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Interview with Baritone Thomas Weinhappel

Thomas Weinhappel, baritone, was born near Vienna and at the age of seven was accepted into the Vienna Boys Choir, leading to international travel as an alto soloist. Mr. Weinhappel later attended the Opera School of the Vienna Conservatory, completing his Master’s at the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna before studying Lied and oratorio with Eva Blahova, Kurt Moll, Walter Berry and Gundula Janowitz.

What do you get out of doing a concert series like Salute to Vienna?

The North American audience gives me an enormous amount of strength and energy. Performing the mellifluous music of my home country of Austria, and receiving the wonderful applause of the audience, brings me to the point where my happiness no longer knows any boundaries. The special warm-hearted cheers from my North American spectators get under my skin. Their affectionate enthusiasm enthrals me completely!

How do you spend your time when you aren’t working?