THOMAS HAMPSON Autograph - to be released on Warner Classics this March. Encompassing opera, operetta, song, oratorio and Broadway musicals, this special collection – Thomas Hampson has personally overviewed the track selection – showcases his remarkable versatility and highlights some of his greatest operatic roles.
NOTTURNO. "This may be one of the finest recordings in the extensive discography of Thomas Hampson, and anyone with even a passing interest in Strauss's songs should consider adding this to their collection, no matter what other treasures might already be there." - Fanfare
Thomas Hampson - Liebst du um Schönheit. Gespräche mit Clemens Prokop. Erhältlich im Henschel Verlag.
SIMON BOCCANEGRA - available now.
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Le roi Arthus – Role debut in Paris
April 15, 2015
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.
Performances in Milan and Vienna
April 4, 2015
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 . . . “
Upcoming performances in Heidelberg
March 20, 2015
As part of his annual Heidelberger Frühling Academy, Thomas Hampson will present a series of performances at the Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg. On April 1 he is joined by esteemed colleague, bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff, for a special concert featuring music that is a respective signature for each of them. Quasthoff also serves as a mentor at this year’s Academy. The evening’s program includes favorites from Mr. Hampson’s Song of America tours, and popular standards given new life by Mr. Quasthoff. Pianists Wolfram Rieger and Frank Chastenier also join them for this not-to-be-missed event.
To celebrate the close of the series in Heidelberg, Hampson and the Fellows from the Lied Academy join together for a final celebratory performance on April 2.
Archived Carnegie Hall Recital featuring world premiere of ‘Civil Words’
February 28, 2015
WQXR has posted an archived recording of Thomas Hampson’s acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital (February 9) featuring the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s song cycle Civil Words, set to texts from the Civil War. He was joined by pianist and frequent collaborator Wolfram Rieger for the performance.
The evening program featured works based on the theme of wartime, from a variety of composers including Strauss, Mahler, Hindemith, Ives, and Vaughan Williams. The recital was received with tremendous acclaim:
“In classical music, the difference between art and artifact is made up by context . . . But give that music some meaning in terms of our own memories and cultural experiences, and it comes alive. No one in classical music does this better than baritone Thomas Hampson . . .” (New York Classical Review)
BBC HARDtalk - Thomas Hampson
Sarah Montague speaks to opera star Thomas Hampson who says the way to get people to love opera is to get them to understand it, and then it has the power to transform. If Hampson is right, could one of the most elite and expensive art forms have worldwide appeal?