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Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Biography

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), Simon Boccanegra and the Four Villains (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), and in concert in the War Requiem and The Royal Opera in Concert.

Hampson’s discography of more than 170 albums includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Awards and the Grand Prix du Disque. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a Metropolitan Opera Guild ‘Met Meistersinger’. In 2009 he received the Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first Artist-in-Residence. In 2010 he was honoured with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he is Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. In 2011 he was awarded the Concertgebouw Prize and named ECHO Klassik’s Singer of the Year for the fourth time.

Hampson was made honorary professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Heidelberg and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Whitworth University and San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honour in Arts and Sciences.

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News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of <em>Les Contes d'Hoffmann</em> in cinemas?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Les Contes d'Hoffmann in cinemas?

15 November 2016

John Schlesinger's classic Royal Opera production was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

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.

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