The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society has been awaiting the special guest, the world renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson, for many years. The famed Elbe Philharmonic Orchestra introduces him as the owner of the most beautiful baritone in the world, and the Metropolitan Opera Guild has hailed him as the “Met Mastersinger”. His career as a soloist includes more than 80 operatic roles and a discography of more than 170 albums, which have been nominated for or won prestigious awards such as the Grammy, the Edison and the Grand Prix du Disque. The American baritone’s intense concert itinerary is boosted by his teaching work, and alongside his frequent operatic engagements, the soloist also performs chamber music programmes. His repertoire includes numerous German Lieder, songs by Mahler and a colourful retrospective of vocal music by American composers, which is why he is often referred to as the “song ambassador”.
In the Vilnius Festival concert Hampson masterfully combines the two competences: singer and conductor. For the programme with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, he has chosen the monographic repertoire of Austrian composer Gustav Mahler’s vocal and symphonic music – the Philharmonic audience is presented with songs from the vocal cycle Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Boy’s Magic Horn), complemented by a poetic Blumine from the First Symphony Titan, filled with the balmy greenery of the nature and its intoxicating fragrances.
ORCHESTRA: LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
CONDUCTOR: THOMAS HAMPSON
BARITONE: THOMAS HAMPSON