On June 2, Thomas Hampson performs Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn on tour with the Gewandhausorchester, under the baton of Andris Nelsons, at the Symphony Hall in Osaka, Japan. Completing the program, Nelsons leads the ensemble in Tchaikovsky’s epic and energetic Fifth Symphony.
The inspiration for Des Knaben Wunderhorn was a three-volume collection of “folk songs” by that name published by Romantic poets Achim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano between 1805 and 1808, which enjoyed widespread popularity in the 19th century. Hampson made his Australian orchestral concert debut last year with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra singing Des Knaben Wunderhorn. The Sydney Morning Herald celebrated his performance:
“Mahler was never in safer hands than those of Thomas Hampson. This is a veteran musician who knows the exact meaning behind every word and every note – and probably what Gustav was doing the morning he wrote it. Nothing is overlooked. It’s a partnership that has borne innumerable iconic performances, and proven beneficial for both composer and singer.
Hampson’s knowledge of music history and composition is almost unmatched by any modern singer. This consummate comprehension allows him to create an intricately detailed performance of selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, the highlight of the evening … The big notes bloom and each consonant is caressed, each vowel smooth yet defined.”
Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni present their “No Tenors Allowed” concert at the Stiftskirche Millstatt this month. On August 18, accompanied by their longtime collaborator, pianist Christian Koch, the artists will perform arias from the operatic repertoire, Broadway musical hits, and classical and popular songs. In the 2019/20 season, Hampson and Pisaroni take their ebullient concert series to both Provo, Utah (October 1), and then to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (October 4).
Thomas Hampson joins the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, for the opening concert of the Turku Musical Festival on August 8, at the Turku Concert Hall. Hampson will perform selections from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Completing the program is Wagner’s Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Strauss’ epic tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra, as well as Saariaho’s Asteroid 4179: Toutatis, which is inspired by an asteroid named after a Celtic god worshipped in ancient Gaul and Britain.
On July 31, Thomas Hampson brings his Song of America: Beyond Liberty project to the Tanglewood Festival, featuring guest artist, pianist Lara Downes, and the Beyond Liberty Players. Together they bring the American songbook to Ozawa Hall and explore the influential people and monumental events that helped create and define America.
Marking the 26th edition, Thomas Hampson returns to the Verbier Festival this month for two exciting performances and several masterclasses with students from the Verbier Festival Academy.
Thomas Hampson joins the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and soprano Golda Schultz for Oper für alle on July 20 at the Marstallplatz. Part of the Münchner Opernfestspiele, the free open-air concert will be led by Maestro Kirill Petrenko, and broadcasted live via Staatsoper.tv.
On July 11, Thomas Hampson joins Romanian soprano Elena Moșuc and the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Nicolae Moldoveanu, for an evening of opera arias and duets at the Cankarjev dom. The program features works by Rossini, Donizetti, Mozart, Bellini, Massenet and Verdi.
The Ljubljana Festival, rich in tradition, shapes the summer cultural events of the city with world-class art events.
In song, you have one of the most amazing diaries of any generation’s culture at a given time.