Thomas Hampson

Hampson in June 2014

American lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings.

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Hampson in June 2014

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Music Academy of the West

Classical music-training program in Montecito, California.

Classical music-training program in Montecito, California.

Thomas Hampson (1978, 1979)

San Francisco War Memorial Opera House

San Francisco Opera

American opera company founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) based in San Francisco, California.

American opera company founded in 1923 by Gaetano Merola (1881–1953) based in San Francisco, California.

San Francisco War Memorial Opera House
San Francisco Opera programs, 1934–36
Kurt Herbert Adler (1966)

Many went on to international careers, among them Carol Vaness and Thomas Hampson.

Carlo Cornaglia's depiction of Act IV (the original Act V) in the 1884 La Scala production

Don Carlos

Five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller.

Five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi to a French-language libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the dramatic play Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien by Friedrich Schiller.

Carlo Cornaglia's depiction of Act IV (the original Act V) in the 1884 La Scala production
Giuseppe Verdi, about 1870
Title page of a libretto for performances at the Teatro Pagliano in Florence in April–May 1869 which used the Italian translation by Achille de Lauzières
Jean Morère, the original Don Carlos
Francesco Tamagno, the Don Carlo in the 1884 Italian version
The historical Don Carlos - portrait by Sofonisba Anguissola, 1560
The historical Elizabeth of Valois, by Juan Pantoja de la Cruz, 1565
Set design by Carlo Ferrario from the première of the Milan version, Act I, Scene 2 (Act II, Scene 2 in the unrevised version)
The historical Princess of Eboli, Ana de Mendoza, by unknown artist
Baril Gédéon, "Il Maestro Verdi", cartoon by Le Hanneron, 14 March 1867. (Museum of the Paris Opera)
Marie Sasse as Elisabeth
Costume design for Charles V, act 5
Poster depicting the death of Rodrigo in the King's presence

The performance by the Paris cast (March 1996), was conducted by Antonio Pappano with Roberto Alagna as Don Carlos, Karita Mattila as Elisabeth, Thomas Hampson as Rodrigue, José Van Dam as Philippe II and Waltraud Meier as Eboli.

Seal of Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University

Public university in Cheney, Washington.

Public university in Cheney, Washington.

Seal of Eastern Washington University
Seal of Eastern Washington University
Pomeroy Building, which served as the temporary home of Cheney Normal School for 1893–96 (photographed in 2015)
Showalter Hall at Eastern Washington University, viewed northwest from 5th Street
Hargreaves Hall (photographed in 2015)
Roos Field

Thomas Hampson, Grammy-nominated opera singer

Edison award 1961

Edison Award

Annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry.

Annual Dutch music prize awarded for outstanding achievements in the music industry.

Edison award 1961
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Anneliese Rothenberger and Edo de Waart with their Edison awards at the Grand Gala du Disque Classique on October 3, 1969.

2005 Thomas Hampson

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions

Annual singing competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera.

Annual singing competition sponsored by the Metropolitan Opera.

Metropolitan Opera and Lincoln Center

Thomas Hampson (1981)

Poster for the premiere

Hamlet (Thomas)

Grand opera in five acts of 1868 by the French composer Ambroise Thomas, with a libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier based on a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, père, and Paul Meurice of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Grand opera in five acts of 1868 by the French composer Ambroise Thomas, with a libretto by Michel Carré and Jules Barbier based on a French adaptation by Alexandre Dumas, père, and Paul Meurice of William Shakespeare's play Hamlet.

Poster for the premiere
Harriet Smithson as Ophelia (1827)
Alexandre Dumas, père
Cover of the piano-vocal score of Thomas' Hamlet (1868)
Jean-Baptiste Faure as Hamlet; by Édouard Manet in 1877
Christine Nilsson as Ophélie
Rehearsal for the 1875 revival at the Palais Garnier
Act 2, scene 2: setting by Charles-Antoine Cambon for the original production at the Paris Opéra (Salle Le Peletier)
Nellie Melba as Ophélie, by Henri Gervex
Mignon Nevada as Ophélie

In his review of the recording with Thomas Hampson as Hamlet, Barrymore Laurence Scherer says "Thomas captures Hamlet's shadowy malaise in both vocal line and somber accompaniment ... The intimacy of the recording provides Thomas Hampson with ample opportunity to make the most of the relationship between words and music..."

USC Thornton School of Music

Private music school in Los Angeles, California.

Private music school in Los Angeles, California.

Credit: USC Thornton School of Music
Bing Theatre
Credit: USC Thornton School of Music

Thomas Hampson, lyric baritone

Leonid Sobinov as Vladimir Lensky, 1898

Eugene Onegin (opera)

Eugene Onegin, Op.

Eugene Onegin, Op.

Leonid Sobinov as Vladimir Lensky, 1898
Alexander Pushkin

1992 Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor), Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Thomas Hampson (Onegin), Neil Rosenshein (Lensky), Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (Tatiana), Patricia Bardon (Olga), Linda Finnie (Larina), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Filipyevna), John Connell (Gremin), Nicolai Gedda (Triquet), Richard Van Allan (Zaretsky/A captain)

Theater an der Wien

Der Wien is a historic theatre in Vienna located on the Left Wienzeile in the Mariahilf district.

Der Wien is a historic theatre in Vienna located on the Left Wienzeile in the Mariahilf district.

Theater an der Wien, 1815
Theater an der Wien interior
The Theater an der Wien during the period it emphasized Broadway musicals. The Broadway-style marquee was removed in 2005.
Stained glass window by Carl Geyling's Erben, made around 1900 for the theatre
Entrance wing facing Naschmarkt, redesigned in 2006
Papageno Gate in Millöckergasse
The Beethoven memorial displayed on the exterior wall of the theatre. The text reads, "Ludwig van Beethoven lived in the Theater an der Wien in 1803 and 1804. Parts of his opera, the Third Symphony, and the Kreutzer Sonata were written here. Fidelio and other works received their first performance in this house."

Franz Schubert's Fierrabras (1988), conducted by Claudio Abbado, staged by Ruth Berghaus, and starring Thomas Hampson, Karita Mattila, and László Polgár