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Thomas Hampson



Thomas Hampson in action.
Thomas Hampson in Simon Boccanegra, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2013

American baritone Thomas Hampson made his Royal Opera debut in 1993 as Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and has since returned to sing roles including Marcello (La bohème), Posa (Don Carlos), Amfortas (Parsifal), Mandryka (Arabella), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Macbeth, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Simon Boccanegra, in the War Requiem and in The Royal Opera in Concert. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann).

Hampson studied political science and government at Eastern Washington State College and singing at Fort Wright College, the University of Southern California and on the Merola Opera Program. Engagements have included Posa and the War Requiem at the Salzburg Festival, Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, Amfortas in Chicago, Scarpia (Tosca) for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Iago (Otello) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the title role in Mathis der Maler for Zürich Opera. He appears on over 150 recordings, including on winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards and the Grand Prix du Disque, and in 2011 was named ECHO Klassik’s Singer of the Year for the fourth time.

In 2003 Hampson established the Hampsong Foundation to promote intercultural dialogue through song. For the Library of Congress he is Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America and produced with them the highly acclaimed Song of America project, and in 2010 received their Living Legend Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, is a Metropolitan Opera Guild ‘Met Meistersinger’, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music and a Vienna State Opera Kammersänger. Hampson was also featured in Gramophone’s 2013 Hall of Fame.


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Your reaction: Simon Boccanegra

Your reaction: Simon Boccanegra

28 June 2013

A selection of audience tweets from the first night of Elijah Moshinsky's production of Verdi's political thriller.

Thomas Hampson on Simon Boccanegra: ‘Dramatic, beautiful and rewarding’

Thomas Hampson on Simon Boccanegra: ‘Dramatic, beautiful and rewarding’

11 April 2013

The American baritone on how the piece reflects Verdi’s own life, opera as theatre and his philanthropic work.

Thomas Hampson: A true "Mastersinger"

Thomas Hampson: A true "Mastersinger"

25 February 2013

We profile the American baritone, who appears in Simon Boccanegra this summer.