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.
Thomas Hampson travels to the Middle East for concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Vasily Petrenko, he will join the ensemble for nine concerts and perform a recital with Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski.
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood spotlighted Leonard Bernstein’s wide-ranging talents as a composer, his many gifts as a great interpreter and champion of other composers, and his role as inspiration for a new generation of musicians and music lovers across the country and around the globe. This gala concert featured a kaleidoscopic array of artists and ensembles from the worlds of classical music, film, and Broadway, like Mr. Hampson, Audra McDonald, Midori, Yo-Yo Ma, Nadine Sierra, Susan Graham and Isabel Leonard among others.
On November 18 & 19, Hampson and the ensemble will perform Britten’s War Requiem at the Musikverein Wien. This harrowing work interweaves Latin mass text and text by Wilfred Owen accompanied by the Wiener Sängerknaben and Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien. Hampson shares the stage with star soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, and tenor Werner Güra.
More information and tickets are available via the Calendar page.
Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated debut with the Canadian Opera Company in the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian. Hampson sings the title role in this epic love story, based on the life of the Roman emperor Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor. Led by Johannes Debus, the monumental production by Peter Hinton will open the COC’s 68th season beginning October 13 through October 27.
Thomas Hampson travels to the Tanglewood Festival this month to celebrate the centennial of his late mentor, Leonard Bernstein, and to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
“At this pivotal time in history, Americas art song literature provides a means of communicating, in the simple beauty of word and music, the truths of a nation born of an ideology whose language celebrates the individual. This language of heart and mind says everything about the culture that created it. And when we sing our own songs, those who hear us will have experienced the best of what freedom of thought and purpose can achieve in the creation of great art.” -Thomas Hampson
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.