December events in the Upper Midwest

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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November 26th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: Engagements, News

Thomas Hampson’s Danilo “is simply terrific” in Lyric’s new production of The Merry Widow

“Then it was off to belle-epoque Paris, circa 1900, for the familiar romantic comedy involving a rich, desirable widow, Hanna Glawari (Fleming), and her former flame, the playboy-roue Count Danilo (Thomas Hampson, who’s simply terrific) . . . what came across as rather self-conscious banter between Hanna and Hampson’s Danilo turned to genuine romantic sparks. From there on, these seasoned performers brought out the best in one another.

That said, Saturday’s performance belonged to Hampson. The admirable baritone’s smooth yet powerful singing and tall, handsome stage presence are ideal for the role, and his chemistry with Fleming is much better than Nathan Gunn’s was with her in the Met performance. Nobody in opera today does debonair like Hampson, and his comic timing was impeccable. Did I mention he brings a lieder singer’s care for words to even the silliest throwaway line?”

John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune

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

“Poetic inspiration” at the Musikverein with Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

“Tension, reconciliation, and resignation – these three words turned through my head this evening as the Wiener Virtuosen and soloists Klaus Florian Vogt and Thomas Hampson took on Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde . . .

Baritone Thomas Hampson had the more introspective numbers to tend to. Against the backdrop of hopeless violin oscillations in “Der Einsame im Herbst” he vocally mourned, employing a slender, haunting vocal timbre. The form of the “schönste von den Jungfrau’n” was painted vocally and musically in “Von der Schönheit”. . . The relentlessly lengthy finale, “Der Abschied”, was masterfully delivered. Between the plaintive opening oboe solo against bass and cello, musical sighing motifs of waves and wind, and the recurring funeral march colored by gong, low winds and strings, Hampson sent us pensively out into the night, singing his goodbyes and of his heart’s search for peace.”

Chanda VanderHart –

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November 3rd, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

‘The Merry Widow’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

This winter, Thomas Hampson returns to the Lyric Opera in one of his signature roles, Count Danilo, in Franz Lehár’s sparkling operetta The Merry Widow. He is joined by soprano Renée Fleming as Hanna (Nicole Cabell sings the role from December 9-13), Heidi Stober as Valencienne, and Michael Spyres sings Camille, in this spectacular production first seen at The Metropolitan Opera. Sir Andrew Davis leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus for these performances, which take place November 14, 17, 20, 23, 25 & 28 and December 3, 9, 11 & 13.

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October 18th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: Engagements, General News, News

October performances in Europe

This month, Thomas Hampson is featured in concert and recital at several acclaimed venues throughout Europe. On October 8 he is the featured artist in a Formentor Sunsets Classics Concert in Mallorca, with an evening highlighting works by Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Lehár, Bernstein, and Porter. He joins the Bamberger Symphoniker and conductor Jonathan Nott on October 10 and 11 to sing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, on a programme that also includes Stravinsky’s Petrushka and a new work by Chaya Czernowin titled Uraufführung einer Zugabe. Hampson then travels to The Brucknerhaus in Linz on October 27 and at Vienna’s Musikverein on November 1 with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and the Wiener Virtuosen, to perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

October 6th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

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