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Hampson and Pisaroni team up for Classical Action on Mar 10

Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS continues its season of intimate house concerts on March 10, when it presents the US duo recital debut of renowned American baritone Thomas Hampson and his son-in-law, the rising star bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni. Joined by pianist Carrie-Ann Matheson, the singers present operatic arias and duets that are sure to delight all in attendance at the private Tribeca loft apartment of Classical Action supporters Simon Yates and Kevin Roon, who have graciously hosted all concerts in the Michael Palm Series since 2010. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served starting at 6:30pm, and the concert begins promptly at 7:30. Tickets for all concerts in the Michael Palm Series can be purchased online at or by calling Classical Action at (212) 997-7717.
Thomas Hampson joins Classical Action in advance of his opening night as Verdi’s Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera on March 15 and fresh off a US tour featuring repertoire inspired by his acclaimed “Song of America” radio series, syndicated by WFMT, and an appearance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on a program that was introduced by President Barack Obama. Luca Pisaroni returns to New York following his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut as Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo. Before his star turn in Chicago, Pisaroni had a string of hit performances at the Metropolitan Opera. His Leporello in this fall’s new Don Giovanni was judged “charismatic and compulsively watchable” by the New York Observer, while his turn alongside Plácido Domingo and Joyce DiDonato in The Enchanted Island – the Met’s Shakespearean pastiche with music by Handel, Vivaldi, and Rameau – was praised for its “dark-edged pathos” by Martin Bernheimer in the Financial Times and for its “sheer vocal charisma” by David Patrick Stearns in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The 2012 Michael Palm series closes on May 17 with a recital by Christine Brewer, recently named among the BBC’s top 20 sopranos of the 20th century, and pianist Craig Rutenberg.
Thomas Hampson enjoys a singular international career as a recitalist, opera singer, and recording artist, and maintains an active interest in teaching, research, and technology. The American baritone has performed in all of the world’s most important concert halls and opera houses with many renowned singers, pianists, conductors, and orchestras. Praised by the New York Times for his “ceaseless curiosity,” he is one of the most respected, innovative, and sought-after soloists performing today.
Luca Pisaroni was born in Venezuela and raised in Verdi’s hometown of Busseto, Italy. The bass-baritone made his professional debut at the Salzburg Festival at age 26 with the Vienna Philharmonic under Nikolaus Harnoncourt and undertook a successful run at the UK’s Glyndebourne Festival last summer with his role debut as Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo. A highlight of his 2011-12 season was his Metropolitan Opera role debut as Leporello in the new production of Don Giovanni.
Carrie-Ann Matheson is an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera, where she works on staff as pianist, prompter, and vocal coach. She has assisted such renowned conductors as James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Fabio Luisi, and Louis Langrée, and collaborated in recital with Marilyn Horne, Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Graham, Barbara Bonney, and Ruth Ann Swenson.
About Classical Action’s Michael Palm Series
Founded in 1993 by Charles Hamlen, Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS is a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations.  By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the classical, opera and jazz communities, Classical Action raises funds through private house concerts, special events, and recording and merchandising projects. Classical Action became a fundraising program of BC/EFA in 1997. Since its founding in 1988, Broadway Cares has raised more than $195 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States. Additional information is available at
Classical Action: Michael Palm Series 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Michael Palm Series
Thomas Hampson, baritone
Luca Pisaroni, bass-baritone
Carrie-Ann Matheson, piano
At the home of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon, New York City
Tickets are $250 ($175 tax-deductible)
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Christine Brewer, soprano
Craig Rutenberg, piano
At the home of Simon Yates and Kevin Roon, New York City
Tickets are $250 ($175 tax-deductible)
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