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 the stage this month, with a concert at the Stiftskirche Millstatt, and two performances at the Salzkammergut Classic Festival. Beginning on August 2 in Millstatt, Hampson will perform lieder by Gustav Mahler and Johannes Brahms with pianist Christian Koch, and the Carinthia Chor Millstatt will sing Carinthian songs under the direction of Bernhard Zlanabitnig.
For the first time ever, audiences around the world will have a special opportunity to watch the Canadian Opera Company’s 2018 world premiere production of Hadrian, in full, online. On Monday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. ET, in partnership with Montréal Pride Festival, the COC is hosting a free, one-night-only digital stream of the modern grand opera. The Hadrian Watch Party helps kick off one week of virtual Pride events and will feature a live Q&A session with both the composer and celebrated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright and librettist Daniel MacIvor, a giant in Canadian theatre.
The Gewandhausorchester will stream the best recordings from the 2018 and 2019 concerts of Leipzig’s largest classical event, the “Klassik airleben” on Saturday, June 27, at 20:00 via www.klassik-airleben.de. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the famous open-air concert at the picturesque Rosental was canceled this year.
On Friday, May 1, starting at 21:00 CET, the Teatro Maggio Musicale Fiorentino will stream an at-home concert featuring some of the world’s greatest opera stars. Live from their living rooms, the performance will feature Thomas Hampson, Cecilia Bartoli, Vittorio Grigolo, Mikhail Petrenko, Diana Damrau, Ludovic Tézier, Francesco Meli, Lisette Oropesa, Luca Salsi, Krassimira Stoyanova, Michele Pertusi, Eva Mei, Leo Nucci, Sonya Yoncheva, Fabio Sartori, and Saioa Hernández, among others who have yet to be announced.
The New York Philharmonic announced their new digital festival, Mahler’s New York, a two-week celebration of the composer/conductor who spent time in New York as the Philharmonic’s tenth Music Director (1909-11), running from April 16-30, 2020, at nyphil.org/mahlerny. During this period of global isolation and crisis, the NY Phil hopes all listeners will take comfort and inspiration in Mahler’s music and musings.
In this Beethoven-year, Thomas Hampson joins the Amsterdam Sinfonietta on tour to Moscow, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Together they bring a loving musical program, featuring Beethoven’s pining song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, and new arrangements of songs by Richard Strauss. In the past, Mr. Hampson has joined Amsterdam Sinfonietta on tour in Europe, including appearances in the major concert halls of Dublin, Madrid, Vienna, and Lisbon. He also recently teamed up with the ensemble to create the acclaimed ‘Tides of Life’ CD, released by Channel Classics in 2017.
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