Thomas Hampson

American baritone Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular 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. He is one of the most important interpreters of German romantic song, and with his celebrated Song of America project, has become the ›ambassador‹ of American song.

Hampson has received many honors and awards for his probing artistry and cultural leadership. His discography of nearly 200 albums includes winners of a Grammy Award, five Edison Prizes, the Grand Prix du Disque, and most recently the 2011 Singer of the Year ECHO Prize. He holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, Whitworth College (WA), and the San Francisco Conservatory, and is an honorary member of London's Royal Academy of Music. He carries the titles of ›Kammersänger‹ of the Vienna State Opera and the ›Commandeur dans 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. In 2010, Hampson was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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