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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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
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.
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.
Thomas Hampson continues his series of appearances in Europe this spring with concerts at Milan’s famed Teatro Alla Scala, with the Filarmonica della Scala under the baton of Christoph von Dohnányi. An acclaimed interpreter and scholar of Gustav Mahler’s music, Hampson will sing the composer’s Kindertotenlieder April 13, 14 & 15, as part of the venue’s Symphonic Season Concert Series. He has also been featured on several landmark recordings of the work, including a Deutsche Grammophon release with the Vienna Philharmonic, led by Leonard Bernstein.
Later in the month he joins pianist Wolfram Rieger for a recital at the spectacular Musikverein in Vienna, on April 19. The program features ‘Richard Strauss and his world’ with songs by Strauss, as well Alban Berg and Alexander Zemlinsky. He also celebrates Strauss’ music on his recent Deutsche Grammophon release Notturno, and was hailed by Opera News for “His sensitivity to line, color and interplay with instruments is as strong as ever . . . “