“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 travels to Vienna to sing Scarpia from Puccini’s Tosca at the Wiener Staatsoper. This timeless and classic production by Margarethe Wallmann features a star-studded cast including Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role and Piotr Beczala making his role debut as Cavaradossi. Marco Armiliato conducts.
Presented by the Celebrity Series of Boston, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni will perform their “No Tenors Allowed” concert on February 1 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Prior to this engagement, Mr. Hampson will work with voice students from Manhattan School of Music in a masterclass on January 30.
Expanding on the Schubert Weekend that took place in January 2018, Thomas Hampson returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal for Schubert Week, curated completely by Hampson himself. Kicking off the week will be an all-Schubert recital with Hampson and his longtime collaborator Wolfram Rieger, followed by workshops and a final concert presented to the public with singers from the Festival Akademie of the Heidelberger Frühling.
Thomas Hampson kicks off the new year returning to Illinois to perform a series of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and teach a masterclass at Northwestern’s Bienen School of Music. These engagements mark Mr. Hampson’s return to Chicago since the release of his debut album with Cedille Records, “Songs from Chicago”, an album featuring songs by early mid-twentieth-century composers from Chicago.
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.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.