This weekend’s world premiere of Miroslav Srnka’s "South Pole" will be broadcast and livestreamed from the Bayerische Staatsoper by Arte and ZDF.

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.

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Hampson “plays the role of his life” in world premiere of ‘South Pole’

February 4, 2016

Thomas Hampson’s portrayal of Roald Amundsen in the world premiere of South Pole has been greeted with thunderous applause from audiences and spectacular acclaim from critics worldwide. Remaining performances take place February 6, 9 & 11 and July 5. Please note the February dates are now completely sold-out, with limited tickets remaining in July. Enjoy the production trailer and a video magazine featuring interviews from the cast and creative team.

“The star is Thomas Hampson, the veteran baritone is vocally and theatrically convincing in the role of Amundsen.”

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World premiere of ‘South Pole’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper

December 28, 2015

This winter, Thomas Hampson creates the role of Roald Amundsen, the famous Norwegian explorer, in the world premiere of South Pole at the Bayerische Staatsoper. With music by Miroslav Srnka and text by Tom Holloway, this new opera tells the incredible story of two teams racing each other to reach the South Pole. Rolando Villazón sings the role of Robert Scott, head of the opposing party. Hans Neuenfels directs the production, with Kirill Petrenko leading the Bayerisches Staatsorchester. Enjoy a video preview of this epic commission, featuring interviews with Srnka and Holloway, in addition to background information about the piece via Staatsoper.de.

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“Beyond the Aria” in Chicago

December 3, 2015

“The singer’s long advocacy for American song was manifest in his homegrown set. In the current campaign season, Copland’s “The Dodger” proved apt, given with hearty and sardonic swagger. Hampson’s story-telling bonafides were nicely to the fore in Henry T. Burleigh’s “Ethiopia saluting the colors,” and he closed with a haunting, wistful rendition of “Shenanadoah” . . .

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December events in Chicago and Ann Arbor

November 26, 2015

In addition to the remaining performances of The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago (dates here) Thomas Hampson has two special engagements in the month of December. On December 1 he is joined by soprano Heidi Stober (Valencienne in Widow) and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba (member of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center Ensemble) for a ‘Beyond the Aria’ concert at Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion. This sold-out event, performed “cabaret style,” will feature a wide array of works from the operatic canon as well as Broadway and popular song, all accompanied by Craig Terry, acclaimed pianist and Music Director of the Ryan Center.

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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?

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