С одной стороны, Томас Хэмпсон в представлениях не нуждается. За свою более чем тридцатилетнюю карьеру он спел более полусотни важных оперных партий во всех ведущих театрах мира; выпустил десятки альбомов, на которых можно услышать и репертуар академических тяжеловесов, и номера из мюзиклов, и совсем неизвестный репертуар; поработал с величайшими дирижерами нашего времени – от Леонарда Бернстайна до Кристиана Тилемана, от Николауса Арнонкура до Кирилла Петренко; попал на хрестоматийные видеозаписи спектаклей таких легендарных режиссеров, как Жан-­Пьер Поннель, Джонатан Миллер, Люк Бонди, Вилли Деккер и Мартин Кушей.r

Song Of America: Beyond Liberty

“At the University of Arizona’s Centennial Hall on January 28, 2020, the Tucson Desert Song Festival presented Thomas Hampson, baritone, with Lara Downes, piano, and the Beyond Liberty Players.

Hampson sang Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer to Lara Downes’ piano tones augmented by violin, cello and clarinet, finishing with a particularly graceful high falsetto note. The singer then introduced the traditional Shenandoah, thought to concern a fur trader’s farewell to his Native American lover. He sang it with crisp diction and vocal colors that hinted at sadness, indicating the couple might never meet again. Hampson spoke of Arthur Farwell who composed songs based on Native American melodies in the early 20th century. He sang Farwell’s Song of the Deathless Voice with excellent breath control as his ensemble played with many-colored sounds.”

Broadway World

Arizona Daily Star: Hampson takes a journey into the soul of America for Tucson Desert Song Festival

Arizona Daily Star

Thomas Hampson’s resume reads like opera’s greatest hits:

He’s sung more than 80 operatic roles in major theaters from New York’s Met to the UK’s Covent Garden, recorded more than 170 albums that have garnered four Grammy nominations and a Grammy win and has performed in the world premieres of several new operas including Rufus Wainwright’s “Hadrian” in Canada and Tarik O’Regan’s “The Phoenix” with the Houston Grand Opera, both in the 2018-19 season.

But if you ask him, he will tell you one of his biggest professional thrills is singing American songs, works that borrow texts from great American poets including Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln.

Thomas Hampson: „Die Künste sind unser großes Tagebuch“

Berliner Morgenpost

Der Bariton trifft den richtigen Ton: So spricht Thomas Hampson stets von „den jungen Kollegen“. Schließlich sind sie, wenn auch nicht wie der US-amerikanische Sänger mehr als 40 Jahre im Geschäft der Oper und des Kunstlieds, doch teils bereits sehr gestandene Liedinterpreten, denen man über Gesangstechnik und Bühnenpräsenz nicht mehr viel erzählen muss.

180 Bewerber habe es für den nunmehr dritten Schubert-Workshop von Hampson im Boulezsaal gegeben – Platz ist für zwölf Teilnehmer. „Man sollte schon mal auf der Bühne gestanden und versucht haben, die Geschichte zu erzählen“, sagt Hampson in nahezu lupenreinem Deutsch.

Chicago Tribune: 10 most memorable classical music performances of 2019

Thomas Hampson with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 10 in Orchestra Hall

Anything the great baritone sings is well worth hearing, but his work in American song stands in a category by itself. On this occasion, Hampson brought forth the profundities of three of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” and conjured a range of color in John Corigliano’s “One Sweet Morning” and illuminated the poetry of Michael Daugherty’s “Letter to Mrs. Bixby” (a bittersweet setting of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous message to a grieving mother).

Upcoming archived broadcast on WFMT

On December 20, tune in to WFMT to listen to an archived broadcast of an American songs recital by Copland and Cole Porter with Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic.

Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera! – Coversando con la leggenda: Intervista a Thomas Hampson

Ieri, Oggi, Domani, Opera!

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Thomas Hampson non ha bisogno di presentazioni, è semplicemente uno dei più grandi artisti dei nostri tempi, e la sua grandezza di artista e di uomo viene fuori anche in questa intervista che abbiamo realizzato con lui durante la sua partecipazione alla produzione di Die ägyptische Helena al Teatro alla Scala…

Quando ha iniziato a cantare?

Ho cominciato più presto di quanto io ricordi, se stiamo parlando di esperienze basiche come cantare per la casa, in chiesa e in macchina…Il mio primo incontro ed esibizione con il canto lirico fu alla scuola superiore, e successivamente con la mia insegnante Suor Marietta Coyle al Forth Wright College, entrambe a Spokane, Washington.

La Nación – No se admiten tenores: coherencia musical, dominio escénico y soltura teatral

La Nación

No se admiten tenores / Recital de: Thomas Hampson, barítono, y Luca Pisaroni, bajo barítono, con Christian Koch, piano. Arias y dúos de Mozart y de Verdi y canciones de Stanislao Gastaldón, Franz Lehár, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Haydn Wood e Irving Berlin. Grandes Intérpretes Internacionales. Teatro Colón / Nuestra opinión: excelente.

No tenors allowed at Teatro Colón

“Con emoción a flor de piel impregnando cada instancia del programa, fue evidente que ambos artistas estaban saldando una vieja deuda con el primer coliseo argentino. El mas joven – Pisaroni, 44 – pisaba el escenario donde había soñado cantar desde su época de estudiante en Buenos Aires con Renato Sassola en 2002; el mas veterano – Hampson, 64 – había debutado en la capital argentina en la temporada 2007 en el Teatro Coliseo cuando el Colón se hallaba en remodelación. La inocultable alegría del italiano y la emoción del americano se combinaron en alquimia infalible premiada con el fervor del público.”

Miami Clásica

Deutschland Funk: Taktgefühl per Tutorial

Deutschland Funk

Listen to this interview with Jonas Zerweck, beginning 33:50 minutes into the audio (5:50 minutes remaining). The topics of discussion include the Manhattan School of Music, University of Michigan, Hampsong Foundation and Heidelberg Festival Akademie. The selection played is from “Gitanjali: No. 1, When I Bring to You Colour’d Toys” by John Alden Carpenter from Thomas Hampson’s Songs from Chicago album with pianist Kuang-Hao Huang on Cedille Records.

Forum Opéra: La voix ne fait pas le chanteur

“On se laisse en tout cas gagner par la présence et l’intensité de Thomas Hampson : on se surprend parfois à retenir son souffle, happés par ses paroles. […] Cette apnée passagère est en tout cas le signe que la beauté ne fait pas tout, et que le sens fait bien plus.

The presence and intensity of Thomas Hampson win us over: we are surprised to be holding our breath, caught by his words. […] This momentary apnea is in any case the sign that beauty isn’t everything, and that meaning achieves much more.”

Forum Opéra


Radio broadcast on Classical 91.5: Thomas Hampson brings “swagger” to American songs with the CSO, July 2019

Classical 91.5

The Chicago Classical Review stated, Hampson brings swagger, sensitivity to American songs with CSO.  You can hear what they were talking about on the July 4 broadcast.

7/4       Ives/Schumann: Variations on America Ives/Adams: At the River Copland: Simple Gifts,    The Boatmen’s Dance, The Golden Willow Tree from Old American Songs Still: In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy Damrosch:    Danny Deever Daugherty: Letter to Mrs. Bixby from Letters from Lincoln Corigliano: One Sweet Morning from One Sweet Morning Elgar: Enigma Variations Stravinsky: Suite from Pretrushka (Thomas Hampson, bar; Bramwell Tovey and Carlo Maria Giulini, cond)

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