“There is no finer advocate nor any living artist more committed to the cause of American song than the celebrated baritone from Elkhart, Indiana… Hampson brought tender sincerity and a striking freedom of phrasing and rubato to “Simple Gifts.” While he now has to artfully negotiate the high notes in “The Boatman’s Dance,” his hearty swagger was delightful, complete with drawled Yankee R’s. The singer’s storytelling qualities were manifest in a characterful take on “The Golden Willow Tree,” rendered with impressive agility”
“The eminent baritone Thomas Hampson was the featured soloist in the evening’s all-American opening, a superb choice considering that few singers have done more to champion art songs of this country. Better still, Hampson famously delivers this material with the polished tones one expects of European lieder but also with a distinctly American rhythmic lilt and cadence.
He proved the point in a suite of three of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” traditional tunes set to Copland’s original accompaniment. “Simple Gifts” stands as the most famous of these, thanks to its prominent appearance in Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” ballet score, but Hampson shed light on this familiar music. The sheer tenderness of his long-held notes, the crisp articulation of his every syllable and his subtly changing tonal shades brought new meanings to a universally known song.”
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.