Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera and Live in HD in movie theaters world wide on January 31. Photo: Marty Sohl / Met Opera

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Role debut as the Four Villains in The Met’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann

January 8, 2015

Thomas Hampson makes a highly anticipated role debut this month as the shadowy, sinister Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at The Metropolitan Opera. Performances take place January 12, 16, 22, 27 & 31, and February 5, and the January 31 performance will also receive a worldwide Live in HD Broadcast hosted by Deborah Voigt.

This “fantastical production” (The New York Times) will be led by Maestro Yves Abel, and Mr. Hampson is joined by Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, Hibla Gerzmava sings Antonia/Stella, Erin Morley is Olympia, Christine Rice is Giulietta, and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse.

World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

January 7, 2015

Thomas Hampson reunites with pianist and frequent collaborator Wolfram Rieger for a recital in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on February 9, as part of the venue’s ‘My Time, My Music’ series featuring music by contemporary composers. Hampson will sing the world premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for the occasion. In addition to the new premiere, Mr. Hampson sings the music of Strauss, Mahler, Bernstein, Ives, and many others. The concert will also air on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York as part of Carnegie Hall’s Live Broadcast Series, in addition to streaming online via Carnegie Hall’s site.

East Coast Master Classes

January 6, 2015

In addition to his debut as the Four Villains in The Met’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and New England Conservatory events, Thomas Hampson makes several other appearances around the East Coast this winter. First up is a master class at Juilliard leading singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Art, which will be streamed live on the web at 4pm EST on January 28, followed by a class at the Westminster Choir College for students of their vocal program as well as Princeton’s on February 2. Hampson will also lead a master class at the Manhattan School of Music on February 3 at 4pm EST, which will be captured for online release as part of MSM’s award-winning distance learning program.

Jan 18, 2pm: New England Conservatory
Jan 28, 4pm: JuilliardLive stream
Feb 2, 3.15pm: Westminster Choir College/Princeton
Feb 3, 4pm: Manhattan School of MusicLive stream

Visit the Hampsong Foundation website for a video archive of master classes, including last year’s class at MSM.

Honorary Doctorate and Master Class at NEC

January 5, 2015

On January 18 Thomas Hampson will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, recognizing his many significant contributions to the classical music world. NEC President Tony Woodcock presides over the ceremony, which will take place during a master class led by Mr. Hampson for vocal students at the Conservatory. The class and ceremony are free and open to the public; visit necmusic.edu for location details and more information about this special event.

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