America's leading baritone, Thomas Hampson has been recognized for his versatility and breadth of achievement in opera, song, recording, research and pedagogy. The singer who hails from Spokane, Washington and studied with Sr. Marietta Coyle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Martial Singher, and Horst Günther, enjoys an international career that has taken him to all the world's most prestigious stages and concert halls and has made him one of today's most respected, innovative, and sought-after soloists.
Hampson's operatic roles span a wide range of repertoire from Rossini to Verdi and Puccini and from Monteverdi to Britten and Henze. Among his celebrated recent portrayals have been the title roles in Ambroise Thomas' HAMLET (Monte Carlo 1994 and San Francisco 1996), the Vicomte de Valmont, a characterization he created for the 1994 San Francisco world premiere of Conrad Susa/Philip Littell's THE DANGEROUS LIAISONS, and the Marquis of Posa in the original French version of Verdi's DON CARLOS in a Luc Bondy production for the Paris Châtelet and London's Covent Garden, while the 1996-1997 season will see him undertake his first Riccardo in Bellini's I PURITANI at the Metropolitan Opera and his first Eugene Onegin at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Soloist of choice for today's foremost conductors and the preeminent recitalist of his generation, Hampson has conceived and performed thoughtfully constructed programs which explore the rich diversity of song idioms, languages and styles. He has furthered his commitment to the art of song not only by teaching, but also by researching the repertoire, and designing multi-media projects like VOICES FROM THE HEART, a performance documentary on the music of Stephen Foster for the Hessischer Rundfunk/Arte network or I HEAR AMERICA SINGING, a program about the cultural contexts of American song which airs in January 1997 on WNET's GREAT PERFORMANCES.
The most prolific and diversely recorded artist of his generation, Hampson's discs appear on eight major labels, among them Angel/EMI with whom since 1993 he has made an exclusive commitment for the solo repertoire. Almost all of his recordings have received the rewards of the industry, including six Grammy nominations, two EDISON PRIZES, three 1994 GRAMOPHONE AWARDS, the 1992 GRAND PRIX DE LA NOUVELLE ACADÉMIE DU DISQUE, the GRAND PRIX DU DISQUE, the 1994 CHARLES CROS ACADEMIE DU DISQUE LYRIQUE, as well as the esteemed TOBLACHER PRIZE for his recent Mahler recordings. To these recording honors are added the 1997 CITATION OF MERIT FOR LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC & EDUCATION from the National Arts Club of America, 1994 Cannes Classical Awards MALE SINGER OF THE YEAR, 1994 German critics' ECHO PREIS for Best Male Singer, 1993 Classical Music Awards' MALE SINGER OF THE YEAR, MUSICAL AMERICA'S VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 1992, the MÜNCHENER ABENDZEITUNG'S STERN DES JAHRES 1992, the Music Academy of the West's first DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD as well as honorary membership in London's Royal Academy of Music, an honorary Doctor of Music from Whitworth College, ,and the recent distinction of performing at The White House.
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