Today, June 28 is the birthday of one of the greatest opera singers, American Baritone Thomas Hampson!
Thomas Hampson is one of my all time favorite baritones and I love his performances.
Thomas Hampson’s operatic repertoire spans a range of more than 80 roles, including the title roles in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell”, Ambroise Thomas’ “Hamlet”, and Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin”; Figaro in Rossini’s “Barber of Seville”.
The center of his Verdi repertoire remains Posa in “Don Carlo”, Germont in “La Traviata”, the title roles in “Macbeth” and “Simon Boccanegra”, and more recently also Amfortas in Wagner’s “Parsifal” and Scarpia in Puccini’s “Tosca”.
As a recitalist Hampson has won worldwide recognition for his thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. He is one of the most important interpreters of German Romantic song – especially known for his interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler – and, with his “Song of America” project collaboration with the Library of Congress, has become known as the “ambassador” of American song.
Thomas Hampson’s diverse and expansive discography has earned him an Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement, four Edison Award, four Echo prizes, numerous VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, Gramophone Awards, and Grand Prix du Disque, as well as six Grammy Award nominations, and one Grammy Award.
Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf once said of her student, “Thomas is the best singer in Europe right now”.
Happy Birthday Thomas Hampson!