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.
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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.
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