform the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s “Letters From Lincoln.”
This autumn, Thomas Hampson returns to his hometown of Spokane, Washington as the featured soloist in two concerts on November 4 & 5. The performances, conducted by Eckart Preu, highlight much loved arias and overtures from the operatic canon by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi & more, and will include the Spokane Symphony Chorale and EWU Symphonic Choir. There will also be a special Gala event on November 3 (now sold-out) celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Fox Theater restoration, with Mr. Hampson as a featured guest and performer. Proceeds from the evening will support the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
“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.
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