Career Timeline

Chronology of Career Highlights

2016 March
Extensive tour throughout Asia, featuring performances in China and South Korea

2016 January
Creates the role of Roald Amundsen in world premiere of South Pole at the Bayerische Staatsoper

2015 December
Hampsong Foundation – ‘Song of America’ In the Classroom: A Live-streamed Media Event in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago

2015 October
European tour with percussionist Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet Ensemble, featuring works by Crumb, Grubinger, Corigliano, Ives, and tributes to Sting and Frank Sinatra

2015 May
Critically acclaimed portrayal of the title role in a new production of Chausson’s rarely performed Le roi Arthus for the Opéra de Paris

2015 April
“Song: Mirror of the World” Radio Series released in the U.S.

2015 March
“Thomas Hampson: Autograph” album boxed-set collection released internationally by Warner Classics

2015 February
Carnegie Hall Recital, featuring world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, written for Mr. Hampson and commissioned by Carnegie Hall

2015 January
Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory

2014 October
Returns to San Francisco Opera to star as Count Anckarstrom in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera

2014 July
Recital in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress titled Poets and Patriotism: The 200th Birthday of the Star-Spangled Banner

2014 January-February
European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, featuring works by Schönberg, Brahms, Barber and Wolf

2013 August
Stars as Rodrigo in new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo at the Salzburg Festival with live webcast via

2013 June
Hampson headlines Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at London’s Royal Opera House

2013 May
Inducted into Gramophone Hall of Fame

2013 April
World premiere of Mark Adamo’s Aristotle in performance with the Jupiter String Quartet

Performances & Decca recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra in Vienna

2013 February
European tour with the Wiener Virtuosen

2012 October
Officially inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2012 August
Long-awaited return to the Santa Fe Opera, as Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca

2012 July
World premiere of Sylvia Bodorová’s orchestral song cycle Linqua Angelorum with the Prague Symphony Orchestra

2012 April
Livestream of concert performance with bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, and conductor Massimo Zanetti

CNN International “Fusion Journeys” Feature – Thomas Hampson meets and sings with Ladysmith Black Mambazo in South Africa

2012 February
Performs at groundbreaking of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, with President Obama in attendance

2012 January
‘Song of America’ U.S. Tour

2011 November
Installment in Met Mastersingers series

2011 October
Role debut as Iago in Verdi’s Otello at Zurich Opera

2011 September
Creates role of Rick Rescorla in world premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’ Heart of a Soldier at San Francisco Opera

The Hampsong Foundation’s “Song of America” Radio Series launches across the U.S.

2011 July
Named ECHO Klassik Singer of the Year

2011 March
Inauguration of the first Heidelberg Lied Academy

2010 December
New recording of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn on Deutsche Grammophon

2010 October
Hampson honored with The Library of Congress “Living Legend” Award

2010 March
Spearheads the first live video streaming of a classical music event in an iPhone/iTouch app with a master class on Mahler songs given through Manhattan School of Music’s Distance Learning Program

2009 November
Launches, an interactive database allowing lovers of song to explore American history and culture “through the ears of our composers and the eyes of our poets” funded by the Hampsong Foundation

2009-2010 September-May
Serves as the New York Philharmonic’s first Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence, as well as Leonard Bernstein Scholar; performs three programs with the orchestra, including the world premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s “Songs from Solomon’s Garden” and Alexander Zemlinsky’s “Lyrische Symphonie,” goes on tour in Europe under the Philharmonic’s new music director, Alan Gilbert, gives a recital in Alice Tully Hall, and presents three lectures entitled “Listening to Thought” in the orchestra’s “Insight” series

2009-2010 July-February
Continues “Song of America” project with 13 US recitals

2009 July
Releases the first self-produced album, “Wondrous Free – Song of America II,” on Thomas Hampson Media

2009 May
Recital at the US Supreme Court

2009 March
Debuts as Scarpia in Robert Carsen’s production of Tosca at the Opernhaus Zurich

2009 February
Performs the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s “Letters From Lincoln,” commissioned in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, with the Spokane Symphony

2008 December
Sings the role of Athanael in Massenet’s “Thais” opposite Renée Fleming in the Metropolitan Opera’s live HD transmission

2008 September
Sings on the gala opening nights of the Metropolitan Opera, broadcast live in HD worldwide, and Carnegie Hall, broadcast nationally on PBS

2008 June 
Establishes his own label, Thomas Hampson Media (THM), and partners with iTunes for a digital-only re-release of four records including Haydn, Mozart and Schubert arias with Concentus Musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Schumann Kerner and Andersen Lieder with Geoffrey Parsons, and two volumes of “Wunderhorn” songs by various composers.

2007 February-March
Sings the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Metropolitan Opera

Board Member of the Manhattan School of Music

2006 December
Launch of new websites and

2006 December
Sings role of Mandryka in new production of Strauss’s Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper, with Sven-Eric Bechtolf directing and Franz Welser-Möst conducting

2006 September
Performs title role in new production of Busoni’s Doktor Faust at Zurich opera

2006 August
Sings Don Giovanni at the Salzburg Festival’s “Mozart 22” cycle, commemorating the composer’s 250th birthday; recorded for DVD release

2006 June
Gives master class on the interpretation of Mahler songs for singers and orchestra musicians at the Orchesterakademie of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, recorded for TV broadcast and DVD/online release

2006 March–April
Heidelberger Frühling Festival: serves as artistic director of a week of concerts, masterclasses and a symposion, co-produced by the HAMPSONG Foundation, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Des Knaben Wunderhorn and initiating a long-term collaboration between the HAMPSONG Foundation and the Heidelberger Frühling; the concerts and master classes are recorded for TV broadcast and DVD/online release

2006 February
Sings the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth at London’s Royal Opera House

2006 January
Performs in gala concert on Mozart’s 250th birthday at the Salzburg Mozart Week

2005 November
Inauguration of the Library of Congress’s “Song of America” project, including a 12-city recital tour presented in collaboration with the HAMPSONG Foundation; the concert tour runs through summer 2006

2005 November
Performs in the Wiener Staatsoper’s 50th anniversary gala concert

2005 August
Sings Giorgio Germont in La traviata at the Salzburg Festival opposite Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón, including live TV broadcast and CD/DVD recording

2005, June 28
Thomas Hampson’s 50th birthday

2005 April
Role debut as Renato in Un ballo in maschera at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, with Karita Mattila as Amelia and Antonio Pappano conducting

2005 February
Presents “carte blanche” series at the Vienna Konzerthaus with recitals and a symposion on “I Hear America Singing” (February) and Mahler songs (June)

2005 February
Launch of the new interactive website including a fully integrated program archive, discography, audio samples; information on artists and composers, news, as well as a calendar of events

2004 October
Sings the title role in Mozart’s Don Giovanni on the Japan tour of the Wiener Staatsoper with Edita Gruberova, Michael Schade, and Angelika Kirchschlager, Seiji Ozawa conducting

2004 November-December
Sings Wolfram in the Otto Schenk production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Metropolitan Opera; Peter Seiffert sings Tannhäuser with Mark Elder conducting

2004 March
Sings the title role in Marthe Keller’s production of Don Giovanni at the Metropolitan Opera in New York

2004 December
Launch of a series of collaborative educational programs between the Library of Congress and the Hampsong Foundation for the promotion of the art song in America

2004 August
Antonín Dvorák Project at the Salzburg Festival with Barbara Bonney, Michelle Breedt, Georg Zeppenfeld, and Wolfram Rieger, artistic concept by Thomas Hampson

2004 August
Sings Amfortas in the Parsifal production of Nikolaus Lehnhoff at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with Kent Nagano conducting

2003 October
Sings Friedrich Cerha’s Baal-Gesänge with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta at the Wiener Musikverein

2003 August
Hugo Wolf Project at the Salzburg Festival with Barbara Bonney, Angelika Kirchschlager, Michael Schade, Georg Zeppenfeld, and Wolfram Rieger, artistic concept by Thomas Hampson

2002 October
Debut in the title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra at the Wiener Staatsoper with Daniele Gatti conducting and Peter Stein directing

2002 October
Sings the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sechs Gedichte von Friedrich Nietzsche in Köln

2002 June
Sings the title role in the world premiere of Friedrich Cerha’s opera Der Riese vom Steinfeld, libretto by Peter Turrini

2002 July-August
Sings the title role in the new production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni under Nikolaus Harnoncourt with Martin Kusej directing at the Salzburg Festival

2002 December
Role debut as Athanael in Massenet’s Thaïs at the Lyric Opera of Chicago with Renée Fleming in the title role and John Cox directing

2002 April
Role debut as Mandryka in Richard Strauss’s Arabella at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with Karita Mattila in the title role

2001 September-October
Sings Eugene Onegin under Vladimir Jurowski at the Metropolitan Opera in New York

2001 November-December
Sings Macbeth at the Opernhaus Zurich under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst

2001 March-June
Recitals in Europe and the US

2001 July-August
Salzburg Festival: sings Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo and recitals of “The Hampson Project” featuring songs by American composers on texts by American writers

2001 February
Sings Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal at the Opéra National de Paris and the Royal Opera House in London (December)

2000 March
Sings at the Centennial Celebration for Elinor Remick Warren at the National Cathedral Washington, DC

Member of the Artistic Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors

1999 July
Role debut as Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser at the Opernhaus Zurich

1999 January
Sings the title role in the baritone version of Massenet’s Werther at the Metropolitan Opera with Susan Graham as Charlotte

1999 August
Role debut in Busoni’s Doktor Faust at the Salzburg Festival

1999 April
Performs with soprano Renée Fleming in a gala concert at The White House for attendees of the International Summit

1998 October-November
Debut in the title role of Rossini’s last opera Guillaume Tell at the Wiener Staastoper

1998 July-August
Sings title role in the rarely performed opera King Roger by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski in Birmingham and at the Salzburg Festival

1998 January
Sings in the world premiere of Richard Danielpour’s Elegies for mezzo-soprano (Frederica von Stade), baritone, and orchestra in Jacksonville, Florida, reprising the cycle at Carnegie Hall

1998 February
Joins forces with Jerry Hadley, Cheryl Studer, and Craig Rutenberg to perform I Hear America Singing, another gala concert of American Song, at the Barbican Centre, London

1997 September
Inaugurates Carte Blanche Series at Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw

1997 October
Role debut as Antonio in Donizetti’s rarely performed Linda di Chamounix at the Wiener Staatsoper

1997 October
First webcast of Schubert’s Winterreise, aired by N2K & WQXR

1997 November
Series of performances of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem and songs by Schumann and Schubert with Wolfgang Sawallisch in Tokyo

1997 May
Sings role of Froila in Schubert’s rarely-heard opera Alfonso und Estrella at Theater an der Wien under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt

1997 May
Sings title role in the four-act version of Britten’s Billy Budd with the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester, Kent Nagano conducting

1997 March
Launch of own official Web site

1997 January
EMI Artist of the Year

1997 January
Role debut as Bellini’s Riccardo in the Metropolitan Opera’s I Puritani

1997 January
First telecast on Great Performances (WNET/13) of program on American song in its cultural context for which he served as artistic director, creative consultant, as well as performing artist, “Thomas Hampson: I Hear America Singing”; release of home video and launch of accompanying Web Site

1997 February
Debuts in series of performances of Schubert’s Winterreise in Philadelphia, Princeton, and Carnegie Hall

1997 December
New York debut as Posa in the Italian version of Verdi’s Don Carlo

1997 August
Participates in first online webcast, sponsored by N2K’s Classical Insites, of Whitman album “To the Soul”

1997 April
Stage debut as Eugene Onegin in a Russian-language production of Tchaikovsky’s opera at the Wiener Staatsoper

1996 June
Inducted as a member of the Royal Academy of Music, London

1996 July
Serves as Artistic Director and Producer of a concert and film project on the life and music of Stephen Foster, broadcast by Hessischer Rundfunk / arte

1996 January
Performs a program of Ives songs with Dawn Upshaw and Craig Rutenberg as part of a BBC’s Ives Festival weekend

1996 January
Serves as the Artistic Director of and performs at a gala benefit of American song for WNET/13; the concert is taped as part of a project for television, CD, video and CD-ROM

1996 February
Sings Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlos in the original French version at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in a production by Luc Bondy, reprised in June at London’s Covent Garden

1996 February
Invited by President and Mrs. Clinton to perform a program of French and American song at a State Dinner in honor of President and Mrs. Chirac

1995 October
Debuts in the Hindemith Requiem with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia

1995 May
Performs all of Gustav Mahler’s songs in their new critical edition for voice and piano at the Mahler Festival in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

1995 May
Debuts in Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in Rome with Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting

1995 March
Performs in “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast with Kathleen Battle

1995 June
Recitals in Salzburg, Munich, Vienna, Zurich, and Regensburg, performances of Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Vienna, Munich, and Zurich

1995 February
Debuts in Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde at Carnegie Hall under the baton of James Levine

1995 February
Cannes Classical Music Award for 1994 Singer of the Year and German critics Echo Preis for Best Male Singer 1994, these awards crowning a series of ten prestigious recording and critical honors for that season

1995 April
Sings Das Lied von der Erde under the baton of Bernard Haitink at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg on Easter Sunday

1994 September
Sings leading role of Vicomte de Valmont in the world premiere of Conrad Susa and Philip Littell’s opera The Dangerous Liaisons at the San Francisco Opera

1994 October-November
Debut in Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Robert Shaw

1994 October
World premiere recording of Schumann’s 20 Lieder und Gesänge aus dem Lyrischen Intermezzo im Buch der Lieder von Heinrich Heine (original version of Dichterliebe), based on his and Renate Stark-Voit’s research for the critical edition; Wolfgang Sawallisch at the piano

1994 July
Opens the Mostly Mozart Festival with a program of arias telecast live from Lincoln Center

1994 January through May
Embarks on a 21-city European and North American tour which features solo recital debuts in Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna, London, Paris, Washington, D.C., Iowa City, Fort Worth, Quebec, and Carmel

1994 January
Named Male Singer of the Year by the International Classical Music Awards

1994 January
Debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra with a program of Mahler and Copland, Christoph Eschenbach conducting

1994 August
Solo recital of Barber and Mahler songs at the Salzburg Festival

1993 September
Sings title role in Zurich opera’s production of Hans Werner Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg

1993 October
Collaborates on and funds the publication of a new critical edition of Mahler songs by Universal Edition, Vienna; release of recording of this edition on the Teldec label with Geoffrey Parsons

1993 November
Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Music from Whitworth College, Spokane, WA

1993 November
North American Tour features solo recital debuts in St. Paul, Ann Arbor, Omaha, Kansas City, and Toronto

1993 May
Role debut as Posa in Verdi’s Don Carlo in Zurich

1993 January
Role debut as title character of Thomas’s Hamlet in Monte Carlo, subsequently recording the part

1993 February
Debut at Covent Garden in Il barbiere di Siviglia

1993 December
Debut as Chorèbe in Berlioz’s Les Troyens at the Metropolitan Opera under James Levine

1993 August
Recital, concert and master class at Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, Massachusetts

1993 August
Edinburgh Festival recital debut in a live-recorded program, which includes Schumann’s Dichterliebe and German songs to Robert Burns texts

1992 September
Opens Chicago Symphony season singing in Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem under Daniel Barenboim

1992 October
Sings world premiere in Geneva of Schumann’s 20 Lieder und Gesänge aus dem Lyrischen Intermezzo, after having conducted research into the original version of the song cycle (later altered and published as Dichterliebe)

1992 November
Carnegie Hall recital debut with Schumann’s 20 Lieder und Gesänge aus dem Lyrischen Intermezzo and rarely-heard Walt Whitman songs, after conducting research into settings of the American poet in honor of his centennial

1992 June
Sings Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro at Florence’s Maggio Musicale, Zubin Mehta conducting

1992 February
Performs at the Rossini 200th Birthday Gala at Avery Fisher Hall in New York

1992 April
Debut in title role of Britten’s Billy Budd at the Metropolitan Opera with Sir Charles Mackerras conducting

1991 September
Opens New York Philharmonic season in a “Live from Lincoln Center” telecast, singing Copland’s Old American Songs under the baton of Kurt Masur; opens London Philharmonic season singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen under Klaus Tennstedt

1991 September
Sings in the 25th Anniversary Gala of James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, recorded live for video and CD

1990 November
Debut at San Francisco Opera in title role of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

1990 February–March
Performs Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with Leonard Bernstein and the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Musikverein; debuts at Carnegie Hall with the two Mahler cycles under Bernstein

Releases first solo recital album on Teldec with songs on texts from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, which wins numerous international awards

1989 November
Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as Don Giovanni

1989 April
Solo recital debut at Teatro alla Scala, Milan

1988 May
Sings role of Roland in Schubert’s rarely-performed Fierrabras in Vienna

1988 June
Sings Marcello in Leonard Bernstein’s recording of La Bohème; begins series of performances and recordings of Mahler songs with Bernstein

1988 July
Salzburg Festival debut as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro under James Levine

1988 February
Recital debut at New York’s Alice Tully Hall

1987 November
Debuts in the Harnoncourt-Ponnelle production of Don Giovanni in Zurich

1986 September
Debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with James Levine conducting

1986 March
Recital debut in New York’s Town Hall

1986 March
Wiener Staatsoper debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte

1984 November
Recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall under auspices of Schwarzkopf-Legge Foundation

Performs in Bach’s St. John Passion under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper for Bach’s 300th birthday celebration

Starts engagement as principal lyric baritone with varied repertory including several Harnoncourt-Ponnelle productions at the Zurich opera

1982 June
Sings Guglielmo in St. Louis Opera’s Così fan tutte, directed by Jonathan Miller, conducted by Calvin Simmons

Debuts in Köln, Hamburg, Munich and Santa Fe

1982 Fall
Sings title role in Hans Werner Henze’s Der Prinz von Homburg in Darmstadt, Germany

Member of the ensemble of Düsseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein

1981 Spring
Debuts as Marcello in La Bohème; wins Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York

1980 Fall
Auditions in Europe; awarded contract for following season at Düsseldorf opera

Meets Horst Günter, who remains to this day his mentor

Sings La Bohème with Spokane Symphony, Don Thulean conductor

Wins Fuchs, Zachary Competitions; second place in San Francisco Opera Merola Auditions; enrolls in Merola program and studies with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

1978–1979 Summers
Studies at Music Academy of the West with Gwendolyn Koldowsky and Martial Singher

Operatic debut in local production of Hänsel und Gretel with Spokane Symphony under the baton of Don Thulean

1955, June 28
Born in Elkhart, Indiana; raised and educated in Spokane, Washington; receives B.A. in Government from Eastern Washington University, Cheney and B.F.A. in Voice Performance from Fort Wright College, studying with Sr. Marietta Coyle