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December events in the Upper Midwest

November 26, 2015

In addition to the remaining performances of The Merry Widow at Lyric Opera of Chicago (dates here) Thomas Hampson has two special engagements in the month of December. On December 1 he is joined by soprano Heidi Stober (Valencienne in Widow) and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba (member of Lyric’s Ryan Opera Center Ensemble) for a ‘Beyond the Aria’ concert at Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion. This sold-out event, performed “cabaret style,” will feature a wide array of works from the operatic canon as well as Broadway and popular song, all accompanied by Craig Terry, acclaimed pianist and Music Director of the Ryan Center.

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Thomas Hampson’s Danilo “is simply terrific” in Lyric’s new production of The Merry Widow

November 15, 2015

“Then it was off to belle-epoque Paris, circa 1900, for the familiar romantic comedy involving a rich, desirable widow, Hanna Glawari (Fleming), and her former flame, the playboy-roue Count Danilo (Thomas Hampson, who’s simply terrific) . . . what came across as rather self-conscious banter between Hanna and Hampson’s Danilo turned to genuine romantic sparks. From there on, these seasoned performers brought out the best in one another.

That said, Saturday’s performance belonged to Hampson. The admirable baritone’s smooth yet powerful singing and tall, handsome stage presence are ideal for the role, and his chemistry with Fleming is much better than Nathan Gunn’s was with her in the Met performance. Nobody in opera today does debonair like Hampson, and his comic timing was impeccable. Did I mention he brings a lieder singer’s care for words to even the silliest throwaway line?”

John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune

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

November 3, 2015

“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 –

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‘The Merry Widow’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago

October 18, 2015

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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