‘Hampson brings power and eloquence to German lied and American song at Ravinia’

“No living opera singer has done more for the cause of American song than Thomas Hampson.

The Elkhart-born baritone has recorded extensive homegrown repertoire from Stephen Foster to Charles Ives and Leonard Bernstein. He has collaborated with the Library of Congress in his “Song of America” project, later partnering with WFMT in a radio series of the same name exploring American culture through our nation’s rich song heritage.

Perhaps most importantly he has continued to perform new music. Tuesday night at Ravinia, Hampson presented the Midwest premiere of Civil Words, a new song cycle written for him by Jennifer Higdon. Looking trim, tan and relaxed, Hampson–who turned 60 last month–showed why he remains one of our finest interpreters of German lied and American song . . . with characteristic dramatic strength, emotional depth and unassailable artistry. Pianist Kevin Murphy was an equally sensitive and committed keyboard partner throughout.

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July 29th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Upcoming Recitals in the U.S.

Thomas Hampson joins pianist Kevin Murphy for a recital at the Ravinia Festival, on July 28. The program features selections from Schubert’s Schwanengesang, D. 957, songs by Mahler, Burleigh, Bonds, Daugherty, and a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, which Mr. Hampson premiered at Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Enjoy this Ravinia Backstage interview with Mr. Hampson, where he shares his thoughts on the history and importance of art song in our culture.

He then travels to Idaho to sing with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, as part of their IN FOCUS Series, featuring music from The Great American Songbook. The concert takes place at the Sun Valley Pavilion on July 31, featuring Thomas Hampson and a string quartet on Barber’s Dover Beach, and Hampson on a series of American songs including works by Bonds, Copland, and Higdon, with pianist Peter Grunberg.

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

Hamburg Concert with Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet Ensemble

Thomas Hampson joins acclaimed percussionist Martin Grubinger and The Percussive Planet Ensemble in concert at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg on July 21. The programme features a variety of works, including original pieces for voice and percussion by George Crumb, Iannis Xenakis, John Corigliano, and Charles Ives. In addition, the evening features selections that highlight the classic music of Frank Sinatra, and contemporary songs by Sting. Tickets for this special performance are now available online.

Mr. Hampson and Mr. Grubinger will also reunite this autumn for a series of concerts in Europe, in Munich (10/22), Vienna (10/23), and Milan (10/25).

July 20th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ – Baden-Baden Gala and Deutsche Grammophon Recording

Thomas Hampson returns to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden this summer, as Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. Deutsche Grammophon and U-Live are co-presenting two performances (July 16 & 19) of this comedic masterwork, which also feature Luca Pisaroni, Hampson’s son-in-law, in the title role, Christiane Karg as Susanna, Rolando Villazón as Don Basilio, and Anne Sofie von Otter as Marcellina, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Vocalensemble Rastatt.

These special gala events will be recorded for a feature release on the DG label, which will be Mr. Hampson’s third recording in the role, in addition to a Metropolitan Opera recording with James Levine and an album with Nicholas Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

June 28th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ concert appearance

Thomas Hampson will step in to replace baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who is ill, for the spectacular open air concert ‘Gipfeltreffen der Stars’ (“Meeting of the Stars”) at Munich’s Königsplatz on June 27, part of ZDF’s Sommernachtsmusik (“Summer Night Music”) series. This special event also features soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, with mezzo-soprano Elena Zhidkova and bass Ildar Abdrazakov. The programme features popular arias, duets, and ensemble pieces from much-loved operatic works by Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, and many others, all accompanied by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava led by Claudio Vandelli. The archived broadcast of the performance will be available to watch online via medici.tv beginning June 28.

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June 26th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

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