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.
Thomas Hampson returns to Teatro alla Scala for his greatly anticipated role debut as Altair in Strauss’ ravishing Die ägyptische Helena. Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s re-imagination of the Helen of Troy myth will feature a new production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf, with set design by Julian Crouch and costume design by Mark Bouman. This production marks the first time Die ägyptische Helena will be staged at La Scala. In 2017, Mr. Hampson made his operatic debut at the house as the title role of Don Giovanni, garnering praise for his “smooth, smart, deft, and ever-interesting” portrayal (The New Criterion).
This week, Thomas Hampson joins the Orchester Wiener Akademie to sing orchestral versions of selected Schubert songs arranged by Franz Liszt, Jacques Offenbach, Johannes Brahms, and Anton von Webern. Under the baton of Martin Haselböck, performances take place on October 9 at the Brucknerhaus Linz, part of the Brucknerfest, and on October 13 at the Musikverein, marking the ensemble’s first concert of the season at the Musikverein.
The award, including an endowment of €10,000, honours personalities committed to teaching classical music.
Thomas Hampson will be awarded the 2020 Heidelberger Frühling Music Award. The award, which includes an endowment of €10,000 and will be presented at the eponymous music festival, honours the American baritone star’s decades of commitment to the ‘Kunstlied’ (art song).
Performing together since 2010, Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni bring their “No Tenors Allowed” concert to Brigham Young University and to Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colón this fall. On October 1, Hampson and Pisaroni share the stage at the de Jong Concert Hall, performing selections from opera, including Donizettti’s Don Pasquale and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, along with Broadway show tunes and popular songs, with pianist Kevin Murphy.
From September 23 – 28, Thomas Hampson and Melanie Diener, worldwide acclaimed soprano from Waiblingen, teach – for the first time in 2019 – an opera workshop to the next generation of outstanding singers at the Bürgerzentrum Waiblingen. The first International Waiblingen Opera Workshop has chosen 13 singers from eight countries, including Germany, Spain, USA, Israel, Russia, Serbia, Korea, and China.
On September 13 & 17, Thomas Hampson performs at the first-ever Tsinandali Festival in Georgia. For the first concert, the extraordinary virtuoso pianist, Jan Lisiecki, joins Mr. Hampson for a recital including the Heine songs from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, and Schumann’s Dichterliebe. Schumann composed his Dichterliebe during a creative surge in 1840, also known as his “year of song,” where he produced more than 130 Lieder.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.