Thomas Hampson makes his album debut with Cedille Records in “Songs from Chicago” featuring music by five composers from the early 20th century all associated with the city of Chicago, including Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. Available September 14, 2018.
This album was recorded with the extraordinary Kuang-Hao Huang, a pianist widely regarded for his collaborations with Chicago’s top singers and instrumentalists. “Songs from Chicago” includes compositions based on poems by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Hailed as an “ambassador of song” Thomas Hampson is a devotee of American art song and poetry. Through his Hampsong Foundation, which he founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
Read the album booklet here.
On May 26, Thomas Hampson joins the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin to sing Mahler’s lyrical Rückert Lieder. A champion of Mahler’s music, Hampson has described his song cycles as dialogues between the singer and orchestra or pianist, rather than just sung melody and accompaniment.
May 16 & 17 at the Herkulessaal in Munich, and on May 18 at the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg. Also on the program, Jansons will lead the orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, and Respighi’s Pini di Roma.
Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni talk to Brent Stevens at KHFM Classical Public Radio about their upcoming performance of “No Tenors Allowed” in Santa Fe.
The performance will be at 7:30 PM on May 2 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
This spring, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni bring their ‘No Tenors Allowed’ program to Toronto and Santa Fe. Beginning in Toronto at Koerner Hall on April 30, they will perform highlights from the operatic repertoire, greatest hits from Broadway musicals, and timeless classical and popular songs, accompanied by pianist Vlad Iftinca. Their second performance will take place on May 2 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe.
This month marks the world premiere of composer Tarik O’Regan’s The Phoenix, starring Thomas Hampson in his greatly anticipated debut and Luca Pisaroni at the Houston Grand Opera. This will be Hampson’s second world premiere of the 2018-19 season, previously starring in the title role of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company. Hampson and Pisaroni play the different ages of Lorenzo Da Ponte as a group of singing actors come together to create a stage adaptation about the colorful life of the scandalous librettist that created the stories of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and The Marriage of Figaro.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.