“Poetic inspiration” at the Musikverein with Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde

“Tension, reconciliation, and resignation – these three words turned through my head this evening as the Wiener Virtuosen and soloists Klaus Florian Vogt and Thomas Hampson took on Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde . . .

Baritone Thomas Hampson had the more introspective numbers to tend to. Against the backdrop of hopeless violin oscillations in “Der Einsame im Herbst” he vocally mourned, employing a slender, haunting vocal timbre. The form of the “schönste von den Jungfrau’n” was painted vocally and musically in “Von der Schönheit”. . . The relentlessly lengthy finale, “Der Abschied”, was masterfully delivered. Between the plaintive opening oboe solo against bass and cello, musical sighing motifs of waves and wind, and the recurring funeral march colored by gong, low winds and strings, Hampson sent us pensively out into the night, singing his goodbyes and of his heart’s search for peace.”

Chanda VanderHart – Bachtrack.com

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November 3rd, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

‘The Merry Widow’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

This winter, Thomas Hampson returns to the Lyric Opera in one of his signature roles, Count Danilo, in Franz Lehár’s sparkling operetta The Merry Widow. He is joined by soprano Renée Fleming as Hanna (Nicole Cabell sings the role from December 9-13), Heidi Stober as Valencienne, and Michael Spyres sings Camille, in this spectacular production first seen at The Metropolitan Opera. Sir Andrew Davis leads the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus for these performances, which take place November 14, 17, 20, 23, 25 & 28 and December 3, 9, 11 & 13.

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October 18th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: Engagements, General News, News

October performances in Europe

This month, Thomas Hampson is featured in concert and recital at several acclaimed venues throughout Europe. On October 8 he is the featured artist in a Formentor Sunsets Classics Concert in Mallorca, with an evening highlighting works by Mozart, Verdi, Massenet, Lehár, Bernstein, and Porter. He joins the Bamberger Symphoniker and conductor Jonathan Nott on October 10 and 11 to sing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, on a programme that also includes Stravinsky’s Petrushka and a new work by Chaya Czernowin titled Uraufführung einer Zugabe. Hampson then travels to The Brucknerhaus in Linz on October 27 and at Vienna’s Musikverein on November 1 with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and the Wiener Virtuosen, to perform Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.

October 6th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

The Hampsong Foundation Teacher Workshop with University Musical Society

On December 5, Thomas Hampson joins Mark Clague, Susan Key, and Dan Tolly for a Teacher Workshop on campus at the University of Michigan School of Music. This full-day event is in partnership with The Hampsong Foundation and the University Musical Society. The UMS was recently honored with the 2014 National Medal of Arts, recognizing its contribution to the excellence and availability of arts learning and programming in the US.

Activities for the day include sessions exploring content and pedagogy, a conversation with Mr. Hampson about his passion for storytelling through art song, and a performance featuring songs related to the material covered in the workshop. The event content and activities are ideal for teachers of Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Performing Arts. For tickets and more information, visit UMS.org.

September 19th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

Recitals and Concerts across Europe and the U.S.

Thomas Hampson joins pianist Wolfram Rieger for a recital at Millstatt’s Musikwochen on August 30. The programme features lieder by Brahms, Mahler, Wolf, and Strauss; please note that tickets are extremely limited for this performance. Mr. Hampson then travels to Belgium on September 15 for the Ghent Festival of Flanders, for a Gala Night Concert with the National Orchestra. This event highlights favored arias and song from Hampson’s career, including selections from Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Don Carlo, and popular pieces by Cole Porter. Soprano Jodie Devos joins Mr. Hampson for this concert, led by Maestro Sascha Goetzel.

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August 24th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: General News, News

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