THE MET OPERA: Verdi’s La Traviata with Yoncheva, Giannattasio, Fabiano, Hampson, and Domingo 2017 by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
Soprano Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and baritone Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont; Nicola Luisotti conducts. Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York, February 24 – April 14, 2017.
American Baritone Thomas Hampson. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Soprano Carmen Giannattasio sings later performances of the title role opposite tenor Atalla Ayan, with baritone George Petean, and the great tenor Plácido Domingo as Germont on April 8, 11, 14, 2017; Nicola Luisotti conducts.
Tenor Plácido Domingo. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.
Our Met Feature: Thomas Hampson was born on June 28, 1955 in Elkhart, Indiana. He is a lyric baritone, a classical singer who has appeared world-wide in major opera houses and concert halls and made over 170 musical recordings. Hampson’s operatic repertoire spans a range of more than 80 roles, including the title roles in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Rossini’s Guillaume Tell and The Barber of Seville, Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. The center of his Verdi repertoire remains Posa in Don Carlo, Germont in La traviata, the title roles in Macbeth and Simon Boccanegra, and more recently also Amfortas in Wagner’s Parsifal and Scarpia in Puccini’s Tosca. As a recitalist Hampson has won worldwide recognition for his thoughtfully researched and creatively constructed programs that explore the rich repertoire of song in a wide range of styles, languages, and periods. He is one of the most important interpreters of German Romantic song – especially known for his interpretations of the music of Gustav Mahler – and, with his “Song of America” project collaboration with the Library of Congress, has become known as the “ambassador” of American song. Hampson’s diverse and expansive discography has earned him an Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement, four Edison Awards, four Echo prizes, numerous VEB Deutsche Schallplatten, Gramophone Awards, and Grand Prix du Disque, as well as six Grammy Award nominations, and one Grammy Award. Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf once said of her student, “[Thomas is] the best singer in Europe right now.”
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