Motivated to promote cultural understanding across continents, Opera for Peace works to develop the next generation of opera professionals to become ambassadors of sound values, acting as a positive influence on society and future generations. During a week in June 2022, Opera for Peace gathered a group of young artists from across the globe in Rome to learn from each other and a number of singers with established careers. This film features six singers who followed masterclasses with Thomas Hampson and Lawrence Brownlee.
Thomas Hampson, one of the world’s leading baritone, who has received many honours and awards for his artistry and cultural leadership. He enjoys a singular international career, recording more than 150 albums in a discography that includes a Grammy, five Edison Awards, and the Grand Prix du Disque. Through the Hampsong Foundation which he founded in 2003 he employs the art of song to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. Lawrence Brownlee is a leading figure in opera, both as a tenor on the world's top stages, and as a voice for activism and diversity in the industry. Captivating audiences and critics around the globe, he has been hailed as “an international star in the bel canto operatic repertory” (The New York Times).
Baritone and Opera for Peace Adviser
Tenor and Opera for Peace Ambassador
Pianist and Opera for Peace Artistic & Musical Adviser
‘The coloring of a voice is your thought, your imagination, your intent to communicate. The two things I want to share with you: The clearer your thoughts the better your singing, and your technical physical ability to produce sound is without question the Alpha and Omega of everything you want in your life. This balance is something that we as singers must be attentive to. You cannot start putting yourself out here. The believability factor is completely born of the reason you chose to sing that song at that moment.’
‘These masterclasses are all about supporting young artists. It’s about helping a singer understanding his or her voice and how to make it work. This is a process so they get comfortable enough in what they’re doing and are able do it again. Knowing how you can produce something true over and over again is how we become masters of our own voice.’