Thomas Hampson

Composers

Biography

Born: June 28, 1955   Country: USA  
Thomas Hampson possesses one of the most rich and mellow baritone voices of the postwar generations, complete with ringing top notes. His quick musical intelligence enables him not only to sing a vast and varied repertoire in song, lieder, oratorio, musical theater, operetta, and opera, but to write most of his own (very scholarly) program notes, and in addition to all that, was listed by People magazine in 1993 as one of the 50 most beautiful Read more people in the world. Like his friend and frequent musical associate, Jerry Hadley, he is an avid student of history and in preparing lieder or opera roles, he often draws from history, literature, and cultural studies of the period. He is also an active teacher of both technique and interpretation. When he was in high school, president of the student body and active in the Model U.N., he was first exposed to symphonic music and then sang in the school choir and later the Spokane Chorale. After he sang a solo in an arts festival, Dr. Sister Marietta Coyle, who had herself studied with Lotte Lehmann, another singer who focused deeply on meaning and interpretation, told him that if he wanted to explore his talent, he should call her. At that point, Hampson was more interested in a career in law and politics. Nonetheless, he began serious voice lessons with her, making his opera debut as the Father in Hansel and Gretel in a small local production in 1974.

In 1978, he began summer classes at the Music Academy of the West, studying with Horst Gunther and Martial Singher, the famous baritone. In college, he balanced both potential careers by getting a B.A. in government from Eastern Washington University and a B.F.A. in voice performance from Fort Wright College. However, by 1980, when he won second place in the Met's Western Region competition and in the San Francisco Merola Program auditions, his plans focused more and more on music. In the Merola program, he studied with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, another of the great lieder teachers. In September of that year, he went to Europe and was hired at the Dusseldorf Opera. His career began to expand, particularly when at the Dusseldorf Opera he graduated to more important roles, and in 1984, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera. During the same year, Schwarzkopf and the Walter Legge Foundation sponsored his debut recital in Wigmore Hall in London. In 1986, he made his Met debut as the Count in Le nozze di Figaro and his Vienna State Opera debut as Gugliemo in Cosi. Two years later, he made his Salzburg Festival debut as the Count. In 1994, he created the role of the Vicomte de Valmont in the world premiere of Conrad Susa's Dangerous Liaisons. During the 1990s, he began teaching master classes and in 1997, he received the Citation of Merit for Lifetime Contribution to Music and Education from the National Arts Club of America.

He has recorded widely with special concentrations in German and American song, both familiar and more obscure. In musical theater, his recording of Cole Porter songs (EMI) has just the right tongue-in-cheek sophistication for the comic songs and the heart-on-the-sleeve lyric emotional expression for the romantic ones. In lieder, his recital, including Dichterliebe and An die Ferne Geliebte (EMI), shows off his voice and excellent German diction and in opera, his recording of the French version of Don Carlos also on EMI is outstanding. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Philip Smith,  Glenn Dicterow,  Joseph Alessi,  Jaap Van Zweden  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
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    Mahler Symphonies - Live in Concert / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 100 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jard Van Nes,  Yvonne Kenny,  Julia Varády  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 3.
    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    The CBSO Years / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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  • 5.
    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Hampson, Gallardo-domas, Gatti
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109143 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dan Paul Dumitrescu,  Boaz Daniel,  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Hampson, Gallardo-domas, Gatti [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109144 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Dan Paul Dumitrescu,  Boaz Daniel,  Cristina Gallardo-Domâs,  Ferruccio Furlanetto  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Jonas Kaufmann - Carmen, Tosca, Faust, Werther
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002359909 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Emily Magee,  Marina Poplavskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Carignani,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Michel Plasson,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Jonas Kaufmann: Carmen - Tosca - Faust - Werther
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002360059 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Jules Massenet,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Emily Magee,  Marina Poplavskaya  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Carignani,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  Michel Plasson,  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus,  Metropolitan Opera Chorus  ... 
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  • 9.
    Thomas Hampson - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619045 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Charles Gounod,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Charlotte Margiono,  Delores Ziegler,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Michel Plasson,  Antonio de Almeida,  Richard Armstrong  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra  ... 
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    Szymanowski: King Roger, Symphony No 4 / Hampson, Andsnes, Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 620051 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Philip Langridge,  Elzbieta Szmytka,  Ryszard Minkiewicz  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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  • 11.
    Seiji Ozawa - The Philips Years: Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002185602 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  Mariko Kobayashi,  Everett Firth,  Hiroshi Arimori,  Sawako Yasue  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Saito Kinen Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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  • 12.
    Anna Netrebko - Live from the Salzburg Festival
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155209 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Colombara,  Anna Netrebko,  Nino Machaidze,  Massimo Cavalletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti,  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 13.
    Anna Netrebko - Live from the Salzburg Festival [3-Blu-ray Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155159 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Colombara,  Anna Netrebko,  Nino Machaidze,  Massimo Cavalletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti,  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 14.
    Strauss: Arabella / Fleming, Hampson, Thielemann
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717208 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Hanna-elisabeth Muller,  Thomas Hampson,  Renée Fleming,  Alberto Dohmen  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Strauss: Arabella / Thielemann, Fleming, Hampson, Dohmen [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717304 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Daniel Behle,  Alberto Dohmen,  Renée Fleming,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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  • 16.
    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Verdi & Wagner - The Odeonsplatz Concert / Thomas Hampson, Ronaldo Villazon, Yannick Nezet-seguin
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716708 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Rolando Villazón
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 18.
    Verdi & Wagner - The Odeonsplatz Concert / Thomas Hampson, Ronaldo Villazon, Yannick Nezet-seguin [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716804 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet,  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Rolando Villazón
    Conductor:  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 19.
    Verdi: Don Carlo / Kaufmann, Hampson, Harteros, Pappano [Blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 300577 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Matti Salminen,  Anja Harteros  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Verdi: Don Carlo / Kaufmann, Harteros, Pappano
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 300576 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ekaterina Semenchuk,  Anja Harteros,  Matti Salminen,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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  • 21.
    Notturno - Strauss: Songs / Thomas Hampson, Wolfram Rieger
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002037002 Release Date: 05/06/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger
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  • 22.
    Leonard Bernstein Collection Vol 1 [59 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 2027800 Release Date: 04/22/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Leonard Bernstein,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  René Kollo,  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Kurt Moll,  Hanna Schwarz  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Concert Choir,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Puccini: Tosca / Kaufmann, Hampson, Magee, Carignani, Zurich [blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001912359 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Emily Magee,  Valeriy Murga
    Conductor:  Paolo Carignani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera House Orchestra,  Zurich Opera House Chorus
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [highlights]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002009102 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Paul Plishka  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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    Verdi: Don Carlos / Hampson, Mattila , Alagna, Van Dam [Blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2031 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  José Van Dam,  Roberto Alagna,  Karita Mattila,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
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