THOMAS HAMPSON Autograph - to be released on Warner Classics this March. 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.
TThomas Hampson Enters Gramophone's “Hall of Fame”
Thinkers and Doers: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ – Baden-Baden Gala and Deutsche Grammophon Recording
June 28, 2015
Thomas Hampson returns to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden this summer, as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Deutsche Grammophon and U-Live are co-presenting two performances (July 16 & 19) of this comedic masterwork, which also feature Luca Pisaroni, Hampson’s son-in-law, in the title role, Christiane Karg as Susanna, Rolando Villazón as Don Basilio, and Anne Sofie von Otter as Marcellina, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Vocalensemble Rastatt.
These special gala events will be recorded for a feature release on the DG label, which will be Mr. Hampson’s third recording in the role, in addition to a Metropolitan Opera recording with James Levine and an album with Nicholas Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ concert appearance
June 26, 2015
Thomas Hampson will step in to replace baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who is ill, for the spectacular open air concert ‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ (“Meeting of the Stars”) at Munich’s Königsplatz on June 27, part of ZDF’s Sommernachtsmusik (“Summer Night Music”) series. This special event also features soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, with mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova and bass Ildar Abdrazakov. The programme features popular arias, duets, and ensemble pieces from much-loved operatic works by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and many others, all accompanied by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava led by Claudio Vandelli. The archived broadcast of the performance will be available to watch online via medici.tv beginning June 28.
A “sublime” premiere of Le roi Arthus in Paris
May 21, 2015
Thomas Hampson made a spectacular debut in the title role of Chausson’s Le roi Arthus with the Opéra National de Paris:
“The evening’s hero of the opera, Thomas Hampson’s King Arthus is the one that impresses most. The power of the voice, its projection, the beauty and richness of timbre and flawless French are undoubtedly the king of the evening. For Thomas Hampson is more than a singer, he is also a musician and a great artist. It demonstrates once again from beginning to end in taking this role that he wanted to do it for lovers of French opera and the French language . . .”
Gilles Lesur – Bachtrack.com
Concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda
May 20, 2015
In June, Thomas Hampson joins the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, for a special concert series. He will perform the work Lingua Angelorum (“The Language of Angels”), written by composer Sylvie Bodorova. This song cycle, dedicated to Mr. Hampson, was inspired by the reign of Rudolph II in Prague, which took place more than 400 years ago. The texts are taken from various authors, including Claudio Monteverdi and William Shakespeare.
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?