Thomas Hampson Sings Title Role in Berg’s Wozzeck for First Time in Career at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (March 6–22)

“A searching interpreter, aware of the meaning and possible ambiguities of every phrase he sings.” – BBC Music magazine

Following an extensive European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Thomas Hampson returns to the U.S. to make his role debut as the eponymous antihero of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, opening March 6 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. In adding this new and emotionally wrenching role to his repertory, Hampson once again displays the “ceaseless curiosity” (New York Times) and “probing mind” (Financial Times) that have made him one of the most respected singers on the opera stage today. Hampson is joined in the new adventure by soprano Deborah Voigt, also making her role debut as Marie in Mark Lamos’s “arrestingly abstract” (New York Times) staging, and Met music director James Levine – one of the work’s most passionate advocates – on the podium. The production marks Hampson’s third Met role debut in as many seasons, following performances last year of Iago in Verdi’s Otello and in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth the previous season. The fifth and final performance of Wozzeck this season will be broadcast live on Saturday, March 22 in the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast series on WQXR 105.9 FM and online at www.wqxr.org.

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

Thomas Hampson Joins Amsterdam Sinfonietta for 12-Concert European Tour Featuring Two World Premieres (Jan 25 – Feb 9)

An evocative, poetry-inspired program of works by six composers will be the centerpiece of a six-country, 12-concert European Tour by Thomas Hampson and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal feature Hampson singing world-premiere performances of new arrangements by English composer David Matthews of Barber’s haunting Dover Beach and Brahms’s elegiac Vier Ernste Gesänge (Four Serious Songs), Wolf’s Italian Serenade as well as other orchestrations for string orchestra by Matthews of songs by Schubert and Wolf. The Amsterdam Sinfonietta, led by concertmaster and artistic director Candida Thompson, will also perform Schönberg’s haunting, arch-Romantic Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).

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

Gramophone Names Decca’s New Recording of Simon Boccanegra an “Editor’s Choice”

Decca’s new recording of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, featuring Thomas Hampson in the title role, has been named one of the “Editor’s Choice” recordings in Gramophone’s January 2014 issue.  The magazine praises the recording, captured live at Vienna’s famed Konzerthaus, for “performances that don’t just measure up to the recorded history but shine different kinds of light on the opera,” noting, “[Hampson] can emit a true Doge roar…his Lieder-like sense of detail reveals the role in three dimensions with great concision and no excessive fussing with the vocal line.”  The Guardian observes, “[Hampson] brings his sharp intellectual focus to bear on the contrast between the private man and the public figure,” while BBC Music calls Hampson “a searching interpreter, aware of the meaning and possible ambiguities of every phrase he sings.”

January 14th, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Complete New Recording of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” Can Be Streamed This Week at NPR Music

As Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday approaches — he was born on November 22, 1913 — NPR Music is marking the occasion by offering free streaming of Warner Classics’ soon-to-be-issued new recording of the composer’s “War Requiem.” An undisputed 20th-century masterpiece, the work is a harrowing anti-war statement that never loses its visceral and emotional impact.  Thomas Hampson is joined on the recording by soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Ian Bostridge, with Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra and Chorus of the Academia Nazionalle di Santa Cecilia. NPR calls it, “A stunning performance…[that] makes clear just how much Britten’s music continues to mean to audiences and artists alike.”  Streaming is available here: http://n.pr/1eDSoME

November 11th, 2013   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Thomas Hampson stars in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new “Parsifal” (November 9–29)

November sees Thomas Hampson – a recent inductee into the Gramophone Hall of Fame – return to Lyric Opera of Chicago to help celebrate the Wagner bicentennial, singing Amfortas in the company’s new production of Parsifal (Nov 9–29). Wagner’s conflicted ruler is one of the baritone’s signature roles, and earlier this month he joined Christoph Eschenbach and the National Symphony for a concert rendition of the opera’s final act. The results, according to the Washington Times, were a “revelation.” Awarding the concert full marks, the review singled out Hampson’s performance as “genuinely electrifying, yet moving at the same time.” Similarly, while impressed by the concert as a whole, the Washington Post nonetheless felt that “it was Thomas Hampson’s Amfortas who showed everyone how it is done.He effectively carried the end of the evening.” The Washington Times spoke for many in concluding: “We can confidently assure Lyric Opera patrons that their Amfortas will not disappoint.”

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November 6th, 2013   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

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