Thomas Hampson



Thomas Hampson (born June 28, 1955, Elkhart, Indiana) is an American opera singer (baritone).

Thomas Hampson grew up in Spokane, Washington. He studied with Marietta Coyle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Martial Singher, and Horst Günther. In 1980 he took the second prize at the 's-Hertogenbosch International Vocal Competition, and in 1981 first place in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. In 1992, Hampson earned a BA degree in Government from Eastern Washington University.

As the protégé of the late Leonard Bernstein, Hampson recorded Gustav Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with him for Deutsche Grammophon, a recording that is widely appreciated. After this and up to the time of the conductor's death, Thomas Hampson contributed to many major Bernstein recordings.

Today considered one of America's leading baritones, Hampson's operatic repertoire spans a wide range of roles: the title roles in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, and Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin; Figaro in Rossini's Barber of Seville, Germont in Verdi's La traviata and more recently also Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal. In 2003 his recording of Wagner's Tannhäuser received the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. On 20 December 2008 he sang Athanaël in the Metropolitan Opera's Live in HD video transmission of Jules Massenet's Thaïs.

Thomas Hampson is also a celebrated lieder singer (Franz Schubert, Hugo Wolf, Joseph Marx, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and others) and a soloist of choice for the world's leading conductors. He is also noted for his renditions of Aaron Copland's Old American Songs. He has appeared in all major opera houses and concert halls. His impressive discography includes many award-winning recordings.

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Composers' compositions

Gustav Mahler
Mahler - Symphonies (Rattle)

Symphony / Symphonic music
Gustav Mahler
Oft denk' ich

Vocal & Symphonic