Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thomas Hampson & Luca Pisaroni team up to celebrate Verdi's 200th birthday

It's time for another teaming up of the father-in-law/son-in-law duo of Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni. A little over a year ago, we ran highlights from their concert in Heidleberg, Germany (unfortunately, they have been taken down!). This time the duo will be performing in Busseto, the home of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi.

Samuel Ramey & Thomas Hampson sing Il rival salvar tu dei... Suoni la tromba from I Puritani:

The program is not an all-Verdi, as one might expect. It includes Madamina, il catalogo è questo  from Mozart's Don Giovanni, Hai già vinta la causa from Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Vous qui faites l’endormie from Gounod's Faust, Vision fugitive from Massenet's Hérodiade, La calunnia from Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Sorgete… Duce di tanti eroi from Rossini's Maometto II. But there will be plenty of Verdi, including the thrilling "Restate" duet from Don Carlo, the Credo from Otello, and Perfidi… Pietà, rispetto, amore from Macbeth. They will close the official program with the crowd-pleasing duet from Bellini's I Puritani "Il rival salvar…Suoni la tromba."

Thomas Hampson sings "Perfidi… Pietà, rispetto, amore" from Macbeth     

The concert is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi. It will be held on June 16th at the Teatro All'Aperto in Busseto. Tickets are available by calling +39 0524.91753 or emailing

We are not aware of any live broadcasts of the performance, but will update our readers if we learn of one.

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