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
Verdi & Wagner - The Odeonsplatz Concert / Thomas Hampson, Ronaldo Villazon, Yannick Nezet-seguin
Release Date: 07/29/2014   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 716708   Number of Discs: 1
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Notturno - Strauss: Songs / Thomas Hampson, Wolfram Rieger
Release Date: 05/06/2014   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 002037002   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Don Carlo / Kaufmann, Hampson, Harteros, Pappano [Blu-ray]
Release Date: 06/03/2014   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 300577   Number of Discs: 1
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro [highlights]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002009102 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dawn Upshaw,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Paul Plishka,  Tatiana Troyanos  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine
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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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    Britten: War Requiem / Netrebko, Bostridge, Hampson, Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 15448 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Anna Netrebko,  Ian Bostridge,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Chorus,  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    The Verdi Opera Selection - Shakeseare [3-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107534 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Cesare Lana,  Antonello Ceron,  Rossana Rinaldi,  Barbara Frittoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Franz Welser-Möst,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Zurich Opera House Orchestra  ... 
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    Verdi: Simon Boccanegra / Zanetti, Hampson, Calleja, Opolais, Pisaroni
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001930002 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Joseph Calleja,  Luca Pisaroni,  Kristine Opolais  ... 
    Conductor:  Massimo Zanetti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Singakademie
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    Handel: Water Music - Masterpieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564651683 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Lowell Mason,  Anonymous
    Performer:  Richard [Tenor Vocal] Morton,  Felicity Palmer,  John Angelo Messana,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Jean-François Paillard,  Raymond Leppard,  Hugh Wolff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Les Musiciens du Louvre
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Hampson, Groves, Jarvi, Suisse Romande [blu-ray]
    Label: Video Artists Int'l   Catalog: 813 Release Date: 07/16/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Paul Groves,  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Thomas Hampson: 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844232 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Daniil Shtoda,  Timothy Robinson,  Geoffrey Parsons  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong,  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Wiener Staatsoper Live - Mozart, Verdi, Massenet
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107531 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Lorenzo Ragazzo,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Franz-Josef Selig  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Daniele Gatti,  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Hampson, Groves, Jarvi, Suisse Romande
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4559 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Paul Groves
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Va Pensiero, Sullali Dorate - Verdi's Life Told by Thomas Hampson
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2051048 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson
    Conductor:  Richard Armstrong
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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  • 22.
    Bizet: Carmen / Plasson, Gheorghiu, Alagna, Mula, Hampson
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 359402 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Roberto Alagna,  Inva Mula-Tchako,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  Les Elements Chamber Choir,  La Lauzeta
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    Massenet: Werther / Pappano, Alagna, Gheorghiu
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 359542 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Thomas Hampson,  Patricia Petibon,  Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  ... 
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tiffin Children's Choir
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  • 24.
    Essential Opera Divas
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 234522 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Véronique Gens,  Jessye Norman  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Fabio Biondi,  Christophe Rousset,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
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  • 25.
    Verdi: The Great Operas [35-CDs]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 167452 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Anne Edwards,  Matteo Manuguerra,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Renata Scotto  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  James Levine,  Tullio Serafin,  Antonio Pappano  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ambrosian Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus  ... 
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