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“Thomas Hampson returns to his roots at Spokane’s Fox Theater”


The Spokesman-Review

Thomas Hampson, Eastern Washington’s homegrown international opera star, was the last person to perform at the Fox Theater in 2005 before it went dark and began extensive renovations. He returned in 2007 for the inaugural season of the restored facility, and again in 2009 to perform the world premiere of Michael Daugherty’s “Letters From Lincoln.”

Overtures & Arias with Thomas Hampson and the Spokane Symphony


This autumn, Thomas Hampson returns to his hometown of Spokane, Washington as the featured soloist in two concerts on November 4 & 5. The performances, conducted by Eckart Preu, highlight much loved arias and overtures from the operatic canon by Mozart, Wagner, Verdi & more, and will include the Spokane Symphony Chorale and EWU Symphonic Choir. There will also be a special Gala event on November 3 (now sold-out) celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Fox Theater restoration, with Mr. Hampson as a featured guest and performer. Proceeds from the evening will support the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.

Thomas Hampson presents a “Stunning experience” (Renversante expérience) at the Musée d’Orsay


“For Thomas Hampson, who sings the “Abschied” from Gustav Mahler’s Song of the Earth, there is never a moment of music quite like the others. It is the chance to hear and see a singer interpret, not only one of his favorite composers, but as a soul mate of the  composer, whose fine and meticulous study, a hundred times handed over the craft for more than 30 years, leads to an intimate understanding of each measure of each melody, which enlightens the listener without blinding him.”

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Enjoy this interview with Thomas Hampson – watch & listen to the complete video via Octave Magazine

Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger awarded the Hugo Wolf Medal


On October 1, Thomas Hampson and his longtime collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger, will receive the Hugo Wolf Medal at a special ceremony in Stuttgart. This marks the first time a duo has been honored with this award. Tune in at the following link for a livestream of the event, which also features a performance from acclaimed soprano Anja Harteros.

Delta: Thomas Hampson


Listen to the complete interview via Klassikaraadio.err.ee!

‘Die lustige Witwe’ (“The Merry Widow”) in Paris


Beginning the new season, Thomas Hampson returns to Opéra national de Paris to star as Graf Danilo Danilowitsch in Lehar’s ever-popular Die lustige Witwe (“The Merry Widow”). He sings the role September 9 – October 21, with a sparkling cast including Véronique Gens as Hanna Glawari, Valentina Naforniţa as Valencienne, and Stephen Costello as Camille de Rosillon. Conductors Jakub Hrůša and
Marius Stieghorst alternate performances, with a production staged by Jorge Lavelli.

Serenade – new album of Melodies Françaises


With “Serenade,” his first album exclusively dedicated to French song, Mr. Hampson brings his passion for works by French opera composers to the Pentatone label. Curated with the French Literature scholar Sylvain Fort and in a first collaboration with the Polish pianist Maciej Pikulski, the track listing includes romantic and introspective as well as humorous selections by Bizet, Chabrier, Chausson, Gounod, Magnard, Massenet, and Saint-Saëns, featuring texts written by some of France’s most revered writers including Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine, Rosemonde Gérard, and others.

For more information about this CD, visit Mr. Hampson’s discography.

This recording is available exclusively from Pentatone’s website.

Summer Gala Concerts in Europe


Thomas Hampson continues his summer season in Europe this month, as the featured soloist in two Gala Concerts in Germany. Mr. Hampson travels to Bremen to sing with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and conductor David Marlow at Knoops Park on August 11, part of the annual “Summer in Lesmona” Festival at the park. He follows this engagement with another Gala Festival Concert, this time with the Staatsorchester Hannover at the Staatsoper Hannover Opernhaus. The performance, hosted on August 19, features both Ivan Repušić and Mark Rohde leading from the podium, with a roster of more than 15 soloists from the company. Klaus Angermann hosts the evening, with proceeds benefitting the Staatsoper Hannover Foundation and its education programs. Works featured will preview the company’s upcoming 2017/18 season in arias, ensembles, and solo orchestral selections.

2017 ECHO Klassik Award for “Le Nozze di Figaro” on Deutsche Grammophon


The critically lauded Deutsche Grammophon release of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, starring Thomas Hampson in a “wondrous” and “moving” (Online-Merker) portrayal of Count Almaviva, has been honored as the 2017 ECHO Klassik Award-winner in the “Best Opera Recording” (works up to or through the 17th/18th century) category. The album features a phenomenal roster of talent, including Mr. Hampson’s son-in-law Luca Pisaroni in the title role and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, all conducted by Maestro Yannick Nezet-Seguin. The ECHO Klassik Awards Gala takes place on October 29 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; tickets and more info can be found at ECHOKlassik.de.

“La Traviata” now available on DVD


Naxos has released a DVD recording of Verdi’s La Traviata, with an all-star cast featuring Marina Rebeka as Violetta Valéry, Francesco Demuro as Alfredo Germont and Thomas Hampson as his father, Giorgio Germont. Canadian conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson is at the podium, leading the NDR Radiophilharmonie.

Verbier Festival – Masterclass schedule


Thomas Hampson returns to the Verbier Festival this month as a Verbier Academy Faculty member, presenting a series of Masterclasses. Focused on specific topics in singing, these Masterclasses will take place on July 21 & 22 (Opera) and July 23 & 24 (Lied/Art Song). The classes are open to the public – visit VerbierFestival.com for detailed programme information.

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