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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Puccini: La fanciulla del West

Puccini: La fanciulla del West


A celebrated new production of Puccini’s La fanciulla del West from the Vienna State opera featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Nina Stemme. Staged by Marco Arturo Marelli, who sets it in a modern-day mining village, with the feel of a gritty modern drama, during the American gold rush of 1849. An unlikely setting for an Italian opera, but one that has a happy ending. It tells the tale of Minnie, the bartender in the saloon whom all the local men adore, and Dick Johnson alias Ramerrez, a notorious bandit. Dick and Minnie fall in love on first meeting, so much so that he vows to change his life as a bandit, sung by two contemporary great singers: Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann. A new production from Marco Arturo Marelli brought one of Puccini’s rarely performed works to the Vienna State Opera stage in September 2013. Jonas Kaufmann in his role debut as the wanted and notorious bandit Ramerrez proves ideally cast, full of power, with his breathtakingly beautiful baritone timbre. "Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann are the opera’s must-see couple for a generation… The rich playing of the Vienna orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst shows up the colour and detail of Puccini’s score to spectacular effect” Financial Times.

“The star couple are on top form...In the theatre Stemme sounded one size larger vocally than Kaufmann but the tenor's burnished tone and romantic magnetism come across impressively on disc. Tomasz Konieczny does well not to be upstaged as a searingly forceful Jack Rance...The combined strengths of this performance make Son'y DVD a clear first choice among recent releases.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma - Vinyl Edition

Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma - Vinyl Edition

The Puccini Album


Puccini:

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Oh, sarò la più bella...Tu, tu, amore? (from Manon Lescaut)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Ah, Manon mi tradisce (from Manon Lescaut)

Ah! Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son (from Manon Lescaut)

Ei giunge!...Torna ai felici di (from Le Villi)

Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo (from Edgar)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Una parola sola! … Or son sei mesi (from La Fanciulla del West)

Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (from La Fanciulla del West)

Parigi! E la citta dei desideri (from La Rondine)

Hai ben ragione (from Il tabarro)

Avete torto! (from Gianni Schicchi)

Firenze è come un albero fiorito (from Gianni Schicchi)

Non piangere, Liù! (from Turandot)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)


Now available on vinyl, the UK #1 classical album and world’s leading tenor Jonas Kaufmann’s first release fully devoted to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. Released on CD 11th Sept '15, Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album went straight in at No. 1 in the UK classical charts and achieved an unprecedented Top 30 album chart position. This is the first time a Puccini recital album has ever achieved a Top 30 position on the main album chart. Jonas Kaufmann sings a selection of the composer’s incredible tenor arias drawn from Puccini’s greatest operas, including Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and La fanciulla del West, amongst others. The album culminates with the mighty aria “Nessun dorma”, the indisputable ‘greatest-of-the-greats’, the most recognized aria amongst the general public, immortalized by the 3 Tenors’ concert in Rome, the day before the football world cup finale 1990. Jonas couldn’t have a better team for this album – with celebrated Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano directing his renowned Italian orchestra & choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.

“All the operas (except the all-female Suor Angelica) are represented, ending with a pinging, thrilling Nessun Dorma. It’s as far from Pavarotti as you can get, yet still captures the essence of Puccini.” The Observer, 6th September ****

“On stage he is remarkably invested in character and text, in other words in being somebody else rather than himself. The best of Nessun Dorma — and Kaufmann’s best is peerless — shows how well he can do that even on record, assisted by the vivid playing of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome under Antonio Pappano.” The Times, 11th September 2015 ****

“Kaufmann may be an artist capable of immense interpretative subtlety, but as with his earlier discs of Verismo and Verdi he never short-changes in terms of the heart-on-sleeve theatricality that so much of this music demands...You'd have to try pretty hard, I think, not to enjoy this disc immensely, at least if you modify your memory to erase any traces of Pavarotti...Puccini's tenor writing is often associated with a rather more 'golden' sound than Kaufmann's essentially coppery one, but once you adjust to that everything's glorious.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 11th September 2015

“Although he does not sound very Italian, Kaufmann draws strength from staying true to himself, a gloriously bronze-voiced German tenor, welding musicianship with smouldering emotion...Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra fire up every track with native Italian passion.” Financial Times, 18th September 2015 ****

“Kaufmann's reassuringly expensive-sounding voice finding luxurious and ardent support from Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra…Dick Johnson suits his poetico-heroic manner well…and there are few quibbles with Kaufmann in the title track, delivered (as the disc's finale) with his trademark purring, mahogany-tinged tone and rising to a ringing top B.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“With its smoky sheen, earthy colorings and heft, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann’s voice may not seem born to the red-sauce Puccini idiom. But he brings abundant lyricism and exciting ardor to this intelligent program.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

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Ten Top Tenors

Ten Top Tenors


includes

Bellini:

Ecco, signor, la sposa (from Adelson e Salvini)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Bernstein:

Maria (from West Side Story)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Bizet:

La fleur que tu m'avais jetée (from Carmen)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pêcheurs de Perles)

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Brodszky:

Be My Love

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Caccini, G:

Ave Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Capua:

O sole mio

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Cardillo:

Core 'ngrato

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Cilea:

La dolcissima effigie (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Curtis, E:

Torna a Surriento

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Denza:

Funiculì-Funiculà

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Donizetti:

Una furtiva lagrima (from L'elisir d'amore)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Ah! mes amis, quel jour de fête! (from La Fille du Régiment)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Com'é gentil…Tornami a dir (from Don Pasquale)

Juan Diego Florez (tenor)

Franck, C:

Panis Angelicus

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Andrea Bocelli (tenor)

Handel:

Ciel e terra armi di sdegno (from Tamerlano)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Ombra mai fu (from Serse)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Hardelot:

Because

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Kalman:

Wenn es Abendd … Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Lehár:

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

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Morricone, E:

Cinema Paradiso: love theme

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Mozart:

Wenn der Freude Tränen fließen (from Die Entführung aus dem Serail)

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

Puccini:

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Jose Carreras (tenor)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Joseph Calleja (tenor)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Ramirez, A:

Misa Criolla: Kyrie

Jose Carreras (tenor)

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rossini:

Soirées musicales: La Danza

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Sorozábal:

La Taberna del Puerto – ‘No puede ser’

Placido Domingo (tenor)

Tosti:

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Fritz Wunderlich (tenor)

L'alba separa dalla luce l'ombra

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Verdi:

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Libiamo, ne' lieti calici (from La Traviata)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

Questa o quella (from Rigoletto)

Rolando Villazon (tenor)

Wagner:

Mein lieber Schwan (from Lohengrin)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)


This 2CD album brings together ten of the most famous tenors, performing nearly 50 of the greatest arias of all time. It also features a 16-page booklet with everything you need to know about each tenor – nationality, short biography, best recording, trivia and more – in an appealing and witty design.

Disc One contains 24 operatic arias, opening with the all-time tenor of tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, singing Nessun Dorma. Juan Diego Flórez delivers the astonishing Ah mes amis (with its 9 top Cs) in supreme style, Villazón sings Verdi and Handel, while Jonas Kaufmann can be heard in Puccini, Bizet (Carmen) and even Wagner.

Disc Two contains film themes, Neopolitan songs, Sicilian songs, sacred music and others. Highlights include Andrea Bocelli’s Ave Maria (from his best-selling Sacred Arias album); Joseph Calleja singing the “love theme” from Cinema Paradiso, Plácido Domingo with No Puedo Ser and José Carreras singing Granada.

THE BOOKLET was designed in the style of collectable sport cards book, featuring

- Photos

- Short biographies

- Curious facts

- Quotes

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut


Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut), Maurizio Muraro (Gerontes) & Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Royal Opera House Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

London’s Royal Opera House presented Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut in June 2014. Jonathan Kent did a modern update to the 19th century classic.

'From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.' THE INDEPENDENT

'Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.' LONDON EVENING STANDARD

'Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality' THE GUARDIAN

“Kaufmann is a gloriously ardent Des Grieux, recklessly embarking upon an emotional journey almost as distressing as that of the heroine herself. Kristine Opolais matches him in a performance that combines tenderness with wilfulness and a kind of doomed personal integrity exemplified in her vocal line. And Pappano brings his customary sense of style to the music.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“do not pass up the chance to see the power and achievement of Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais in the lead roles. Even in this day and age, to see (and hear) such uninhibited physical master of stage parts in opera is not so common - and everyone from the artists themselves to the director, designers and video director should be prasied…around them the support is terrifically sharp, the well-placed chorus included” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut


Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut), Maurizio Muraro (Gerontes) & Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Royal Opera House Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

London’s Royal Opera House presented Jonathan Kent’s new production of Manon Lescaut in June 2014. Jonathan Kent did a modern update to the 19th century classic.

'From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.' THE INDEPENDENT

'Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.' LONDON EVENING STANDARD

'Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality' THE GUARDIAN

“Kaufmann is a gloriously ardent Des Grieux, recklessly embarking upon an emotional journey almost as distressing as that of the heroine herself. Kristine Opolais matches him in a performance that combines tenderness with wilfulness and a kind of doomed personal integrity exemplified in her vocal line. And Pappano brings his customary sense of style to the music” BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

“do not pass up the chance to see the power and achievement of Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais in the lead roles. Even in this day and age, to see (and hear) such uninhibited physical master of stage parts in opera is not so common - and everyone from the artists themselves to the director, designers and video director should be prasied…around them the support is terrifically sharp, the well-placed chorus included” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma

Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma

The Puccini Album (Deluxe version)


Puccini:

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Oh, sarò la più bella...Tu, tu, amore? (from Manon Lescaut)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Ah, Manon mi tradisce (from Manon Lescaut)

Ah! Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son (from Manon Lescaut)

Ei giunge!...Torna ai felici di (from Le Villi)

Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo (from Edgar)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Una parola sola! … Or son sei mesi (from La Fanciulla del West)

Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (from La Fanciulla del West)

Parigi! E la citta dei desideri (from La Rondine)

Hai ben ragione (from Il tabarro)

Avete torto! (from Gianni Schicchi)

Firenze è come un albero fiorito (from Gianni Schicchi)

Non piangere, Liù! (from Turandot)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as “The world’s greatest tenor”, Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. Featuring the most loved aria of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more. Together with Jonas Kaufmann, this album includes celebrated Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano and his renowned orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.

Deluxe version includes a bonus DVD with a short ‘Making Of’ feature and excerpts from upcoming DVD releases Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West, with additional photos.

“All the operas (except the all-female Suor Angelica) are represented, ending with a pinging, thrilling Nessun Dorma. It’s as far from Pavarotti as you can get, yet still captures the essence of Puccini.” The Observer, 6th September 2015 ****

“On stage he is remarkably invested in character and text, in other words in being somebody else rather than himself. The best of Nessun Dorma — and Kaufmann’s best is peerless — shows how well he can do that even on record, assisted by the vivid playing of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome under Antonio Pappano.” The Times, 11th September 2015 ****

“Kaufmann may be an artist capable of immense interpretative subtlety, but as with his earlier discs of Verismo and Verdi he never short-changes in terms of the heart-on-sleeve theatricality that so much of this music demands...You'd have to try pretty hard, I think, not to enjoy this disc immensely, at least if you modify your memory to erase any traces of Pavarotti...Puccini's tenor writing is often associated with a rather more 'golden' sound than Kaufmann's essentially coppery one, but once you adjust to that everything's glorious.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 11th September 2015

“Although he does not sound very Italian, Kaufmann draws strength from staying true to himself, a gloriously bronze-voiced German tenor, welding musicianship with smouldering emotion...Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra fire up every track with native Italian passion.” Financial Times, 18th September 2015 ****

“If you want a Puccini tenor bulging with Italian vocal muscle, or a voice with top notes that ping off his dress studs, then Jonas Kaufmann is not your man. But for an artist working with a conductor who makes you rethink Puccini's heroes as deeply flawed individuals, then this is the album…the voice is now as much dark chocolate as light caramel; but for intelligence and commitment, is there another tenor nowadays who can hold a candle to Kaufmann?” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015 ****

“With its smoky sheen, earthy colorings and heft, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann’s voice may not seem born to the red-sauce Puccini idiom. But he brings abundant lyricism and exciting ardor to this intelligent program.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

Presto Disc of the Week

11th September 2015

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Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma

Jonas Kaufmann: Nessun Dorma

The Puccini Album


Puccini:

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Oh, sarò la più bella...Tu, tu, amore? (from Manon Lescaut)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Ah, Manon mi tradisce (from Manon Lescaut)

Ah! Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son (from Manon Lescaut)

Ei giunge!...Torna ai felici di (from Le Villi)

Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo (from Edgar)

O soave fanciulla (from La Bohème)

Kristine Opolais (soprano)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

Addio, fiorito asil (from Madama Butterfly)

Una parola sola! … Or son sei mesi (from La Fanciulla del West)

Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano (from La Fanciulla del West)

Parigi! E la citta dei desideri (from La Rondine)

Hai ben ragione (from Il tabarro)

Avete torto! (from Gianni Schicchi)

Firenze è come un albero fiorito (from Gianni Schicchi)

Non piangere, Liù! (from Turandot)

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Described by The Daily Telegraph as “The world’s greatest tenor”, Jonas Kaufmann dedicates his new album to the most popular Italian opera composer of all time, Giacomo Puccini. Featuring the most loved aria of all time, ‘Nessun Dorma’, alongside stunning pieces from Manon Lescaut, La Boheme, Tosca and more. Together with Jonas Kaufmann, this album includes celebrated Royal Opera House conductor Antonio Pappano and his renowned orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.

“All the operas (except the all-female Suor Angelica) are represented, ending with a pinging, thrilling Nessun Dorma. It’s as far from Pavarotti as you can get, yet still captures the essence of Puccini.” The Observer, 6th September 2015 ****

“On stage he is remarkably invested in character and text, in other words in being somebody else rather than himself. The best of Nessun Dorma — and Kaufmann’s best is peerless — shows how well he can do that even on record, assisted by the vivid playing of the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome under Antonio Pappano.” The Times, 11th September 2015 ****

“Kaufmann may be an artist capable of immense interpretative subtlety, but as with his earlier discs of Verismo and Verdi he never short-changes in terms of the heart-on-sleeve theatricality that so much of this music demands...You'd have to try pretty hard, I think, not to enjoy this disc immensely, at least if you modify your memory to erase any traces of Pavarotti...Puccini's tenor writing is often associated with a rather more 'golden' sound than Kaufmann's essentially coppery one, but once you adjust to that everything's glorious.” Presto Classical

“Although he does not sound very Italian, Kaufmann draws strength from staying true to himself, a gloriously bronze-voiced German tenor, welding musicianship with smouldering emotion...Pappano and his Santa Cecilia orchestra fire up every track with native Italian passion.” Financial Times, 18th September 2015 ****

“Kaufmann's reassuringly expensive-sounding voice finding luxurious and ardent support from Antonio Pappano and his Santa Cecilia Orchestra…Dick Johnson suits his poetico-heroic manner well…and there are few quibbles with Kaufmann in the title track, delivered (as the disc's finale) with his trademark purring, mahogany-tinged tone and rising to a ringing top B” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“With its smoky sheen, earthy colorings and heft, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann’s voice may not seem born to the red-sauce Puccini idiom. But he brings abundant lyricism and exciting ardor to this intelligent program.” New York Times, 11th December 2015

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The Age of Puccini: Jonas Kaufmann

The Age of Puccini: Jonas Kaufmann


Boito:

Dai campi, dai prati (Mefistofele)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Giunto sul passo estremo (from Mefistofele)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Cilea:

È la solita storia 'Lamento di Federico' (from L'Arlesiana)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

La dolcissima effigie (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Un dì, all' azzurro spazio (from Andrea Chénier)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Come un bel dì di maggio (from Andrea Chénier)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Vicino a te (from Andrea Chénier)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Leoncavallo:

Recitar!...Vesti la giubba (from I Pagliacci)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Testa adorata (from La bohème)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Mascagni:

Apri la tua finestra (from Iris)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Viva il vino spumeggiante (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Mamma, quel vino (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Ponchielli:

Si… questa estrema grazia (from I Lituani)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Cielo e mar! (from La Gioconda)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Puccini:

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

recorded August 2007

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

recorded August 2007

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso (from La Rondine)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Zandonai:

Giulietta, son io (from Giulietta e Romeo)

recorded March 2010

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano


Jonas Kaufmann, the tenor of our time, takes us to The Age of Puccini. This collection showcases the unique quality of Kaufmann’s award-winning recordings of best-loved Italian operatic ‘verismo’ repertoire for Decca.

This album contains some of Kaufmann's greatest roles recorded in resplendent Decca sound. He is joined by Renée Fleming for the duet from Puccini’s 'La Rondine'.

Accolades for Kaufmann’s Decca recordings include the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille.

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Decca - 4788746

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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)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, 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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