How Not to Fail at Opera

In his imposing baritone, Thomas Hampson cautions aspiring opera singers that "Fortune favors the prepared mind."

Silence for a Day

From the mall to the car, music is always in our ears. Opera singer Thomas Hampson discusses the impact that technology has on song.

Song of Ourselves

The classical musician explains Walt Whitman's begrudging encounter with Italian opera, and the indelible mark this meeting has had on the American song.

Music as Self-Understood

Classical musician Thomas Hampson recounts a singing childhood with an operatic debut at age 19.