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Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame,” Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of over 80 roles sung in all the major theaters of the world, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, which include multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence. In 2010, he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he has served as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Furthermore, he has received the famed Concertgebouw Prize.

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  • 09.10.2018 - Operawire Artist Of The Week: Thomas Hampson

  • Legendary Baritone World Premieres ‘Hadrian’

    Thomas Hampson has long been one of the greatest opera singers of his generation singing in all the great opera houses in the world and interpreting some of the most iconic roles in the art form. He has also been recognized as a great recitalist showing great enthusiasm for the American Songbook and a big proponent of Mahler’s music in concert performances.

    And this week, he opens his 2018-19 season headlining the world premiere of “Hadrian” at the Canadian Opera Company. A big enthusiast for modern work, Hampson performs the title role in Rufus Wainwright’s second opera, showcasing his versatility as an artist and adding more new roles to his already legendary career.

    Hampson’s debut will also showcase him also two other legends including Karita Mattila and Ben Heppner, who comes out of retirement exclusively for this world premiere. With these three legends performing this should be a spectacle not to be missed.

    The opera will also be the first of two world premieres that Hampson takes on this season as he heads to Houston for “The Phoenix” by Tarik O’Regan and John Caird this spring. Wainwright and Daniel MacIvor’s opera will also bring the baritone to the Canadian Opera for the first time.

    And for those who will not be able to attend the performances of “Hadrian,” Hampson will continue on tour this season performing Wolf songs as well as Britten’s War Requiem. He will also reprise his signature role as Germont in “La Traviata” at the Semperoper Dresden. He also sings “Tosca” at the Wiener Staatsoper.


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