The Hampster is grilled but not fried by Sarah Montague for BBC News HARDtalk. He discusses how to get people interested in opera, what he thinks about elevator music, and why singers cancel.
Hampson is making some valid and well articulated points here. He is correct about many things in my opinion. Feels like the discussion could go a lot further and that he could have a lot of practical ideas on how to keep the medium of opera alive and accessible to more and more people.
01 August 2013 at 08:26 AM
Magnificent Thomas Hampson! Now I admire him even more than back in my studying years, and wish he won't cancel on August 22 for his Salzburg "Don Carlos"! The utilitarian approach to life -and art- of the obviously ignorant journalist, have brought us, in a way, to where we are now. When you have 100 radios all playing the profitable Lady Gaga (personally I didn't knew who she was until a few years ago) is like not having anyone. The power and impact of an art form can transcend language barriers, that' why we enjoy greek drama, No theatre, or opera. And that makes us "richer", even bankrupted, and our lives worth living.
01 August 2013 at 02:23 PM
You may already have seen this, but I wrote a letter to the BBC to complain about Sarah Montague's shoddily-researched, misleading and aggressive questioning which presented stereotype as fact and treated Hampson as an evasive politician.
The letter quickly went viral. The BBC's reply, and my thoughts on that, are on my blog at greeninkninja.blogspot.co.uk
Intermezzo replies - I don't share your opinions, but than you for your comment.
09 August 2013 at 12:39 PM
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