01 Nov 2010
Thomas Hampson, baritone and Living Legend, exhilarates with American songs
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
By Cecelia Porter [Washington Post, 30 October 2010]
Thomas Hampson, the celebrated baritone of the opera stage and recital hall, enraptured a capacity audience at the Library of Congress on Thursday with examples from his Song of America Project and Gustav Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn" settings -- all music that has deservedly become identified with Hampson.