Happy Birthday Thomas Hampson!

Today, June 28th is the Birthday of American Baritone Thomas Hampson!

This is a tribute to one of the greatest  Baritones of the Opera, Thomas Hampson.

 

Thomas Hampson (Thanks to musicomh for this pic)

Thomas Hampson has performed more of 80 operatic roles including Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet,   Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell,  Mozart’s Don Giovanni,  Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville,  his Verdi repertoire are Germont in La Traviata, Carlo in “Ernani”, the title role of Simon Boccanegra,  Posa in Don Carlo, Iago in Otello and the title role of Macbeth, also, Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca and Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal .

Recently, Thomas Hampson made the great project of “Song of America” and he is also a great interpreter of Gustav Mahler.

Thomas Hampson is one of the most important baritones of modern Opera, he has perform in the most important Opera Houses of the world including The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House in Convent Garden and the Paris Opera.

He also gave great concerts in Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, the Berliner Philharmonic, and The New York Philharmonic,  just to name a few.

Thomas Hampson has worked with the most respected Orchestra conductors like James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa, Antonio Pappano and Kurt Masur, just to name a few.

 

Thomas Hampson as Macbeth  (Thanks to opera Warhorses for this pic)

One of my favorite concerts with Thomas Hampson is the New Year’s 2009 Concert with the New York Philharmonic and with Alan Gilbert as conductor.   Thomas Hampson sang the most beautiful Old American songs (mostly Aaron Copland and Cole Porter songs) in this amazing  New Year concert.

I enjoyed this concert, thanks to “Live from Lincoln Center”.

Another fantastic New Year’s concert with Thomas Hampson that I enjoyed was the Bernstein Gala “Wonderful Town” with the Berlin Philharmonic and with Sir Simon Rattle as conductor.

One of my favorite albums of Thomas Hampson is “Des Knaben Wunderhorn”.

I also love “Christmas with Thomas Hampson” with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Another Concert with Thomas Hampson that I love is “A Mozart Gala” at the Salzburg Festival with other fantastic Opera stars like Anna Netrebko, Rene Pape and Michael Schade.

Thomas Hampson has also performed John Adams’s 19-minute musical monologue,  The Wound-Dresser.

The Wound-Dresser is a nineteen minute-long piece by U.S. composer John Adams for chamber orchestra and baritone singer. The piece is an elegiac setting of excerpts from American poet Walt Whitman’s poem “The Wound-Dresser” (1865) about his experience as a nurse during the American Civil War.

Thomas Hamoson is not only a great baritone, he is also an erudite man who loves culture and has supported education for all, including the net.

He created his “Hampson Foundation”, it’s dedicated to the support and proliferation of the art of song in America and around the world as a means to foster communication and understanding among cultures.                                                                                                              The Hampsong Foundation supports research and young artists through projects, symposia, masterclasses, and concert lectures.Thomas Hampson also launched the “Song of America Database”.

Thomas Hampson’s  career has centered on music scholarship and education.                          As such, in March 2010 he spearheaded the first-ever live streaming classical music available on a mobile app: a Master Class on Mahler songs, hosted by the Manhattan School of Music’s Distance Learning Program.

He also made “Song of America” radio series, co-produced by the Hampsong Foundation and the WFMT Radio Network of Chicago.                                                                                  Hosted by Hampson, the series consists of 13 hour-long programs exploring the history of American culture through song.

In 2009, as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s 120th Anniversary celebration, Hampson sang the last scene of Wagner’s “Parsifal” with tenor Plácido Domingo.

Opera lovers and fans can visit his offical web site:

http://www.thomashampson.com

Happy Birthday to Thomas Hampson!

Jacqueline

 

 

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