Role debut as the Four Villains in The Met’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann

Thomas Hampson makes a highly anticipated role debut this month as the shadowy, sinister Four Villains in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann at The Metropolitan Opera. Performances take place January 12, 16, 22, 27 & 31, and February 5, and the January 31 performance will also receive a worldwide Live in HD Broadcast hosted by Deborah Voigt.

This “fantastical production” (The New York Times) will be led by Maestro Yves Abel, and Mr. Hampson is joined by Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, Hibla Gerzmava sings Antonia/Stella, Erin Morley is Olympia, Christine Rice is Giulietta, and Kate Lindsey as Nicklausse.

January 8th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

World Premiere at Carnegie Hall

Thomas Hampson reunites with pianist and frequent collaborator Wolfram Rieger for a recital in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on February 9, as part of the venue’s ‘My Time, My Music’ series featuring music by contemporary composers. Hampson will sing the world premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Civil Words, a work commissioned by Carnegie Hall especially for the occasion. In addition to the new premiere, Mr. Hampson sings the music of Strauss, Mahler, Bernstein, Ives, and many others. The concert will also air on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York as part of Carnegie Hall’s Live Broadcast Series, in addition to streaming online via Carnegie Hall’s site.

January 7th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

East Coast Master Classes

In addition to his debut as the Four Villains in The Met’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and New England Conservatory events, Thomas Hampson makes several other appearances around the East Coast this winter. First up is a master class at Juilliard leading singers from the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Art, which will be streamed live on the web at 4pm EST on January 28, followed by a class at the Westminster Choir College for students of their vocal program as well as Princeton’s on February 2. Hampson will also lead a master class at the Manhattan School of Music on February 3 at 4pm EST, which will be captured for online release as part of MSM’s award-winning distance learning program.

Jan 18, 2pm: New England Conservatory
Jan 28, 4pm: JuilliardLive stream
Feb 2, 3.15pm: Westminster Choir College/Princeton
Feb 3, 4pm: Manhattan School of MusicLive stream

Visit the Hampsong Foundation website for a video archive of master classes, including last year’s class at MSM.

January 6th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

Honorary Doctorate and Master Class at NEC

On January 18 Thomas Hampson will receive an Honorary Doctor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, recognizing his many significant contributions to the classical music world. NEC President Tony Woodcock presides over the ceremony, which will take place during a master class led by Mr. Hampson for vocal students at the Conservatory. The class and ceremony are free and open to the public; visit necmusic.edu for location details and more information about this special event.

January 5th, 2015   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

“Christmas at Downton Abbey” Album

Thomas Hampson’s rendition of “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” is featured on a special “Christmas at Downton Abbey” album, now available via Amazon and iTunes. This recording has tracks sung by members of the Downton Abbey cast, festive versions of the show’s theme, and carols performed by well-known choirs and singers including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the Choir of King’s College Cambridge. The CD is listed as one of NPR’s four “holiday goodies” to purchase this season.

For a complete album highlighting Mr. Hampson’s performances of classic holiday songs, check out “Christmas with Thomas Hampson” with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and conductor Hugh Wolff, on Teldec Classics (available on Amazon). This album features 21 traditional Christmas songs, including English and German selections.

November 27th, 2014   |  Permalink  |  Filed under: News

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