Thomas Hampson and acclaimed ensemble The Philharmonics present two concerts in Europe this month. They travel to Zagreb on February 14 for a performance at the Vatroslav Lisinsk Concert Hall, and can be seen in concert on February 16 at the Wiener Konzerthaus, with a programme featuring works by Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter.
- February appearances throughout Europe
- Hampson “plays the role of his life” in world premiere of ‘South Pole’
- World premiere of ‘South Pole’ at the Bayerische Staatsoper
- “Beyond the Aria” in Chicago
- December events in Chicago and Ann Arbor
- Thomas Hampson’s Danilo “is simply terrific” in Lyric’s new production of The Merry Widow
- “Poetic inspiration” at the Musikverein with Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde
- ‘The Merry Widow’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago
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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.”
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.
“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” . . .
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.