Thomas Hampson

Preeminent American baritone Thomas Hampson's most recent San Francisco Opera appearance was Count Anckarström (Renato) in Un Ballo in Maschera in 2014. He has appeared with the Company as Rick Rescorla in the 2011 world premiere of Heart of a Soldier; 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. His discography of more than 150 albums includes winners of Grammy Awards, five Edison Prizes, and the Grand Prix du Disque. He carries the titles of Kammersänger of the Vienna State Opera and Commandeur 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. Hampson was made honorary professor at the faculty of philosophy of the University of Heidelberg in 2013 and holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music, Whitworth College, and San Francisco Conservatory. 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.