Le roi Arthus – Role debut in Paris

This spring, Thomas Hampson makes his highly anticipated debut in the title role of Chausson’s rarely staged masterwork Le roi Arthus with the Opéra National de Paris. This dramatic piece regales the ever-popular medieval stories of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere and the knights of the Round Table. Graham Vick directs this new production, with sets and costumes by Paul Brown. Philippe Jordan leads the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, with a star-studded cast including Sophie Koch as Genièvre and Roberto Alagna as Lancelot.

These not-to-be-missed performances take place May 16, 19, 22, 25 & 28 and June 2, 5, 8, 11 & 14 at the Opéra Bastille, and will receive several radio and television broadcasts in the future, on Culturebox (live on June 2) and France Musique.

April 15th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Performances in Milan and Vienna

Thomas Hampson continues his series of appearances in Europe this spring with concerts at Milan’s famed Teatro Alla Scala, with the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. An acclaimed interpreter and scholar of Gustav Mahler’s music, Hampson will sing the composer’s Kindertotenlieder April 13, 14 & 15, as part of the venue’s Symphonic Season Concert Series. He has also been featured on several landmark recordings of the work, including a Deutsche Grammophon release with the Vienna Philharmonic, led by Leonard Bernstein.

Later in the month he joins pianist Wolfram Rieger for a recital at the spectacular Musikverein in Vienna, on April 19. The program features ‘Richard Strauss and his world’ with songs by Strauss, as well Alban Berg and Alexander Zemlinsky. He also celebrates Strauss’ music on his recent Deutsche Grammophon release Notturnoand was hailed by Opera News for “His sensitivity to line, color and interplay with instruments is as strong as ever . . . “

April 4th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Upcoming performances in Heidelberg

As part of his annual Heidelberger Frühling Academy, Thomas Hampson will present a series of performances at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg. On April 1 he is joined by esteemed colleague, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, for a special concert featuring music that is a respective signature for each of them. Quasthoff also serves as a mentor at this year’s Academy. The evening’s program includes favorites from Mr. Hampson’s Song of America tours, and popular standards given new life by Mr. Quasthoff. Pianists Wolfram Rieger and Frank Chastenier also join them for this not-to-be-missed event.

To celebrate the close of the series in Heidelberg, Hampson and the Fellows from the Lied Academy join together for a final celebratory performance on April 2.

March 20th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Archived Carnegie Hall Recital featuring world premiere of ‘Civil Words’

WQXR has posted an archived recording of Thomas Hampson’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital (February 9) featuring the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s song cycle Civil Words, set to texts from the Civil War. He was joined by pianist and frequent collaborator Wolfram Rieger for the performance.

The evening program featured works based on the theme of wartime, from a variety of composers including Strauss, Mahler, Hindemith, Ives, and Vaughan Williams. The recital was received with tremendous acclaim:

In classical music, the difference between art and artifact is made up by context . . . But give that music some meaning in terms of our own memories and cultural experiences, and it comes alive. No one in classical music does this better than baritone Thomas Hampson . . .” (New York Classical Review)

February 28th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Thomas Hampson Autograph – to be released on Warner Classics this March

Thomas Hampson is one of today’s most innovative and insightful artists. He is admired for his engaging performances and his commitment to music research and education, which have a tremendous impact on the field. He is regarded as “one of America’s foremost cultural ambassadors.” (Operavore)

Autograph, a new CD box set from Warner Classics, is a special, signature audio collection – Mr. Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – that showcases his renowned versatility. The set highlights some of his greatest and most revered operatic roles, as well as much-loved performances of operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals. The set also includes an interview documentary by Jon Tolansky, which offers fascinating insights into Hampson’s remarkable career and achievements.

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February 27th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

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