THOMAS HAMPSON Autograph - available on Warner Classics. Encompassing opera, operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals, this special collection – Thomas Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – showcases his remarkable versatility and highlights some of his greatest operatic roles.
NOTTURNO. "This may be one of the finest recordings in the extensive discography of Thomas Hampson, and anyone with even a passing interest in Strauss's songs should consider adding this to their collection, no matter what other treasures might already be there." - Fanfare
Thomas Hampson - Liebst du um Schönheit. Gespräche mit Clemens Prokop. Erhältlich im Henschel Verlag.
SIMON BOCCANEGRA - available now.
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Thinkers and Doers: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Hampsong Foundation Teacher Workshop with University Musical Society
September 19, 2015
On December 5, Thomas Hampson joins Mark Clague, Susan Key, and Dan Tolly for a Teacher Workshop on campus at the University of Michigan School of Music. This full-day event is in partnership with The Hampsong Foundation and the University Musical Society. The UMS was recently honored with the 2014 National Medal of Arts, recognizing its contribution to the excellence and availability of arts learning and programming in the US.
Activities for the day include sessions exploring content and pedagogy, a conversation with Mr. Hampson about his passion for storytelling through art song, and a performance featuring songs related to the material covered in the workshop. The event content and activities are ideal for teachers of Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, visit UMS.org.
Recitals and Concerts across Europe and the U.S.
August 24, 2015
Thomas Hampson joins pianist Wolfram Rieger for a recital at Millstatt’s Musikwochen on August 30. The programme features lieder by Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, and Strauss; please note that tickets are extremely limited for this performance. Mr. Hampson then travels to Belgium on September 15 for the Ghent Festival of Flanders, for a Gala Night Concert with the National Orchestra. This event highlights favored arias and song from Hampson’s career, including selections from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Don Carlo, and popular pieces by Cole Porter. Soprano Jodie Devos joins Mr. Hampson for this concert, led by Maestro Sascha Goetzel.
‘Hampson brings power and eloquence to German lied and American song at Ravinia’
July 29, 2015
“No living opera singer has done more for the cause of American song than Thomas Hampson.
The Elkhart-born baritone has recorded extensive homegrown repertoire from Stephen Foster to Charles Ives and Leonard Bernstein. He has collaborated with the Library of Congress in his “Song of America” project, later partnering with WFMT in a radio series of the same name exploring American culture through our nation’s rich song heritage.
Perhaps most importantly he has continued to perform new music. Tuesday night at Ravinia, Hampson presented the Midwest premiere of Civil Words, a new song cycle written for him by Jennifer Higdon. Looking trim, tan and relaxed, Hampson–who turned 60 last month–showed why he remains one of our finest interpreters of German lied and American song . . . with characteristic dramatic strength, emotional depth and unassailable artistry. Pianist Kevin Murphy was an equally sensitive and committed keyboard partner throughout.
Upcoming Recitals in the U.S.
July 20, 2015
Thomas Hampson joins pianist Kevin Murphy for a recital at the Ravinia Festival, on July 28. The program features selections from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D. 957, songs by Mahler, Burleigh, Bonds, Daugherty, and a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, which Mr. Hampson premiered at Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Enjoy this Ravinia Backstage interview with Mr. Hampson, where he shares his thoughts on the history and importance of art song in our culture.
He then travels to Idaho to sing with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, as part of their IN FOCUS Series, featuring music from The Great American Songbook. The concert takes place at the Sun Valley Pavilion on July 31, featuring Thomas Hampson and a string quartet on Barber’s Dover Beach, and Hampson on a series of American songs including works by Bonds, Copland, and Higdon, with pianist Peter Grunberg.
BBC HARDtalk - Thomas Hampson
Sarah Montague speaks to opera star Thomas Hampson who says the way to get people to love opera is to get them to understand it, and then it has the power to transform. If Hampson is right, could one of the most elite and expensive art forms have worldwide appeal?