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Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Biography

Long recognized as one of the most innovative musicians of our time, American baritone Thomas Hampson has received countless international honors for his singular artistry and cultural leadership. His operatic repertoire is comprised of more than 80 roles, and his discography includes more than 170 albums, with multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque.

Hampson opened the 2023–24 season performing Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Klaus Mäkelä and the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, and reprises the work later in the season with Mäkelä and The Cleveland Orchestra. Before signing Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden in China, he performs the work with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and van Zweden, with Athens State Orchestra, and on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s European tour, led by Fabio Luisi. Hampson also reunites with the Janoska Ensemble for a New Year’s Eve Gala at the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Further highlights include performances of Weill’s Four Walt Whitman Songs with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Alan Gilbert, and a semi-staged production, which Hampson also directs, of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with the Orchestre national de Lyon and Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Hampson returns to the stage with Evgeny Kissin for ADDRESS UNKNOWN, Kathrine Kressmann Taylor’s play, at London’s Marylebone Theatre and New York’s Town Hall. Hampson and pianist Wolfram Rieger give recitals in Kronberg, Krün, Heidelberg, and Schloss Elmau. The baritone returns to Waiblingen for the annual Internationale Opernwerkstatt, where he leads masterclasses, and for the sixth edition of Schubert Week at the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin. Hampson continues as director of Heidelberger Frühling Liedakademie, which supports singers and pianists from all over the world.

Last season saw Hampson return to the opera stage, for his critically acclaimed role debut as Richard Nixon in John Adams’s Nixon in China at Opéra national de Paris, led by Gustavo Dudamel. The baritone also starred as Creonte opposite Cecilia Bartoli in a concert version of Haydn’s last opera L’anima del filosofo, ossia Orfeo ed Euridice at the Salzburg Festival. In concert, he opened the season with the New Century Chamber Orchestra, led by Daniel Hope, and joined Martha Argerich for a performance in Lucerne.

Thomas Hampson is an honorary professor of philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. In addition to several honorary doctorates, his accolades include being named Kammersänger of the Vienna Staatsoper and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France. In 2017 he and Rieger received the Hugo Wolf Medal. Hampson is co-founder and artistic director of the Lied Academy Heidelberg, and in 2003 he founded the Hampsong Foundation, through which he uses the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. His international master class schedule is a continuing online resource of Medici.tv, Manhattan School of Music, and Hampsong Foundation livestream channel. Additionally, he serves as an advisor for Opera for Peace.

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