Masterclass Thomas Hampson
The legendary singer Thomas Hampson is coming to Künstlerhaus Boswil for the first time to lead a 3-day-masterclass open to the public.
The Künstlerhaus Boswil is a centre for classical music offering concerts and diverse educational programmes. This heritage-protected venue is located in a picturesque landscape overlooking the Alps and provides guesthouse services.
The masterclass is designed for professional singers (post-graduates) between 22 and 30 years of age. For registration, a CV is required as well as video and/or audio recordings of two Lieder (one Schubert or Schumann, one of free choice within the course topic «Deutsches Lied, Schubert to Strauss»). The recordings should not be older than 10 months.
Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild «Met Mastersinger» and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s «Hall of Fame», Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. With an operatic repertoire of over 80 roles sung in all the major theaters of the world, his discography comprises more than 170 albums, which include multiple nominations and winners of the Grammy Award, Edison Award, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He received the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and was appointed the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence. In 2010, he was honored with a Living Legend Award by the Library of Congress, where he has served as Special Advisor to the Study and Performance of Music in America. Furthermore, he has received the famed Concertgebouw Prize.
Highlights of Thomas Hampson’s 2019/20 season include his return to the Wiener Staatsoper in his signature role of Giorgio Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, and his return to Teatro alla Scala for a role debut as Altair in Strauss’ Die ägyptische Helena. At Opernhaus Zürich, he creates the role of Jan Vermeer in the world premiere of Stefan Wirth’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, based on the American author Tracy Chevalier’s eponymous novel about the famous portrait study by Dutch master, Johannes Vermeer.
Deutsches Lied (Schubert to Strauss)
Course location and duration
Course dates: Saturday, 28 August, to Monday, 30 August 2021
Arrival: Friday, 27 August 2021, dinner at 7.30pm.
Departure: Tuesday, 31 August 2021, after breakfast
Course language: German and English
Public course times:
Saturday, 28 August, and Sunday, 29 August, each 2-5pm and 7-9pm Monday, 30 August, 11am-2pm
Public closing concert:
Monday, 30 August, 7.30pm
Fees and registration
CHF 780.– (course fee, lodging in single room, full board; including a non-refundable CHF 200.– registration fee)
Thursday, 10 June 2021
The chosen singers will be announced by Thursday, 17 June.
Phone +41 56 666 12 85
CHF 20.– course visitors half day
CHF 80.– course visitors full course
CHF 40.– closing concert
Fees may be paid either in advance or on the day of attendance.
Ticket sales for visitors (public courses/closing concert):
+41 56 666 20 66 (Mo, Di, Do, Fr 9.00–11.00 Uhr)