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Thomas Hampson

Baritone

Biography

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

In the 2013/14 Season American baritone Thomas Hampson sings Scarpia (Tosca) for The Royal Opera. Previous roles for the Company have included Posa (Don Carlos), Amfortas (Parsifal), Mandryka (Arabella), Renato (Un ballo in maschera), Macbeth, Giorgio Germont (La traviata) and Simon Boccanegra.

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 in the 2012/13 season included Posa and Britten’s War Requiem at the Salzburg Festival, Simon Boccanegra in Vienna, Amfortas in Chicago, Scarpia at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, his role debut as 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 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 inducted into Gramophone’s 2013 Hall of Fame.

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News and features

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.

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