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“The cast is exemplary, with the added frisson of legendary superstar baritone Thomas Hampson as Da Ponte. Who wouldn’t want him in their world premiere? He has a rogue’s presence, a pro’s assurance, and that molten voice that caresses and etches space. You immediately know you’re in the presence of someone special.”
“In the sprawling role of the elder Da Ponte — an almost-constant presence, between the framing scenes and the second half of the opera-within-an-opera — Hampson made the poet a dynamo. When Da Ponte addressed his theater audience and depicted his own U.S. life as a shopkeeper and standard-bearer for art, Hampson sang with spirit and an almost theatrical immediacy. In Da Ponte’s more introspective turns during the opera-within-an-opera, Hampson’s mellowness and lyricism helped bring out the music’s heart.”
“Baritone Thomas Hampson cuts a powerful, grizzled presence as the elderly Da Ponte, and he shades the rather simplistic character with deep poignancy and a resonant, burnished voice. His lullaby aria to his dying wife as he cradles her in his arms is devastatingly lyrical, and he infuses the rather egocentric character with a noble dignity, despite his scrupulous behavior.”
“Performing the role of Da Ponte as an older man, Hampson enlisted his mellifluous baritone and acting skill to project the self-assurance of a dramatic genius reflecting on his eventful life.”
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.
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