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.
TThomas Hampson Enters Gramophone's “Hall of Fame”
Thinkers and Doers: the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
America’s Leading Baritone and Ambassador of Song Bows on Stages from Akron to Vienna.
Thomas Hampson’s 2014/15 season
September 1, 2014
Thomas Hampson’s 2014/15 season features reprisals of his best-known roles, several debuts, international concert, recital, and festival engagements, master classes, and a new radio series produced by the Hampsong Foundation.
Following summer performances as Scarpia in Tosca at the Vienna State Opera, galas in Baden-Baden, Essen, Paris and Gstaad, and recital and concert engagements in Washington D.C., Minnesota, Boston, at Tanglewood, Munich, and Salzburg, Mr. Hampson returns to the operatic stage in the fall, revisiting signature roles including Scarpia at the Bavarian State Opera (September 20, 24 & 27), and Renato in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera at San Francisco Opera (October 4, 10, 13, 16 & 19). Hampson returns to the Dresden State Opera as Mandryka in Strauss’ Arabella (November 7 & 10) and is joined by Renée Fleming in the title role, reprising their acclaimed partnership from last season at the Salzburg Easter Festival.
“The Star-Spangled Banner” 200th Birthday Celebration
June 24, 2014
In celebration of the 200th birthday of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Thomas Hampson will perform a special program titled ‘Poets and Patriotism’ for an audience of educators at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. on Thursday, July 3 at 2pm, in Coolidge Auditorium. The program features American music from Colonial times to the present day, and also includes a symposium with scholars and Library of Congress staff, who will share rare documents from the Library’s collections.
No tickets are required for this performance, however seating is first-come, first-served.
Gala concerts with Luca Pisaroni in June
May 12, 2014
Thomas Hampson joins bass-baritone and son-in-law Luca Pisaroni in a series of European performances in June. The first stop of their mini-tour takes place on June 5, when Mr. Hampson and Mr. Pisaroni join forces to present their ‘No Tenors Allowed’ program, featuring the music of several composers including Mozart, Massenet, Verdi and Rossini. The performance takes place at the historic Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris (tickets and more information here).
Easter in Salzburg, Recital in Brussels and a New Recording
April 1, 2014
Thomas Hampson returns to the Salzburg Easter Festival this month to co-star in Richard Strauss’s Arabella, the German composer’s sixth and final opera collaboration with librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal. Hampson sings the role of Mandryka, reuniting with superstar soprano Renée Fleming, who takes on the title role, and conductor Christian Thielemann. In between the two performances (April 12 and 21), which celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth, Hampson joins the Staatskapelle Dresden under the direction of Thielemann and Christoph Eschenbach, for a “Concert for Salzburg” featuring music by Mozart and Strauss (April 17).
Hampson also pays tribute to the Strauss Sesquicentennial with the release this month of an all-Strauss recital recording entitled Notturno. The album, pairing Hampson with his long-time collaborator, pianist Wolfram Rieger, takes its name from Strauss’s expressionistic Op. 44 song featuring poetry by Richard Dehmel portraying the macabre figure of Fiddling Death. The new DG release features popular and lesser-known songs written throughout Strauss’s career.
Have a first listen to the album on Soundcloud.
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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?