“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
Thomas Hampson’s new educational initiative and tour, Song of America: Beyond Liberty, launches this August. This innovative multimedia performance premieres on August 19 in collaboration with the Glimmerglass Festival at the Alice Busch Opera Theater. Hampson, a lifelong champion of song who has dreamt of this project for the last 20 years, will guide audiences through centuries of stories using personal anecdotes, historical monologues, and readings of his favorite poetry, to share in celebrating America’s history of song.
Developed with stage director Francesca Zambello and writer Royce Vavrek, this tour will launch a meaningful and ongoing dialogue with communities, using music as a catalyst for change. Traveling to all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, Song of America: Beyond Liberty will share with audiences, students, and educators, the rich history of the influential people and events that helped shape and define “the land of the free.”
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Thomas Hampson joins the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and soprano Golda Schultz for Oper für alle on July 20 at the Marstallplatz. Part of the Münchner Opernfestspiele, the free open-air concert will be led by Maestro Kirill Petrenko, and broadcasted live via Staatsoper.tv.
Hampson and Ms. Schultz will perform duets from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Cole Porter’s Paris. Ms. Schultz will perform “I could have danced all night” from Frederick Loewes’ My Fair Lady, and Hampson will sing “Night and day” from Porter’s 1932 musical Gay Divorce, among other songs. The Bayerisches Staatsorchester will also perform Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and An American in Paris.
On July 11, Thomas Hampson joins Romanian soprano Elena Moșuc and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Nicolae Moldoveanu, for an evening of opera arias and duets at the Cankarjev dom. The program features works by Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini, Massenet and Verdi.
The Ljubljana Festival, rich in tradition, shapes the summer cultural events of the city with world-class art events.
On July 5, Thomas Hampson performs at the Granada Festival for the first time with the Orchestre de Paris led by Pablo Heras-Casado. As Director of the Granada Festival, Heras-Casado has dedicated the concert to the 150th anniversary of the epochal French composer, Hector Berlioz. Regarded as one of the premiere interpreters of Mahler’s songs, Hampson will perform selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Listen to the festival live via RTVE. For more information about the Granada Festival, click here.
On June 28 & 29, Thomas Hampson joins the Gewandhausorchester and soprano Kristine Opolais for two free Klassik airleben concerts in Leipzig. Under the baton of Andris Nelsons, Hampson and Ms. Opolais perform arias, duets and orchestral works from the Italian opera tradition. Following, on June 30, Hampson and Ms. Opolais reprise the program with Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, marking the final concert for Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester this season.
On June 23, Thomas Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger travel to Schwarzenberg to present an all-Mahler recital at the Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal. Hot on the heels of their recent Liederabend at the Opernhaus Zürich, together they will perform a program of selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and Kindertotenlieder.
WFMT’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series will broadcast a live performance featuring Thomas Hampson and the CSO, led by Bramwell Tovey, on June 30 at 8 PM (CT). Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the two-hour Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts include dynamic and innovative commentary, which takes the listener behind the scenes and into the music. The performance features a program of American songs and orchestral music by Ives, Copland, Still, and more. Learn more about the broadcast here.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.