Performance Monday, February 9, 2015 | 8 PM

Thomas Hampson
Wolfram Rieger

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
“Hampson has the extraordinary capacity to capture the poetic essence of a song and convey it directly to the listener’s mind and heart,” wrote The Washington Post of baritone Thomas Hampson. He brings his remarkable vocal gifts to Carnegie Hall in a not-to-be-missed recital.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • Thomas Hampson, Baritone
  • Wolfram Rieger, Piano


  • R. STRAUSS "Heimliche Aufforderung," Op. 27, No. 3
  • R. STRAUSS "Freundliche Vision," Op. 48, No. 1
  • R. STRAUSS "Mein Herz ist stumm, mein Herz ist kalt," Op. 19, No. 6
  • R. STRAUSS "Sehnsucht," Op. 32, No. 2
  • R. STRAUSS "Ruhe, meine Seele," Op. 27, No. 1
  • ZEMLINSKY "Mit Trommeln und Pfeifen," Op. 8, No. 3
  • MAHLER "Revelge"
  • HINDEMITH "O, nun heb du an, dort in deinem Moor," Op. 14, No. 2
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "Joy, Shipmate, Joy!"
  • VAUGHAN WILLIAMS "A Clear Midnight"
  • HINDEMITH "Sing on There in the Swamp"
  • IVES "Tom Sails Away"
  • IVES "The Things Our Fathers Loved"
  • IVES "In Flanders Fields"
  • JENNIFER HIGDON Civil Words (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
  • BURELEIGH "Ethiopia Saluting the Colors"
  • BONDS "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
  • BERGER "Lonely People"
  • BERNSTEIN "To What You Said" from Songfest

  • Encores:
  • BARBER "Sure on this Shining Night," Op. 13, No. 4
  • H. WOOD "Roses of Picardy"

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Thomas Hampson

    Preeminent American baritone Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as opera singer, recitalist, and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in research, education, outreach, and technology. He has performed in all of the world's important concert halls and opera houses with many of today's most renowned singers, pianists, conductors, and orchestras.

    Honored as a Metropolitan Opera Guild "Met Mastersinger" and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone's Hall of Fame, Mr. Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time. He recently added a new album to his Deutsche Grammophon discography titled Notturno, featuring songs by Richard Strauss.

    Mr. Hampson employs his passion for art song as founder and artistic director of the Hampsong Foundation, which creates diverse platforms for the study and proliferation of the art of classic song from around the world as a communication and understanding among cultures through their poetry and music. Projects include his celebrated Song of America project and the forthcoming Song: Mirror of the World radio series.

    Mr. Hampson's 2014-2015 season features debuts as well as reprisals of some of his best-known roles. He makes two role debuts, singing the four villains in Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann at the Metropolitan Opera and the title role in a new production of Chausson's Le roi Arthus at the Opéra national de Paris. He also revisits signature roles, including Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca at the Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera; Renato in Verdi's Unballo in maschera at San Francisco Opera; and Mandryka in Strauss's Arabella in his debut with the Semperoper Dresden, conducted by Christian Thielemann.

    Highlights of Mr. Hampson's concert engagements in 2014-2015 include performances with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Daniel Barenboim, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, Filarmonica della Scala with Christoph von Dohnányi, Vienna Symphony with Philippe Jordan, and Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with Gianandrea Noseda. He takes his celebrated lieder recitals to Herkulessaal in Munich, Semperoper Dresden, Linz Opera House, and the Vienna's Musikverein.

    Mr. Hampson's discography of more than 150 albums includes winners of Grammy Awards, five Edison Awards, 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 of the Republic of France, in addition to being 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, DC, and in 2008, he was named special advisor to the study and performance of music in America by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. Mr. Hampson was made honorary professor at the Heidelberg University in 2013 and holds honorary doctorates from Manhattan School of Music, Whitworth University, and San Francisco Conservatory. In 2010, he received the Library of Congress's "Living Legend" award.

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  • Wolfram Rieger

    Wolfram Rieger received his first piano lessons from his parents and later from Konrad Pfeiffer in Regensburg. He soon developed a deep affection for lied interpretation and continued his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich with famous lied pianists Dr. Erik Werba and Helmut Deutsch. After earning his diploma with distinction, he attended several master classes with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Even during his studies, he began teaching at the Hochschule für Musik until 1991, when he started his own lieder class for singers and pianists. In 1998, he became a professor of lied at Berlin's Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler. Mr. Rieger regularly holds master classes in Europe and Japan.

    Mr. Rieger is a regular guest artist at many important music centers and festivals throughout the world, including the Schubertiade Feldkirch, Schubertíada a Vilabertran, Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw, Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet, London's Wigmore Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Kölner Philharmonie. He appears both as recital accompanist and chamber musician with such renowned artists as Brigitte Fassbaender, Barbara Bonney, Juliane Banse, Michelle Breedt, Anja Harteros, Thomas Hampson, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Olaf Bär, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, Peter Schreier, Michael Schade, and the Cherubini, Vogler, and Petersen quartets.

    A prolific recording artist, Mr. Rieger is well represented on numerous CDs, many of which have received various awards. Other awards and distinctions include the honorary medal of the Associació Franz Schubert de Barcelona.

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At a Glance

The 2014–2015 season brings with it the intersection of myriad anniversaries of remarkable events. The acknowledgments of births and wars included in this program are not necessarily a dramatic through line, but instead serve as a kaleidoscopic reflection on individual lives and the civil context in which they existed.
Program Notes


Thomas Hampson speaks with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon
Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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This performance is part of Great Singers I.

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