Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor

Jonas Kaufmann

Born in Munich in 1969, Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most exciting singers of his generation: after spending several years singing lyric roles, he was engaged by the Zürich Opera in 2001, where his role debut as Florestan heralded a move into more dramatic repertoire and attracted widespread critical attention. Numerous important international engagements followed, including an acclaimed Don Jose at Covent Garden in 2006 (available on DVD from Decca). Equally successful in French, Italian and German repertoire, Kaufmann's versatility is showcased in 'Romantic Arias', his debut disc for Decca, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2008. His disc of German operatic arias for the same label demonstrates his particular affinity for Beethoven, Weber and especially Wagner.

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Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin


Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin), Anja Harteros (Elsa), Wolfgang Koch (Telramund), Michaela Schuster (Ortrud), Christof Fischesser (König Heinrich), Evgeny Nikitin (Herald)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Kent Nagano (conductor) & Richard Jones (stage director)

Richard Jones’s radical new production of Lohengrin was the talk of the 2009 Munich Festival. It was also a triumph for Jonas Kaufmann in the title role — “the finest heldentenor since Jon Vickers” (La Scena Musicale). Die Welt added that they “could not think of any cast more perfectly matched, so youthfully enthralling, in short: so wonderful …”. With striking costumes and designs by Ultz —and directed by Maestro Kent Nagano — it represents a bold new Lohengrin for today’s world.

‘’This is the Lohengrin voice of dreams: both romantic and heroic, with a gentle, well-nourished warmth, capable of a perfectly graduated diminuendo to pianissimo.’’ John Steane, Gramophone, 2010

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Emily Magee (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi), Thomas Hampson (Scarpia), Valeriy Murga (Angelotti), Giuseppe Scorsin (Sagristano)

Orchestra of the Opera House, Zurich, Paolo Carignani

“Kaufmann is so eloquent that the deficiencies flying around him on stage vanish as soon as he opens his mouth...A modest word of praise, too, for Giuseppe Scorsin as the Sacristan, characterfully bumbling round Anthony Ward’s annoying sets in his pullover with holes...But the music that matters comes from Kaufmann’s throat, mellifluously convincing no matter what the production’s ills.” The Times, 13th May 2011 ***

“Vocally, the honours here go to Jonas Kaufmann whose Cavaradossi is wonderfully sung...On this sort of form, there isn’t a tenor to touch him in this repertoire at the moment. Emily Magee has a Wagnerian-sized soprano capable of circumnavigating the role of Tosca with ease...Thomas Hampson makes for a suave and slimy Baron Scarpia” Opera Britannia, 30th June 2011 ***

“Part of the reason why it works so well is that the three principals are such good actors, turning in dramatic performances that are full of subtle details. Emily Magee's Tosca is sympathetic and proud, cunning and thoughtful...Hampson brings sly understatement and intelligence to the role...Kaufmann is a terrific Cavaradossi...for a new take on an old warhorse, this release has much to recommend it.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Robert Carsen’s production of Tosca for Zurich has one good idea and then gets rather stuck within its own self-imposed parameters. ‘Tosca as diva’ is the be-all and end-all...That’s fine until the drama becomes real or intimate, at which point there’s the basic question of what is fantasy and what’s not.” Opera Now

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Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

A live performance from Berlin and the 'Berlin 1930' TV Documentary


The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary. NB German-language documentary

Accompanying the new album, the DVD & Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.

Filmed live at Berlin’s majestic Funkhaus Nalepastraße.

The DVD & Blu-ray also include the “Berlin 1930” TV Documentary. Jonas Kaufmann traces the paths of the great singers and composers who defined this celebrated era. Through his personal exploration of old Berlin, interwoven with archival film footage and private interviews, he presents a fascinating look at the social and political currents that influenced this music and ultimately the musicians' lives.

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Du bist die Welt für mich

Du bist die Welt für mich

(You mean the world to me) Blu-ray


The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary.

Accompanying the new album, the DVD & Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.

Filmed live at Berlin’s majestic Funkhaus Nalepastraße.

The DVD & Blu-ray also include the “Berlin 1930” TV Documentary. Jonas Kaufmann traces the paths of the great singers and composers who defined this celebrated era. Through his personal exploration of old Berlin, interwoven with archival film footage and private interviews, he presents a fascinating look at the social and political currents that influenced this music and ultimately the musicians' lives.

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Du bist die Welt für mich

Du bist die Welt für mich

(You mean the world to me) Super-deluxe version


 

It Must Be Wonderful

Abraham:

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände (from Victor und ihr Husar)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Diwanpüppchen (from Die Blume von Hawaii)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Heymann:

Irgendwo auf der Welt (from Der Blonde Traum)

Kalman:

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Künneke, Eduard:

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk (from Die Grosse Sünderin)

Lehár:

Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt (from Paganini)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett (Serenade from Frasquita)

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

May, H:

Ein Lied geht um die Welt

Spoliansky:

Heute Nacht oder nie (from Das Lied einer Nacht)

Stolz, R:

Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt (from Das Liebeskommando)

Frag nicht, warum ich gehe (from Das lied ist aus)

Tauber:

Du bist die Welt für mich


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International Jewel Case Version

Signed picture of Jonas

2 Postcards & Calendar

DVD of the Berlin Concert

Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935.

He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally.

Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.


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“Kaufmann’s affinity with this material goes far beyond his matinee-idol image...He must surely have one of the widest dynamic ranges of any singer around, which pays especially rich rewards in this music: the ‘crooner’ numbers never sound either oversung or undersupported, even in the upper reaches of the voice...For me, though, it’s the big dramatic showpieces that really bring the house down” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2014

“Kaufmann sings more heroically than the lyric tenors Richard Tauber and Joseph Schmidt, who made songs by Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and co international hits. But it’s thrilling to hear a Siegmund voice in Lehar’s best-known Tauber Lied, You Are My Heart’s Delight, and Freunde, das Leben ist Lebenswert.” Sunday Times, 26th October 2014

“Kaufmann offers a more intimate, less full-throated approach than [Tauber or Schmidt], but it's highly effective and both his musicianship and his attention to text are characteristically impeccable. Also noteworthy are the orchestrations, which - wherever possible - are the originals, and elsewhere stylish copies...Kaufmann devotees will find him the perfect matinee idol.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014 *****

“It should be wonderful - and it sometimes is. Kaufmann certainly has the vocal range to deliver both the heroics of Kunneke's 'Lied vom Leben des Schrenk' and the close-to-the-mic smooch of Abraham's 'Diwanpuppchen'...But he sounds at times uncertain of what emotional line to take...But nobody in this country...should be put off a chance to hear such repertoire so well sung.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“it’s hard not to be charmed by these plushly upholstered melodies, especially if they are consumed in small doses. Kaufmann is always an intelligently stylish singer, and here he cleverly lightens his timbre and manner to give each number...the appropriate air of easy and spontaneous sensuality...Aficionados of the genre will be enthralled.” The Telegraph, 11th January 2015

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You Mean the World to Me

You Mean the World to Me


Abraham:

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände (from Victor und ihr Husar)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Diwanpüppchen (from Die Blume von Hawaii)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Benatsky:

Es muss was wunderbares sein

It Would Be Wonderful Indeed

Heymann:

Irgendwo auf der Welt (from Der Blonde Traum)

Kalman:

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Künneke, Eduard:

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk (from Die Grosse Sünderin)

Lehár:

Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt (from Paganini)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

You Are My Heart's Delight

Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett (Serenade from Frasquita)

My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

sung as 'Je t'ai donné mon coeur'

May, H:

Ein Lied geht um die Welt

My Song Goes Around The World

Spoliansky:

Heute Nacht oder nie (from Das Lied einer Nacht)

Stolz, R:

Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt (from Das Liebeskommando)

Frag nicht, warum ich gehe (from Das lied ist aus)

Don't Ask Me Why

Tauber:

Du bist die Welt für mich


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935. He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally. Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.

“Kaufmann’s affinity with this material goes far beyond his matinee-idol image...He must surely have one of the widest dynamic ranges of any singer around, which pays especially rich rewards in this music: the ‘crooner’ numbers never sound either oversung or undersupported, even in the upper reaches of the voice...For me, though, it’s the big dramatic showpieces that really bring the house down.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2014

“Kaufmann sings more heroically than the lyric tenors Richard Tauber and Joseph Schmidt, who made songs by Lehar, Kalman, Stolz and co international hits. But it’s thrilling to hear a Siegmund voice in Lehar’s best-known Tauber Lied, You Are My Heart’s Delight, and Freunde, das Leben ist Lebenswert.” Sunday Times, 26th October 2014

“Kaufmann offers a more intimate, less full-throated approach than [Tauber or Schmidt], but it's highly effective and both his musicianship and his attention to text are characteristically impeccable. Also noteworthy are the orchestrations, which - wherever possible - are the originals, and elsewhere stylish copies...Kaufmann devotees will find him the perfect matinee idol.” BBC Music Magazine *****

“It should be wonderful - and it sometimes is. Kaufmann certainly has the vocal range to deliver both the heroics of Kunneke's 'Lied vom Leben des Schrenk' and the close-to-the-mic smooch of Abraham's 'Diwanpuppchen'...But he sounds at times uncertain of what emotional line to take...But nobody in this country...should be put off a chance to hear such repertoire so well sung.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“it’s hard not to be charmed by these plushly upholstered melodies, especially if they are consumed in small doses. Kaufmann is always an intelligently stylish singer, and here he cleverly lightens his timbre and manner to give each number...the appropriate air of easy and spontaneous sensuality...Aficionados of the genre will be enthralled.” The Telegraph, 11th January 2015

BBC Music Magazine

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Production from The Met

Stage direction: Des McAnuff

Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.

”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar… was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.” The New York Times.

Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances.

Alongside Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” René Pape as Méphistophélès and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Also released in March 2014 is Werther on Blu-Ray featuring Jonas Kaufmann.

Subtitles: English, French, German, Chinese, Korean

“Here the Met plays a fistful of trumps. Jonas Kaufmann is an ardent Faust and, in smart evening clothes, is as stylish sartorially as he is vocally...Pape is a wickedly cynical Mephistopheles...But the star is Marina Poplavskaya's Marguerite...[she] makes you hear the Ballad of the King of Thule, the Jewel aria and the love duet as if the ink was scarcely dry on the page.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Following the success of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut album on Sony Classical, The Verdi Album, Sony Classical are pleased to release its first recital disc with the world’s top tenor. Along with Franz Schubert’s earlier song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise is generally considered the composer’s greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise song cycle (Winter Journey) is set to 24 poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert a year before his death in 1827. After over 20 years of working together and countless performances of Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and his piano-partner Helmut Deutsch finally commit the Olympus of the Lied repertoire to disc. What started as a teacher-student relationship at the Münchner Hochschule für Musik und Theater has long since developed into a close professional partnership. Helmut Deutsch is recognised as one of the world's foremost Lieder pianists.

Jonas Kaufmann says about the work: “Against the background of all the horror stories that bombard us today, we are undoubtedly rather more hardened than Schubert’s contemporaries and yet even today’s listeners can still find this cycle affecting. Even as interpreters we always find ourselves sucked into the emotional undertow of these songs, although we know perfectly well what to expect. I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. The work has an almost meditative effect on me, because Schubert expressed these emotional depths with a clarity and a simplicity that I ultimately find consoling and that allows me to regain my own inner balance.”

Following worldwide success in the Italian as well as in the German and French repertoire, today Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as the ‘king of tenors’. The Munich-born singer is, without a doubt, in the absolute top echelon of the operatic world – he is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors and opera houses, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance, wherever he performs.

In addition to singing at the world’s leading opera houses (the Met, Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House London etc.), he also performs at the Salzburg Festival each year and reaches an audience of millions with broadcasts of opera in cinemas and on television.

In 2011 he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as the jury of the German ECHO Klassik, voted Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”. He received this honour in April at the first International Opera Awards in London and was at the same time the winner of the Readers’ Award. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. His constant accompanist on the piano is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked since they studied together in Munich. Among their countless lieder evenings, 30 October 2011 was a special date in musical history: it was the first solo recital to be given in the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.

Austrian born pianist Helmut Deutsch taught at the Musikhochschule Wien between 1967 and 1979, before holding the position of Professor of Lied Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München between 1986 & 2011. He regularly is invited to guest professor at various Universities. He is one of the leading authorities on Lied, and has won many prizes for his numerous recordings accompanying the world's top singers.

“the German tenor’s stage experience shows in his vivid emotions and searing fortissimos. Lieder skills come through even more strongly. Words are clearly enunciated. Dynamics are carefully graded, along with the arc of each song. There’s also his close rapport with the responsive Deutsch...Flexibility and textual clarity are the two assets that put this Winterreise in the top class.” The Times, 21st February 2014

“Even shelves heaving with Winter’s Journeys should find space for Kaufmann’s...Few tenor versions of this great cycle are sung with such depth of tone, so wide a spectrum of colours or such a poetic a response to Müller’s texts. In Deutsch, Kaufmann has an ideal travelling companion.” Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014

“Kaufmann has come to this music at the right time...Each of these 24 songs is stamped with integrity and seriousness of purpose...The most striking qualities are its artless simplicity, its vocal poise and sheer musicality, drawing maximum purchase on the dark beauty of Kaufmann’s timbre.” Financial Times, 22nd February 2014 *****

“There are plentiful examples of [Kaufmann's] artistry in his Winterreise, especially of his perfectly judged pianissimo singing and apparently infinite range of shading, while pianist Helmut Deutsch provides tactful support. But it's still all just a bit too theatrical” The Guardian, 28th February 2014 ***

“Recordings of this cycle by dramatic tenors are few and far between, and the result is staggering - as if Don José or Otello had decided against homicide in favour of raging through the snow!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“febrile, emphatic, close to melodrama.” The Observer, 16th March 2014 ****

“For sheer vocal splendour, Jonas Kaufmann is unrivalled in Winterreise since Jon Vickers...[his] combination of vocal beauty and verbal sensitivity (his diction always a model), and the fastidiously textured and coloured playing of Helmut Deutsch, make this new recording an important addition to the vast Winterreise discography.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Every nuance of the text is reflected and enacted – so much so that some listeners may find the approach too ‘operatic’. Yet the vividness of the journey...is utterly convincing. A superb partnership, with recorded sound to match.” Classical Music *****

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, SP, IT

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“a fine-looking production...Kaufmann’s Parsifal looks and sounds the part and is well-paced. Evgeny Nikitin’s Klingsor seems to enjoy raising the rafters...Peter Mattei’s Amfortas steals the show with his gleaming baritone and anguished acting – a superb assumption.” Opera Now ****

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“a fine-looking production...Kaufmann’s Parsifal looks and sounds the part and is well-paced. Evgeny Nikitin’s Klingsor seems to enjoy raising the rafters...Peter Mattei’s Amfortas steals the show with his gleaming baritone and anguished acting – a superb assumption.” Opera Now ****

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