Thomas Hampson’s 2014/15 season

Thomas Hampson’s 2014/15 season features reprisals of his best-known roles, several debuts, international concert, recital, and festival engagements, master classes, and a new radio series produced by the Hampsong Foundation.

Following summer performances as Scarpia in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, galas in Baden-Baden, Essen, Paris and Gstaad, and recital and concert engagements in Washington D.C., Minnesota, Boston, at Tanglewood, Munich, and Salzburg, Mr. Hampson returns to the operatic stage in the fall, revisiting signature roles including Scarpia at the Bavarian State Opera (September 20, 24 & 27), and Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at San Francisco Opera (October 4, 10, 13, 16 & 19). Hampson returns to the Dresden State Opera as Mandryka in Strauss’ Arabella (November 7 & 10) and is joined by Renée Fleming in the title role, reprising their acclaimed partnership from last season at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

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September 1st, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

“The Star-Spangled Banner” 200th Birthday Celebration

In celebration of the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Thomas Hampson will perform a special program titled ‘Poets and Patriotism’ for an audience of educators at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 3 at 2pm, in Coolidge Auditorium. The program features American music from Colonial times to the present day, and also includes a symposium with scholars and Library of Congress staff, who will share rare documents from the Library’s collections.

No tickets are required for this performance, however seating is first-come, first-served.

June 24th, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Gala concerts with Luca Pisaroni in June

Thomas Hampson joins bass-baritone and son-in-law Luca Pisaroni in a series of European performances in June. The first stop of their mini-tour takes place on June 5, when Mr. Hampson and Mr. Pisaroni join forces to present their ‘No Tenors Allowed’ program, featuring the music of several composers including Mozart, Massenet, Verdi and Rossini. The performance takes place at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (tickets and more information here).

The following week, Thomas and Luca travel to Germany for concert performances with orchestra at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (June 11 ) and with the Philharmonie Essen (June 14).

May 12th, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Easter in Salzburg, Recital in Brussels and a New Recording

Thomas Hampson returns to the Salzburg Easter Festival this month to co-star in Richard Strauss’s Arabella, the German composer’s sixth and final opera collaboration with librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal. Hampson sings the role of Mandryka, reuniting with superstar soprano Renée Fleming, who takes on the title role, and conductor Christian Thielemann. In between the two performances (April 12 and 21), which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Hampson joins the Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Thielemann and Christoph Eschenbach, for a “Concert for Salzburg” featuring music by Mozart and Strauss (April 17).

Hampson also pays tribute to the Strauss Sesquicentennial with the release this month of an all-Strauss recital recording entitled Notturno. The album, pairing Hampson with his long-time collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger, takes its name from Strauss’s expressionistic Op. 44 song featuring poetry by Richard Dehmel portraying the macabre figure of Fiddling Death. The new DG release features popular and lesser-known songs written throughout Strauss’s career.
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April 1st, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Thomas Hampson’s Final Performance in Current Met Revival of Berg’s “Wozzeck” Will Air Live on WQXR on Saturday, March 22

Though sidelined initially by bronchitis that forced him out of two performances, Thomas Hampson returned to the Metropolitan Opera to make an acclaimed role debut in the title role of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck.”  On Saturday afternoon, March 22 beginning at 1pm, Hampson will be heard in his final performance of the role in the Met’s current revival.  The matinee performance will also be carried live in the company’s series of weekly broadcasts on New York’s classical music station, WQXR 105.9 FM.

As a special preview to the Saturday broadcast, WQXR will also feature Hampson as the special guest host in its weekly Operavore show, which airs at 12:30 pm. On the program, Hampson plays excerpts from works by Alban Berg – including Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 and “Wozzeck” – and Mahler – including Symphonies No. 7 and 9 – to  illustrate the musical connection between the two composers (in interviews, Hampson has called “Wozzeck” the “opera that Mahler never wrote”). Rounding out the program are recorded performances by Hampson of two Wunderhorn songs by Mahler and an excerpt from an interview with Operavore host Marilyn Horne that was recorded last fall.

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March 20th, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

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