This month, Thomas Hampson will make appearances at the Munich Opera Festival in Puccini’s Tosca, and he will perform a recital with his longtime colleague, pianist Wolfram Rieger, in Toblach.
Beginning the month, Hampson will sing Scarpia, a seasoned role for him, at the National Theater with the Bavarian State Opera. Performances are July 9 and July 13, with Marco Armiliato at the podium, and direction by Luc Bondy. Hampson will share the stage with an esteemed roster of singers including Angela Gheorghiu as Tosca, Joseph Calleja as Cavaradossi, Alexander Milev as Angelotti, Kristof Klorek as A Sacristan, Kevin Conners as Spoletta, Christian Rieger as Sciarrone, and Oleg Davydov as the prison guard.
Thomas Hampson is featured as Scarpia on an album of Tosca at the Opernhaus Zurich; purchase links and additional details can be found via his Recordings.
On July 16 at the Kulturzentrum Grand Hotel, Hampson will perform a program of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with pianist Wolfram Rieger. Regarded as a champion of Mahler’s music, Hampson and Rieger both received the Hugo-Wolf-Medal from the International Hugo-Wolf-Academy for their outstanding achievements in the art of song interpretation.
Enjoy this video of Thomas Hampson discussing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn:
Thomas Hampson will fill in as a guest host for Terrance McKnight on WQXR this Thursday, November 5, beginning at 7 pm ET. During this hour, Thomas will celebrate the song repertoire, featuring works by Schubert, Mahler, Ives, and many others. Tune in and learn more about Hampson’s guest host hour via WQXR.
PENTATONE continues its American Opera Series with Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere recording of Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix (2019), an opera on the life of Lorenzo da Ponte, Mozart’s favorite librettist. Da Ponte (1749-1838) was an adventurer, who not only travelled the world, but in a way also through time, living across what seem to be impossible moments of history that never should have aligned in somebody’s life.
The documentary by C Major Entertainment “The Animated Story of Jenny Lind”, in which Thomas Hampson is the narrator, has won this year’s Golden Prague Fesitval’s Performing Arts Prize, one of the world’s most prestigious and acclaimed Performing Arts festival for TV and film, with opera, dance, concerts and documentaries from all over the world. It is also on the Shortlist of potential winners of the Prix Italia.
Thomas Hampson makes his Global Concert Hall debut next month, performing with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under the baton of its founder and musical director Martin Haselböck. The concert, filmed at the Brucknerhouse Linz in August 2020, will be streamed on IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 8 pm Berlin / 2 pm New York. The concert will be available to stream through October 22.
Thomas Hampson returns to the stage this month, with a concert at the Stiftskirche Millstatt, and two performances at the Salzkammergut Classic Festival. Beginning on August 2 in Millstatt, Hampson will perform lieder by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms with pianist Christian Koch, and the Carinthia Chor Millstatt will sing Carinthian songs under the direction of Bernhard Zlanabitnig.
For the first time ever, audiences around the world will have a special opportunity to watch the Canadian Opera Company’s 2018 world premiere production of Hadrian, in full, online. On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET, in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival, the COC is hosting a free, one-night-only digital stream of the modern grand opera. The Hadrian Watch Party helps kick off one week of virtual Pride events and will feature a live Q&A session with both the composer and celebrated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, a giant in Canadian theatre.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.