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 launches the new year in Berlin, with a series of events at the Pierre Boulez Saal hosted as part of a ‘Schubert Weekend’ with pianist Wolfram Rieger. The duo presents the composer’s works in a lied recital on January 12, followed by a public master class with young artists from the Heidelberger Frühling Festival’s Lied Akademie on January 13 and a performance from the students that afternoon (tickets here).
Enjoy a video series of Thomas Hampson’s master classes, now featured on medici.tv. The video captures, posted in collaboration with the Hampsong Foundation, feature classes from the Manhattan School of Music and the Heidelberger Frühling. Several videos are now available with more coming soon; tune in at the following link.
On November 28, Thomas Hampson performs with pianist Wolfram Rieger and a string quartet comprised of musicians from the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tel Aviv Hilton. This annual event celebrates the change of season with a festive dinner and performance, hosted in the hotel’s atrium. More details are available here.
“Hampson’s voice is a truly incredible instrument, and it’s hard to imagine anyone walked away from the Fox Theater on Sunday afternoon disappointed.
Anyone who knows me knows that my knowledge of classical music and opera is pretty much limited to what I’ve heard in Looney Tunes cartoons and on movie soundtracks (seriously, Bugs Bunny’s spin on The Barber of Seville in Rabbit of Seville is a classic!). Part of Hampson’s skill is appealing to everyone from the expert to the novice, with an ingratiating performance style that’s as fun to watch as it is to hear.
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.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.