March 6, 2014
I am very disappointed to have to cancel tonight’s performance of Wozzeck at the Met due to bronchitis. I hope to be better soon and look forward to singing this challenging genius opera. What great luck that my friend and colleague Matthias Goerne is in town and is willing to add tonight’s performance to his busy schedule. Wishing my wonderful colleagues, Maestro Levine, and the whole Wozzeck team and of course the audience a thrilling opening night. I will miss being there, be sure. – Thomas Hampson
Thomas Hampson Sings Title Role in Berg’s Wozzeck for First Time in Career at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (March 6–22)
January 24, 2014
“A searching interpreter, aware of the meaning and possible ambiguities of every phrase he sings.” – BBC Music magazine
Following an extensive European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thomas Hampson returns to the U.S. to make his role debut as the eponymous antihero of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, opening March 6 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In adding this new and emotionally wrenching role to his repertory, Hampson once again displays the “ceaseless curiosity” (New York Times) and “probing mind” (Financial Times) that have made him one of the most respected singers on the opera stage today. Hampson is joined in the new adventure by soprano Deborah Voigt, also making her role debut as Marie in Mark Lamos’s “arrestingly abstract” (New York Times) staging, and Met music director James Levine – one of the work’s most passionate advocates – on the podium. The production marks Hampson’s third Met role debut in as many seasons, following performances last year of Iago in Verdi’s Otello and in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth the previous season. The fifth and final performance of Wozzeck this season will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 22 in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on WQXR 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org.
Thomas Hampson Joins Amsterdam Sinfonietta for 12-Concert European Tour Featuring Two World Premieres (Jan 25 – Feb 9)
January 20, 2014
An evocative, poetry-inspired program of works by six composers will be the centerpiece of a six-country, 12-concert European Tour by Thomas Hampson and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal feature Hampson singing world-premiere performances of new arrangements by English composer David Matthews of Barber’s haunting Dover Beach and Brahms’s elegiac Vier Ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs), Wolf’s Italian Serenade as well as other orchestrations for string orchestra by Matthews of songs by Schubert and Wolf. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by concertmaster and artistic director Candida Thompson, will also perform Schönberg’s haunting, arch-Romantic Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).
Gramophone Names Decca’s New Recording of Simon Boccanegra an “Editor’s Choice”
January 14, 2014
Decca’s new recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, featuring Thomas Hampson in the title role, has been named one of the “Editor’s Choice” recordings in Gramophone’s January 2014 issue. The magazine praises the recording, captured live at Vienna’s famed Konzerthaus, for “performances that don’t just measure up to the recorded history but shine different kinds of light on the opera,” noting, “[Hampson] can emit a true Doge roar…his Lieder-like sense of detail reveals the role in three dimensions with great concision and no excessive fussing with the vocal line.” The Guardian observes, “[Hampson] brings his sharp intellectual focus to bear on the contrast between the private man and the public figure,” while BBC Music calls Hampson “a searching interpreter, aware of the meaning and possible ambiguities of every phrase he sings.”
Mathis der Maler
Premiere: 16. 06. 2012
Thomas Hampson spricht über sein Rollendebüt als Mathis der Maler.