Thomas Hampson returns to Heidelberg this spring, to lead his annual series of master classes as part of Heidelberger Frühling (Heidelberg Spring Festival). Hampson’s sold-out classes take place on April 6, 7, 8 & 11, with a final concert featuring the class participants on April 12. These events are presented in collaboration with Heidelberg University, and are hosted at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg. Videos from past classes in Heidelberg can be found via Mr. Hampson’s artist page on medici.tv. Additional live streams will also take place this year, read on for details.
10am (CEST): Welcome & Master class with Thomas Hampson
2:30pm: Master class with Thomas Hampson
Open Classes with Thomas Hampson
10:45am (CEST): Master class with Thomas Hampson
2:30pm: Master class with Thomas Hampson
10am (CEST): Opening conversation dedicated to Schubert with Thomas Hampson, Hartmut Höll, Graham Johnson, Sabine Scharnagl, and Richard Stokes
10:30am: Open Class “Viva Schubert”
2:30pm: Open Class “Viva Schubert”
Open Classes with Graham Johnson
10am (CEST): Introduction to French Song, and its comparison to the Lieder of Schubert, with internationally-renowned collaborative pianist Graham Johnson
10:30am: Master class with Graham Johnson
2:30pm: Master class with Graham Johnson
Plato’s famous academy is the name-giver for all its emulators. His pupils were equal, regardless of origin and status. Dissenting voices were not only allowed but encouraged. For a short while, the members lived and studied as a community, taking their meals together and celebrating in each other’s company. Heidelberger Frühling’s Festival takes its cue from Plato. In the middle of the festival, chamber musicians, singers, composers and music journalists do precisely the same thing, playing, listening, debating, eating and celebrating together, amongst themselves, before and with their audiences. Singers work with chamber musicians, composers discuss their works with the performers and the first people to hear them. In exchanges with composers, young journalists learn something about creative preconditions, composers find out about the standards upheld by music critics. From this they all emerge somewhat the wiser, many of them as (new) friends.
From September 23 – 28, Thomas Hampson and Melanie Diener, worldwide acclaimed soprano from Waiblingen, teach – for the first time in 2019 – an opera workshop at the Bürgerzentrum Waiblingen to outstanding singers of the new generation.
After his curated Schubert Week at Berlin’s Pierre Boulez Saal this past January, Thomas Hampson returns to the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg to lead the Heidelberg Lied Academy from March 21-24. As artistic director, Hampson and fellow renowned mentors and pianists, Hartmut Höll and Ammiel Bushakevitz, will work with the Lied Academy Scholars in public and private masterclasses, with the scholars performing a final concert on March 24.
Thomas Hampson sings with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra on March 9 & 10, part of the Classix Series: Trailblazers, bringing a concert full of stories about trail blazers that have shaped history and our world. At the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Mr. Hampson joins the orchestra for Michael Daugherty’s song cycle Letters from Lincoln. Hampson debuted the work in 2009 with the Spokane Symphony, which was recorded and released by Koch Records. Purchase links and more information is available via Hampson’s Recordings.
On March 6, Thomas Hampson returns to Tokyo for a special concert with superstar soprano Angela Gheorghiu and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at Suntory Hall. Under the baton of Eugene Kohn, Ms. Gheorghiu and Mr. Hampson perform beloved operatic arias and duets by Bizet, Verdi, Lehár, and more. Hampson and Ms. Gheorghiu have previously collaborated on a number of critically acclaimed records including Verdi’s Il trovatore, Bizet’s Carmen, and Massenet’s Werther. More information is available via Hampson’s Recordings.
Thomas Hampson performs his “Song of Liberty: Beyond America” project in his hometown of Spokane, on March 1 with pianist Lara Downes and an ensemble of musicians from the Spokane Symphony. Marking the west coast premiere of his new project, Hampson performs an all-American program that explores the influential people, poetry and events that helped create and define our nation. At the Martin Woldson Theater, using song, personal anecdotes and historical monologues, Hampson will take the audience on a journey through American history as seen through the eyes of poets and the ears of composers.
On February 24, Thomas Hampson, clarinetist Daniel Ottensamer, and the Wiener Virtuosen perform music by Mozart, Mahler, and Dvořák at the Musikverein. Hampson will perform Dvořák’s Zigeunerlieder and songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a work he has championed and recorded with the Wiener Virtuosen. Released in Mahler Year 2011, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, the album was Hampson’s first ever studio recording of the orchestra version of Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.