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Baritone Thomas Hampson takes his punches for opera on a BBC talk show.
August 6, 2013 The celebrated singer Thomas Hampson found himself in a verbal boxing match, defending opera and classical music from an unusually contentious host on a recent British talk show.
With the presidential election set for Tuesday, we take a look at operas that tackle today's toughest political issues.
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November 1, 2012 Terrorism, worrying about China and immigration from Mexico — these sound like topics for Obama vs. Romney, but these pressing political issues have also found their way into today's opera houses. Watch excerpts from five contemporary operas that grapple with these hot potatoes head-on.
German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau performing in England in 1962.
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May 30, 2012 The American baritone remembers one of his mentors and role models, and recommends several of his favorite recordings.
Thomas Hampson (left) stars as Rick Rescorla in the opera Heart of A Soldier, by Christopher Theofanidis, which receives its world premiere Sept. 10 at the San Francisco Opera.
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September 9, 2011 Opera is filled with heroes. But few are like Rick Rescorla, a decorated Army veteran who lost his life on Sept. 11 while saving 2700 others.
Baritone Thomas Hampson has long had a love for Gustav Mahler's music.
December 12, 2010 Ever since he stumbled across Gustav Mahler's first symphony on his car radio, baritone Thomas Hampson has been a devoted fan. The latest evidence is a fine new disc of Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' songs. Hear the album in its entirety one week before its release on Dec. 21.
Baritone Thomas Hampson has spent a substantial portion of his career singing the music of Gustav Mahler.
July 6, 2010 To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth, baritone Thomas Hampson hand-picks his favorite recordings and reflects on a career performing the vocal music of Gustav Mahler.
May 18, 2008 Gustav Mahler once said, "The symphony is a world; it must contain everything." For the famous composer, that meant writing symphonic music with the dramatic punch and poignancy of opera.
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