Thomas Hampson, whose European opera career has outpaced engagements in his native country, is now appearing with more frequency in U.S. opera houses. This month, San Francisco Opera welcomes the baritone's first stateside Macbeth; later this season, he'll sing Germont at Lyric Opera of Chicago and Don Carlo in the Met's Ernani. DAVID J. BAKER listens in.

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Photographed in Vienna by Johannes Ifkovits at Ottakringer Brauerei

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