Monday 28 March 2011, 8 pm
From “Schwanengesang” D 957
Im Rhein im schönen Strome R 567
Anfangs wollt’ ich fast verzagen R 602
Vergiftet sind meine Lieder R 608
Ihr Auge (Nimm einen Strahl der Sonne) R 600
Es rauschen die Winde R 596
Die drei Ziguener R 612
From Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit
Lieder from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Ich ging mit Lust durch einen grünen Wald
Der Schildwache Nachtlied
Lied des Verfolgten im Turm
Das irdische Leben
Das himmlische Leben
American baritone Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer, and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, research, and technology. He has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today’s most renowned singers, pianists, conductors, and orchestras. He is one of the most important interpreters of German romantic song, and with his celebrated “Song of America” project, has become the “ambassador” of American song. Through the Hampsong Foundation, founded in 2003, he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding.
A significant part of Hampson’s 2010-2011 seasons is dedicated to performances celebrating the 150th anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his death. Recognized as today’s leading interpreter of the Austrian composer’s songs, he performs Mahler in many of the world’s musical capitals with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the NDR Sinfonieorchester, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and the Czech
Philharmonic with conductors such as Alan Gilbert, Manfred Honeck, Mariss Jansons, Philippe Jordan and Antonio Pappano. He also features the composer’s songs in a series of recitals in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Zurich, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Milan, Madrid, and Oslo, and presents the complete songs as “Mahler Artist-in-Residence” at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie.
His new recording of Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Wiener Virtuosen – a conductor-less ensemble comprised of the principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic – will appear on Deutsche Grammophon in January 2011.
Additional highlights this season include season-opening performances in the title role in a new production of Verdi’s Macbeth at Lyric Opera of Chicago; three all-Strauss concerts with Renée Fleming and the Berliner Philharmoniker; selections from George Crumb’s American Songbooks performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; “Song of America” recitals at Duke University and Minnesota Beethoven Festival; and the world-premiere of William Bolcom’s Laura Sonnets, written especially for him. In Switzerland, he performs at the Zurich Opera in new productions of Verdi’s I Masnadieri and Wagner’s Parsifal under Adam Fischer and Daniele Gatti,
and appears in a series of opera galas.
Raised in Spokane, Washington, Hampson has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. His discography of more than 150 albums includes winners of a Grammy Award, two Edison Prizes and the Grand Prix du Disque. He holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, Whitworth College, WA, and the San Francisco Conservatory, and is an honorary member of London’s Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of
Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and in 2008 was named Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America by Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. In 2010, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the “Living Legend” award from the Library of Congress.
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