Part of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival
The tenth annual Heidelberg Lied Academy was scheduled to take place in April 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. The Academy was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
Under the artistic direction of Thomas Hampson, and with the contribution of such prominent artists – and fellow song enthusiasts – as Hartmutt Höll, Graham Johnson, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Quasthoff and Wolfram Rieger, among others, the Academy transforms the German city of Heidelberg into an international meeting point for the Lied (classic song) every spring. Young singers from around the world converge to study the art of Lieder performance.
#Need4Lied (April 6, 2020)
Bariton Thomas Hampson, künstlerischer Leiter der Lied Akademie des Heidelberger Frühling, spricht darüber, wieso das Lied auch in diesen Zeiten aktueller denn je ist und Trost spenden kann.
Lied Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling Festival & Pierre Boulez Saal (Berlin)
Continuing a new tradition, the Schubert Week returned to the Pierre Boulez Saal in January 2020. As in previous years, the program was curated by Thomas Hampson, who opened the festival in 2020 with a performance of Winterreise, Schubert’s most celebrated song cycle.
During the Schubert Week, young singers from the Festival Akademie of the Heidelberger Frühling are to be heard in a public workshop and several concerts in the Pierre Boulez Saal, under the tutelage of Thomas Hampson and colleagues. Hampson is the artistic mastermind behind the project. Select master classes and performances are broadcast live via Facebook every year.
About the Heidelberg Lied Academy
The Heidelberg Lied Academy is part of the annual Heidelberger Frühling Festival. Under the artistic direction of Thomas Hampson, and with the contribution of such prominent artists – and fellow song enthusiasts – as Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Quasthoff and Wolfram Rieger, the Academy transforms the German city into an international meeting point for the Lied (classic song). No city could make a more appropriate home for the Academy than Heidelberg, a place that epitomizes German Romanticism, the era that produced the greatest flowering of the art form.
Ranging well beyond the confines of the traditional master class, the Academy’s aim is to give young singers a variety of tools for well-informed text-based song interpretation. The credo of the Lied Academy, reflective of Hampson’s passionate belief in the uniquely expressive power of song, is that singers should tell stories, for only then can they really reach today’s audiences. Thus, in addition to attending daily classes, the selected visiting fellows attend an array of workshops and lectures on the interpretation of poetry and the mysterious ways it is set to music.
“The model, idealistically speaking, is Tanglewood – the kind of American festival campus atmosphere with educational events and performances. It’s an oasis of a two week seminar for young singers who need to regroup and gather together everything they need to get at the heart of what songs are all about. Why are they written? Why are songs cultural identifiers, regardless of the culture or epoch they come from? This informing process enlivens the technical process. I do the bulk of the teaching, but Thomas Quasthoff is splitting the duties with me this year. Lieder professor, and one of my long-time collaborators, pianist Wolfram Rieger, will be teaching during the second week of the Academy as well. We also have a series of lectures by some of the most important German literature experts who know about music history as well. My friend Jens Malte Fischer, well known in America for his Mahler biography, heads the lectures series, which we work on together. It’s all very exciting stuff – and lots of fun. This is a passion of mine and it is very important to me.” ~ Thomas Hampson
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