Concert with the Buffalo Philharmonic

“It’s rare in Buffalo to see a master singer, a real star, show what he can do. Hampson is an enchanting performer. When he sings, he steps into a dream.”

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Thomas Hampson Sings ‘Songs From Chicago’ On New Cedille Records Album

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone and a champion of the art of classic song, makes his Cedille Records debut with an album of songs by early mid-twentieth-century composers from Chicago.

On Songs from Chicago, available September 14, 2018, Hampson sings settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore composed by Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton (Cedille Records CDR 90000 180).

All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history as great voices of the artistic American narrative.”

Take 5: Thomas Hampson

This edition of Take 5 features renowned American baritone Thomas HampsonSongs from Chicago, his debut album on Cedille, is a program of songs by five composers of the early 20th century associated with the city of Chicago: Ernst Bacon, Florence Price, John Alden Carpenter, Margaret Bonds, and Louis Campbell-Tipton. All of them, Hampson says, “have distinguished themselves in history as great voices of the artistic American narrative.” The poetry used in these songs is equally distinguished and includes poem by Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, and Rabindranath Tagore, the Bengali poet who became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. Songs from Chicago is available September 14, 2018.

Times Union: Tunes that have a national appeal

The European masters Schubert, Mahler, and Wolf figure heavily in most every season of concerts by the top baritone Thomas Hampson. In a typical year he travels the globe giving song recitals and performing with big orchestras and major opera companies. But Hampson doesn’t neglect the music of his homeland. An increasing part of his repertoire is devoted to American songs, from the 1700s to contemporary times.

Thomas Hampson receives the ORF III Media Prize

Thomas Hampson has been awarded the ORF III Media Prize at the Austrian Music Theater Awards for his cultural merit.

SWR2 Music Lesson with Thomas Hampson: Speaking Baritone

Thomas Hampson talks about his Hampsong Foundation and his passion for art song with Ines Pasz at SWR2.

J-Wire: An Evening with Thomas Hampson and the MSO

Ron Jontof-Hutter – J-Wire

“The highlight of the evening was without doubt Thomas Hampson singing Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, (Songs of a wayfaring Journeyman.) The text, written by Mahler is autobiographical, depicting his journey from place to place as a young conductor gaining experience.

Classic Melbourne: Interview with Thomas Hampson

It’s hard to know where to start with Thomas Hampson. The American baritone is enjoying a remarkably diverse career traversing through Wagner, Handel, Copeland, Léhar, Irving Berlin and so many more.

He’s in Australia for first time to share his passion for Mahler and American song in recitals at Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney Opera House and concerts with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall and Geelong’s Costa Hall. He’s also giving a masterclass for young male singers in Melbourne.

He proved to be a thoughtful, passionate and good-humoured companion for a chat about music over a green tea.

Australian debut reviews: “The George Clooney of opera is a class act”

“Mahler was never in safer hands than those of Thomas Hampson. This is a veteran musician who knows the exact meaning behind every word and every note – and probably what Gustav was doing the morning he wrote it.

Nothing is overlooked. It’s a partnership that has borne innumerable iconic performances, and proven beneficial for both composer and singer.”

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Australian – Thomas Hamp­son: ‘I don’t see what I do as high-level distraction’

It must be 30 years since I first ­became aware of Thomas Hamp­son, arguably the most famous lyric baritone in the world and the man about to sing Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. With ­Leonard Bernstein as an early mentor, he was a youthful Don ­Giovanni, he recorded every Mahler song amenable to the male voice and he did crossover recordings of Broadway musicals. According to the great German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, he was the finest singer in Europe.


Когда видишь перед собой живого человека, трудно назвать его великим. Как будто бы такие титулы дают не люди, а время. Но Томас Хэмпсон вправду великий певец. Не только по обилию ролей, широкому концертному репертуару или бесчисленным наградам. Просто потому что он выходит на сцену — и все вокруг освещается. А когда сидит рядом с тобой, трудно сосредоточиться и быть организованным.

В Хэмпсоне таится великая артистическая тайна. Всякий раз, слушая и видя его на Зальцбургском фестивале, я поражался тому, какие в нем неограниченные художнические возможности. В Москве на концерте поразила опять прежде всего харизма 63-летнего певца, который переходит из стиля в стиль, из одного времени в другое, как будто при помощи волшебной палочки.


“Разносторонний интеллектуал, почётный профессор философского факультета и почётный доктор наук, певец, для которого поэтический смысл текста не менее важен, чем музыка, Томас Хэмпсон для своего московского публичного концертного дебюта (его первый приезд в столицу состоялся в 2009, но услышали знаменитого баритона тогда только на закрытом вечере в посольстве США) мудро выбрал сугубо американскую программу.”

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