Preeminent American baritone Thomas Hampson returns to San Francisco Opera to create the role of Rick Rescorla. He has appeared with the Company as Ulysses (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria); Figaro (The Barber of Seville); the title roles of Hamlet and Macbeth; and as Valmont in the world premiere of The Dangerous Liaisons. Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer, and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, research, and technology. He has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many of today’s most renowned singers, pianists, conductors, and orchestras. 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, and with his celebrated “Song of America” project, he has become the “ambassador” of American song. His discography of more than 150 albums includes winners of a Grammy Award, two Edison Prizes, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Republic of France, and was awarded the Austrian Medal of Honor in Arts and Sciences in 2004. He is the 2009 Distinguished Artistic Leadership Award recipient from the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C., and in 2008 he was named special adviser to the study and performance of music in America by Dr. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress. In 2010, Hampson was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Library of Congress’s “Living Legend” award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to America’s diverse cultural, scientific, and social heritage.