Friday, July 17  |  6:30PM

Opening Night: Song of America with Thomas Hampson at Castello di Amorosa

Doors open at 6:00 pm

The beloved baritone Thomas Hampson, an international opera star with a passion for American music, kicks off the Festival with his bountiful Song of America: Beyond Liberty, which traces the development of American song from the 1700s to the present day. Joined by acclaimed pianist Lara Downes, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and a chamber ensemble, Hampson will sing and talk about psalm settings and African-American spirituals, Gershwin, Copland, and other defining American composers and poets. Pairing music, poetry, rhetoric, and history, Hampson introduces audiences to his unique examination of Americana.

 

Performers

Thomas Hampson
Thomas Hampson

Thomas Hampson, America’s foremost baritone, has received international honors and awards for his captivating artistry and cultural leadership. Lauded as a Metropolitan Opera Guild “Met Mastersinger” and inducted into both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame,” Hampson is one of the most respected and innovative musicians of our time.

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Young People's Chorus of New York City
Young People's Chorus of New York City

The Young People's Chorus of New York City is a multicultural youth chorus internationally renowned not only for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship, but as a model for an inclusive society that is being replicated globally. Founded by Artistic Director Francisco J. Núñez, this groundbreaking program harnesses the power of music to fulfill the potential of every child.

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Venue

Castello di Amorosa

Rising above the hills in the Napa Valley is Castello di Amorosa, which translates to the “castle of love” in Italian.  Castello di Amorosa is an authentically-styled, thirteenth century Tuscan castle winery replete with high walls, five defensive towers, and over 30 acres of estate vineyards.  It was built over a 14-year period by Dario Sattui, a fourth generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, California. 

Castello di Amorosa