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.

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