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Thomas Hampson Baritone Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson has sung the title roles in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, Massenet's Werther in the original baritone version, Busoni's Doktor Faustus, Ambroise Thomas' Hamlet, Verdi's Macbeth & Simon Boccanegra, Mozart's Don Giovanni, as well as the world premiere of Cerha's Der Riese vom Steinfeld. Other roles include Germont in Verdi's La Traviata, Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser, the Marquis de Posa in Verdi's Don Carlos, Orest in Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride, Amfortas in Wagner's Parsifal and Mandryka in Strauss' Arabella (Paris). Raised in Spokane, Washington, Thomas Hampson studied with Sr. Marietta Coyle, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Martial Singher and Horst Günther. He is renowned for his versatility, performing in opera, operetta, musical, oratorio and recital, as well as his achievements in the fields of recording, research and pedagogy. Thomas Hampson holds honorary doctorates from both the Whitworth College, Spokane/Washington and the San Francisco Conservatory, as well as an honorary membership of London's Royal Academy of Music. He has been given the titles of Kammersänger by the Vienna State Opera and Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des letters by the Republic of France. He has also received an award from the National Arts Club of America given for his achievements in the fields of music and education. Almost all of his recordings have received awards, including six Grammy nominations, two Nederlands Edison Prizes, two Prix du Disque, three Gramophone Awards, the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Acadèmie du Disque, the Prize de Charles Cors Acadèmie du Disque Lyrique, the Echo Deutscher Schallplattenpreis and the Cannes Classical Award. Thomas Hampson was EMI-Artist of the Year 1997. His recording of Tannhäuser received the Grammy Award 2002 for Best Opera Recording. In addition to his long-time collaboration with EMI Thomas Hampson has recorded for all the major labels.

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