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: Thursday, 18 November, to Saturday, 20 November 2021

Arrival: Thursday, 18 November 2021

Departure: Sunday, 21 November 2021, after breakfast

Course language: German and English

Public course times:

Thursday, 18 November, and Friday, 19 November, each 2-5pm and 7-9pm

Public closing concert:

Saturday, 20 November, 7.30pm

Fees and registration

Active participants

CHF 780.– (course fee, lodging in single room, full board; including a non-refundable CHF 200.– registration fee)

Closing date
Friday, 1 October 2021
The chosen singers will be announced by Friday, 8 October.

Künstlerhaus Boswil
Flurstrasse 21
CH-5623 Boswil
Phone +41 56 666 12 85


CHF 20.– course visitors per time slot (2-5pm or 7-9pm)

CHF 80.– course visitors full course

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)


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Künstlerhaus Boswil
Flurstrasse 21
5623 Boswil
+41 56 666 12 85