Thomas Hampson begins his 2019/20 season at the Wiener Staatsoper, starring as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. Hampson, who carries the title of Kammersänger of the Wiener Staatsoper, will share the stage with Irina Lungu as Violetta, and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts, with performances taking place on September 4, 7, & 10. A live stream of La Traviata will be available via the Wiener Staatsoper on Sunday, September 7, beginning at 17:30.
Highlights of Hampson’s 2019/20 season include his return to Teatro alla Scala as Altair in Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena (Nov 6, 9, 12, 15, 17, 20 & 23). At the Opernhaus Zürich, he takes on the role of Jan Vermeer in the world premiere of Stefan Wirth’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, based on the famous portrait study by the Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer (May 24, 28, & Jun 1, 7, 14, 17, 19).
Notable engagements on the concert stage include Schumann’s Dichterliebe with pianist Jan Lisiecki and a concert with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Tsinandali Festival (Sep 13 & 17); Schubert lieder with the Orchester Wiener Akademie at the Brucknerhaus Linz and Musikverein (Oct 9 & Oct 13); a recital with Wolfram Rieger and masterclass at Wigmore Hall (Dec 5 & 6); Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte on tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (Feb 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 & 21); and rising star soprano Angel Blue joins him in concert at Royal Opera House Muscat (March 12).
Thomas Hampson takes his “No Tenors Allowed” program to Provo, Utah, and then to the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with his son-in-law, bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni (Oct 1 & Oct 4), and he returns to Berlin’s Boulezsaal for his Schubert Week, starting off with a program of Schubert’s Winterreise with Wolfram Rieger (Jan 13, 17, 18). His “Song of America: Beyond Liberty” project continues this season with performances in Tuscon, and Seattle, with pianist Lara Downes (Jan 28 & Jan 31). For more information about Hampson’s season and dates, please visit his Calendar.
Photo: Jiyang Chen
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.
Thomas Hampson heads to the University of Michigan School of Music for his residency beginning on Sunday, February 2, with the “Song As Citizenship” Symposium in McIntosh Theatre. The free event will be led by Associate Dean Mark Clague, with panelists including Mr. Hampson, Lousie Toppin, Caroline Helton, Chrisie Finn, George Shirley, among others. The event explores the importance of music and song. Three SMTD vocalists will sing solo songs.
Thomas Hampson brings his “Song of America: Beyond Liberty” project to the Tucson Desert Song Festival and the Seattle Symphony this month, celebrating and exploring the influential people, poetry, and events that helped create and define “the land of the free.” Hampson will be accompanied by pianist Lara Downes and a diverse ensemble of exceptional musicians, the Beyond Liberty Players.
Thomas Hampson performs in a series of chamber music concerts, featuring pianist Yuja Wang and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer, at the Bürgenstock Winter Festival in Switzerland this month. Marking the 8th Bürgenstock Winter Festival, this edition focuses on traditions, legacies, and anniversaries. Following the festival’s new tradition, they also depart from the purely classical and explore tunes from the American songbook with Mr. Hampson.
Continuing a new tradition, Thomas Hampson’s annual Schubert Week returns to the Pierre Boulez Saal this month. Hampson will open his curated week-long festival with a performance on January 13 of Winterreise, Schubert’s most celebrated song cycle, for which his longtime piano partner Wolfram Rieger joins him. Over six days, established as well as rising artists will take the stage, and Hampson will lead public workshops with students from the Lied Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival.
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.
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