Thomas Hampson

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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
Christmas With Thomas Hampson / Hampson, Wolff, St. Paul Co
Release Date: 11/01/1991   Label: Teldec  
Catalog: 73135   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Don Carlos / Hampson, Mattila , Alagna, Van Dam
Release Date: 09/16/2003   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 2031   Number of Discs: 1
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Voices Of Our Time - Thomas Hampson In Recital With Wolfram Rieger
Release Date: 03/30/2010   Label: Kultur Video  
Catalog: 4612   Number of Discs: 1
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    Verdi Operas: The Royal Opera House Box Set / Rizzi, Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7208 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas,  Dmitri Hvorostovsky,  José Cura,  Gweneth-Ann Jeffers  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Antonio Pappano
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    Verdi Operas: The Royal Opera House Box Set / Rizzi, Pappano, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House [DVD]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1190 Release Date: 10/28/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Douglas Telfer,  Tómas Tómasson,  Yvonne Naef,  Verónica Villarroel  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Rizzi,  Antonio Pappano
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    Danielpour: Songs of Solitude & War Songs / Hampson, Guerrero, Nashville Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559792 Release Date: 10/14/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Danielpour
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Hampson, Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 557376 Release Date: 09/09/2016  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  László Polgár,  Roberta Alexander,  Edita Gruberova,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
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    Great Arias: Amours divins! - Famous French Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109240 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ambroise Thomas
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    Great Arias: Amours divins! - Famous French Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109241 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Ambroise Thomas
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Paul Groves,  Magdalena Kozená  ... 
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    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109242 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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    Great Arias: Casta Diva - Famous Italian Arias & Scenes [Blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109243 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Yvonne Kenny,  Ann Murray,  Roberto Alagna  ... 
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    Emerson String Quartet: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002514572 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 52
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    Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro / Pisaroni, Nezet-Seguin, Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002511102 Release Date: 07/08/2016   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Angela Brower,  Thomas Hampson,  Sonya Yoncheva,  Christiane Karg  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    The Great Placido Domingo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556098 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 3
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    Wagner: Tannhauser / Eaglen, Barenboim, Staatskapelle Berlin
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    Composer:  Richard Wagner
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    The Leonard Bernstein Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002462302 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 64
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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,  Jane Eaglen  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
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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  ... 
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    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
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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
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    Angela Gheorgiu - Autograph
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564619047 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Alfredo Catalani,  Luigi Cherubini,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Roberto Alagna,  Inva Mula-Tchako,  Jacques Deleplancque  ... 
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    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  ... 
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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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    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  ... 
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    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
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