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.
On July 24, Hampson joins forces with violinist Daniel Hope, among others for a concert entitled “Berlin, 1938”, curated by Mr. Hope to chronicle the “fateful year” of 1938, as named by the Nazi regime. The program features music by Mendelssohn, Bach, Jurmann, Heymann, Eisler, Schulhoff, and more. Hampson will be joined by several distinguished musicians, notably pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet to perform classical and popular music as well as cabaret. The concert will be broadcasted via RTS Espace 2.
Mr. Hampson gives his first recital with piano at the Verbier Festival on July 27. Joined by his longtime collaborator, Wolfram Rieger, they will perform works by Hugo Wolf and Gustav Mahler, two prolific German composers who had a lot in common but followed very different careers and styles. In 2017, Hampson and Rieger received the Hugo Wolf Medal from the International Hugo Wolf Academy. The award recognizes their outstanding achievements in the art of song interpretation.
Masterclasses with Thomas Hampson include art song masterclasses on July 22 & July 23; a lyric workshop on July 25; and conclude with opera masterclasses on July 25 & July 26. To learn more about the Verbier Festival, click here.
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.