‘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

A “sublime” premiere of Le roi Arthus in Paris

Thomas Hampson made a spectacular debut in the title role of Chausson’s Le roi Arthus with the Opéra National de Paris:

“The evening’s hero of the opera, Thomas Hampson’s King Arthus is the one that impresses most. The power of the voice, its projection, the beauty and richness of timbre and flawless French are undoubtedly the king of the evening. For Thomas Hampson is more than a singer, he is also a musician and a great artist. It demonstrates once again from beginning to end in taking this role that he wanted to do it for lovers of French opera and the French language . . .”

Gilles Lesur – Bachtrack.com

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May 21st, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Gianandrea Noseda

In June, Thomas Hampson joins the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Gianandrea Noseda, for a special concert series. He will perform the work Lingua Angelorum (“The Language of Angels”), written by composer Sylvie Bodorova. This song cycle, dedicated to Mr. Hampson, was inspired by the reign of Rudolph II in Prague, which took place more than 400 years ago. The texts are taken from various authors, including Claudio Monteverdi and William Shakespeare.

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

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

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