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.
“People talk about Mahler’s life and say he had a ‘brush with death’ in 1901. But I don’t think anything ‘brushed’ Mahler: it either went completely inside his DNA or it didn’t exist for him. So that year when he almost died, he wrote all of the Rückert songs and three of the five Kindertotenlieder. Those songs aren’t about eulogizing dead children, but about synthesizing the external world with Mahler’s internal world.” (The Guardian)
Vladimir Jurowski conducts the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, and Gondwana Voices, the National Youth Choir of Australia. Completing the program is Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 and Brett Dean’s Vexations and Devotions, for children’s choir, mixed choir, and orchestra. Hampson has recorded Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, released by Deutsche Grammophon. Purchase links and more information available via his Recordings.
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.
Thomas Hampson returns to the Opernhaus Zürich for a Liederabend with pianist Wolfram Rieger on June 19. Hampson will perform selected songs by Mahler, H.T. Burleigh, Margaret Bonds, Jean Berger, and Leonard Bernstein. He also sings Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, dedicated to Mr. Hampson, who first premiered the work in 2015 with Wolfram Rieger. Next season, Hampson returns to the Opernhaus Zürich to take on the role of Jan Vermeer in the world premiere of Stefan Wirth’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
On June 7, Thomas Hampson opens the Whitsun Festival with his superstar colleagues, soprano Nadine Sierra, and tenor Michael Fabiano, in a concert entitled “American Night,” at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Hampson has long championed the American song, with the help of his “Song of America” project, which aims to explore connections between poetry and music, and history and culture, through the work of American composers and poets.
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Canadian Opera Company’s world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian has been nominated in seven categories for the 40th Anniversary Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Additionally, Hampson has been nominated in the “Outstanding Performance of an Individual” category for his performance in the title role. The Dora Mavor Moore Awards recognizes excellence in professional theatre, dance, and opera in Toronto.
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