Complete New Recording of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” Can Be Streamed This Week at NPR Music
November 11, 2013
As Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday approaches — he was born on November 22, 2013 — NPR Music is marking the occasion by offering free streaming of Warner Classics’ soon-to-be-issued new recording of the composer’s “War Requiem.” An undisputed 20th-century masterpiece, the work is a harrowing anti-war statement that never loses its visceral and emotional impact. Thomas Hampson is joined on the recording by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Ian Bostridge, with Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academia Nazionalle di Santa Cecilia. NPR calls it, “A stunning performance…[that] makes clear just how much Britten’s music continues to mean to audiences and artists alike.” Streaming is available here: http://n.pr/1eDSoME
Thomas Hampson stars in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new “Parsifal” (November 9–29)
November 6, 2013
November sees Thomas Hampson – a recent inductee into the Gramophone Hall of Fame – return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to help celebrate the Wagner bicentennial, singing Amfortas in the company’s new production of Parsifal (Nov 9–29). Wagner’s conflicted ruler is one of the baritone’s signature roles, and earlier this month he joined Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony for a concert rendition of the opera’s final act. The results, according to the Washington Times, were a “revelation.” Awarding the concert full marks, the review singled out Hampson’s performance as “genuinely electrifying, yet moving at the same time.” Similarly, while impressed by the concert as a whole, the Washington Post nonetheless felt that “it was Thomas Hampson’s Amfortas who showed everyone how it is done. … He effectively carried the end of the evening.” The Washington Times spoke for many in concluding: “We can confidently assure Lyric Opera patrons that their Amfortas will not disappoint.”
Thomas Hampson Sings Britten’s War Requiem on New Warner Classics Release
October 29, 2013
In celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centennial, Thomas Hampson can be heard alongside Anna Netrebko and Ian Bostridge in a new recording of the composer’s War Requiem. Available on Warner Classics, the album pays tribute to a key figure and landmark work of the 20th century. The soloists are joined by the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academia Nazionalle di Santa Cecilia under the baton of their Music Director Antonio Pappano. This recording of the work — a full-length setting of the Requiem Mass interspersed with the poetry of Wilfred Owen and traditional Latin texts — reprises the same ensemble’s acclaimed account of the piece at the 2013 Salzburg Festival. The two-CD set is available here.
Hampson Returns to US for Wagner Performances in Washington, D.C., and Chicago
October 2, 2013
For his first US performances of the new season, Thomas Hampson returns to a Wagner role that he is closely associated with: Amfortas, the wounded ruler of the Grail kingdom in Parsifal. Hampson joins Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra for a concert version of the opera’s transcendent final act at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (Oct 10–12). Soon after, he performs the role in its entirety at Lyric Opera of Chicago, which is staging Wagner’s final masterpiece in a new production directed by John Caird and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis (Nov 9 – 29). Last season at Lyric, Hampson sang the title role in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra to great acclaim. He recently sang the role at London’s Royal Opera House and at the Vienna State Opera, and can be heard singing it on a new recording from the Decca label.
Mathis der Maler
Premiere: 16. 06. 2012
Thomas Hampson spricht über sein Rollendebüt als Mathis der Maler.