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.
This month, Thomas Hampson is a featured soloist at Opera Gala concerts throughout Europe, with distinguished colleagues and ensembles. Mr. Hampson is joined by tenor Piotr Beczała and soprano Anette Dasch for Operetta programmes on February 11 (Festspielhaus Baden-Baden), February 15 (Mupa Budapest) and February 18 (Kölner Philharmonie), featuring vocal selections and overtures by Strauss Jr., Lehár, and more. Maestro Pavel Baleff leads both programmes; the February 18 event will receive a livestream via Philharmonie.tv.
Watch some of today’s top singers and pianist Lara Downes share a night of fond memories and extraordinary music in honor of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial. Opera stars Thomas Hampson, Ailyn Pérez and J’Nai Bridges, as well as vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will each perform one of their favorite Bernstein songs. Watch the entire ensemble sing “Somewhere” from West Side Story.
The 11th Anniversary of Thomas Hampson’s annual Voice Master Class is today from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Miller Recital Hall at the Manhattan School of Music. For the first time, they will be collaborating with Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien for a videoconference. Stay tuned for the archive recording later this week if you can’t make the live show!
Seating in Miller Recital Hall is limited, so make sure you don’t miss out another momentous master class with Thomas Hampson.
Join Thomas Hampson, mezzo-soprano Kelly O’Connor, Maestro Krzysztof Urbański, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for two concerts on January 26 & 27, featuring Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”). The concerts are featured as part of the ISO’s Lilly Classical Series, and the January 27 performance also features a live broadcast via ISO Inside; register here to watch the stream.
“This track, this simple song, represents everything I am hoping to express about Leonard Bernstein and about American music – about inspiration and collaboration, tradition and innovation.
Thomas Hampson began his career under Bernstein’s guidance, learned and performed Bernstein’s music under the Maestro’s baton, knew LB as a mentor and a friend, and took from him inspiration for his own life in music.
A handful of opera stars and other guest artists will join pianist Lara Downes for a night of music in honor of the Leonard Bernstein centennial. The January 21 concert, titled Songs for Lenny, will be webcast live from The Greene Space at WQXR beginning at 7PM. Opera stars Thomas Hampson, Ailyn Pérez, and J’Nai Bridges, as well as composer and vocalist Theo Bleckmann, will each perform a personal favorite song from the Bernstein repertoire. Watch the exclusive video above to see the American baritone and Downes perform “A Simple Song” from Bernstein’s Mass.
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