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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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther


Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie)

Orchestre e Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris, Michel Plasson, Stage direction: Benoît Jacquot

Originally released on DVD in October 2010, Werther is the first in a series of new BLU-RAY transfers planned for 2014.

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The original DVD received a host of outstanding international reviews.

“Soulful eyes, charismatic, a heartfelt voice: Kaufmann makes a perfect Werther, and Koch is a worthy partner in Benoit Jacques's staging. The only blot is the camera's visits backstage.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

“Kaufmann's singing...is rich and often extremely beautiful...[Koch] is a touching and dignified Charlotte...the playing is thoughtful and intense, and every care is taken over detail” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“[on DVD] it comes beautifully to life, with Sophie Koch’s Charlotte much more involving in close-up than she was at a distance and Jonas Kaufmann an absolute dream of a Werther. Their scorching Act 3 duet will simply blow your head off.” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011

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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)

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.

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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

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

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Wagner: Kaufmann Sings

Wagner: Kaufmann Sings

Recorded at the Semper Oper Dresden, 2013


Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Faust Overture, WWV59

Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab! (from Rienzi)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhäuser)

Tannhäuser: Overture


Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

C Major presents a star cast production including Christian Thielemann, one of the most respected conductors of our time and Jonas Kaufmann, who will perform at the MET again February 2014.

This DVD and Blu-ray presents overtures and famous tenor scenes including: Die Fliegende Holländer: Overture; Rienzi: Allmächt ger Vater and Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen.

Subtitles: G, E, F, S, Chin & Kor

Sound Format DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G, F

Total Running Time: 117 Minutes

“an extraordinary space inhabited by extraordinary musicians...Thielemann’s Wagner credentials are not in doubt, and he shows a masterful ear for unfolding Wagner’s paragraphs...He is on top form, bringing all of his baritonal warmth to the portrayals of these tortured heroes. It helps that you can see him too as his empathy with the characters is very strong.” MusicWeb International, 25th March 2014

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Wagner: Kaufmann Sings

Wagner: Kaufmann Sings

Recorded at the Semper Oper Dresden, 2013


Henze:

Fraternité

Wagner:

Der fliegende Holländer: Overture

Faust Overture, WWV59

Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab! (from Rienzi)

Lohengrin: Prelude to Act 1

In fernem Land (from Lohengrin)

Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhäuser)

Tannhäuser: Overture


Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

C Major presents a star cast production including Christian Thielemann, one of the most respected conductors of our time and Jonss Kaufmann, who will perform at the MET again February 2014.

This DVD and Blu-ray presents overtures and famous tenor scenes including: Die Fliegende Holländer: Overture; Rienzi: Allmächt ger Vater and Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen.

Subtitles: G, E, F, S, Chin & Kor

Sound Format Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

Picture: 16:9, HD

Booklet: E, G, F

Total Running Time: 117 Minutes

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Marschner, H A: Der Vampyr

Marschner, H A: Der Vampyr


Jonas Kaufmann stars in this specially priced opera release.

Marschner’s fateful drama is of Scottish origin and embodies all the central ideas of Dark Romanticism – demonic curses and guilty secrets.

Among the audience at the premiere performance of the "Vampire" in 1828 at the Sächsisches Hoftheater in Leipzig was 15-year-old Richard Wagner.

“Kaufmann sings the hero to Hawlata's villain in this enjoyable account of Marschner's 1828 Gothic thriller, a work that influenced Wagner and which can still send a shiver down the spine.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2014 ****

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Jonas Kaufmann: The Verdi Album

Jonas Kaufmann: The Verdi Album


Verdi:

La donna è mobile (from Rigoletto)

Se quel guerrier io fossi!…Celeste Aida (from Aida)

Di' tu se fedele (from Un ballo in maschera)

Forse la soglia attinse (from Un ballo in maschera)

Ah sì ben mio (from Il trovatore)

Erika Grimaldi (Leonora), Giovanni Gregnanin (Ruiz)

Di quella pira (from Il trovatore)

Oh! fede negar potessi (from Luisa Miller)

Quando le sere al placido (from Luisa Miller)

O inferno!...Sento avvampar nell'anima (from Simon Boccanegra)

Dio, che nell'alma infondere (from Don Carlo)

Franco Vassallo (Rodrigo)

La vita è inferno … O tu che in seno (from La Forza del Destino)

Destatevi, o pietre... Giuri ognun questo canuto (from I Masnadieri)

Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali (from Otello)

Franco Vassallo (Jago)

Niun mi tema (from Otello)

O figli … Ah, la paterna mano (from Macbeth)


Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Pier Giorgio Morandi

One of the finest singers of our time and the world’s leading tenor, Jonas Kaufmann presents his personal tribute to one of opera’s most beloved composers, Giuseppe Verdi.

To celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the great masters birth, this stunning new album features a fabulous collection of his most popular arias, including “La donna e mobile” (Rigoletto), “Celeste Aida” (Aida), “Di quella pira” (Il Trovatore) and “Niun me tema” (Otello).

Recorded in the composer’s home city of Parma, this outstanding new recording is sure to be one of the highlights of the composer’s Anniversary year.

“his musicianship melds with his keen interpretative intelligence to achieve real and extraordinary success...Otello on stage may still be ahead of him, but he explores the depths of 'Dio mi potevi' and 'Niun mi tema' with a purpose many distinguished Latin tenors would struggle to summon up.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2013 *****

“Our spines tingle at Kaufmann’s force; but we shiver too at his sudden moments of quiet reverence or desolation. Kaufmann’s expert control of dynamics has never been so impressive, nor has the sheer weight of tone currently at his command. His theatrical flair is also impressive” The Times, 20th September 2013 *****

“these great Verdi moments, even ripped out of context, are believably dramatic...Kaufmann is served well by the Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, the woodwind particularly lovely.” The Independent, 22nd September 2013 ****

“a huge achievement resulting in some thrilling singing...But his employment of volume of tone (to emphasise a heroic, or at least central, presence?) does not serve his chosen repertoire equally well. As Otello of course it works well, as it does for Manrico” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

“Unusually for a singer noted for interpretative subtlety, he's at his best in I Masnadieri and Il Trovatore where Verdi is at his most upfront. You get a sense of how good he might be one day as Otello and, above all, as Radames” The Guardian, 10th October 2013 ***

“He comes into his own as Don Carlo, Don Alvaro from La forza del destino and, above all, Otello — where his dark timbre and dramatic delivery of the text rank with the finest on disc.” Sunday Times, 27th October 2013

“he has clearly thought through the changes needed for an authentic Verdi style. The results are thrilling. Kaufmann’s singing is characterized by clarity of diction and a fine range of vocal colour, though it must be said that his plush, dark-toned voice is more suited to the heavier rather than the more lyrical roles...Nevertheless, there is some wonderful singing here.” Irish Times, 3rd January 2014

“there’s just the right amount of greasepaint – and ample opportunity for him to display his massive dynamic range...the real high point is that foretaste of Otello, the role which many consider him born to sing. This is where Kaufmann’s gift for nuanced psychological drama really comes home to roost.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 16th September 2013

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - October 2013

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The Best of Jonas Kaufmann

The Best of Jonas Kaufmann


Bizet:

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

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Cilea:

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

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Giordano, U:

Amor ti vieta (from Fedora)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Gounod:

Quel trouble inconnu me pénètre… Salut! Demeure chaste et pure (from Faust)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Leoncavallo:

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

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Mascagni:

Apri la tua finestra (from Iris)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Intanto amici…Viva il vino spumeggiante (Brindisi)

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Massenet:

Pourquoi me reveiller (from Werther)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Mozart:

Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön (from Die Zauberflöte)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Puccini:

Che gelida manina (from La Bohème)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso (from La Rondine)

Renee Fleming (soprano)

Refice:

Ombra di Nube

Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano

Strauss, R:

Cäcilie, Op. 27 No. 2

Verdi:

Io l'ho perduta (from Don Carlos)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Lunge da lei…De’ miei bollenti spiriti (from La Traviata)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Ella mi fu rapita! (from Rigoletto)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Wagner:

Winterstürme wichen dem Wonnemond (from Die Walküre)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Claudio Abbado

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Marco Armiliato

Weber:

Ich juble in Glück und Hoffnung neu (from Oberon)

sung in English as 'I revel in hope and joy'

Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Sir John Eliot Gardiner


Showcasing the unique variety and quality of Kaufmann’s award-winning recordings for Decca, this album contains some of the best-loved operatic repertoire and of roles performed by Kaufmann, conducted by masters such as Abbado, Pappano and Gardiner and recorded in resplendent Decca sound.

Central to the collection are the two great nineteenth-century operatic geniuses Verdi and Wagner, coinciding with their 200th anniversaries. Kaufmann is probably the only tenor able to sing both Italian and German opera with equal aplomb.

It also features extracts from some of the greatest works in the operatic canon including arias by Puccini, Bizet and Mozart, as well as two recordings of Mascagni and Richard Strauss which are NEW TO CD. He is joined by Renée Fleming for the duet from Puccini’s 'La Rondine'.

Accolades for Kaufmann’s Decca recordings have been plentiful, with recent awards including 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.

"The colour, the elegance and the sheer beauty of tone in his singing are truly exceptional” The Guardian

“the full range of his characterisation is well represented...perhaps the most impressive example of his ability to inhabit a role is in “Io l’ho perduta!”, where his beautiful fading “Ahime!” in the closing line conveys all the wretched despair of Don Carlo’s betrayal.” The Independent, 7th September 2013 ****

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time

Preceding acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012. This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala’s Music Director.

A superb quartet of soloists – Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elīna Garanča and René Pape – stamp their authority on this terrific performance.

“The magnificent full-throated chorus project in a manner liable to rip off the La Scala roof. And the soloists too trail opera glory...Barenboim, meanwhile, does everything to encourage bold attack from players and singers; even his pauses tremble. All told, it’s a thrilling account.” The Times, 13th September 2013 ****

“an optimum line-up of soloists for our time...Garanca’s lush mezzo sounds like an Amneris in waiting in the Lux aeterna; Pape is a rock in the bass soloist’s pronouncements...I wouldn’t want to be without Kaufmann’s searing Ingemisco and moving, introverted Hostias…” Sunday Times, 22nd September 2013

“It's a thoughtful, considered interpretation that places the emphasis not so much on the terrors of divine judgment as on mankind's suffering in the face of the unknown...the end result makes up in compassion for what it sometimes lacks in visceral excitement.” The Guardian, 10th October 2013 ****

“this performance, exciting and occasionally thrilling though it is, is not remotely Italian...It's a 'through-composed' linked-up performance, paced withy a dramatic curve that makes even the punchiest Italian-led ones...feel like number opera...The non-Italian soloists are in good fearless voice and aurally well integrated into this concept.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Barenboim's interpretative view is grand in conception, with the La Scala performers offering him sufficient depth and richness of tone...the four soloists form a quartet finely balanced in vocal weight and proficiency...this is an impressive account.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - November 2013

Decca - 4785245

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Verdi: Requiem

Verdi: Requiem


A Verdi Requiem with a dream line-up of soloists and the forces of La Scala, Milan, directed by one of the greatest maestros of our time.

Preceding acclaimed performances at the Lucerne and Salzburg Festivals, Barenboim and his magnificent partners recorded this masterpiece around a live performance at La Scala, Milan, in 2012. This marks the first audio recording by Barenboim in his role as La Scala’s Music Director.

A superb quartet of soloists – Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elīna Garanča and René Pape – stamp their authority on this terrific performance.

“Barenboim's interpretative view is grand in conception, with the La Scala performers offering him sufficient depth and richness of tone...the four soloists form a quartet finely balanced in vocal weight and proficiency...this is an impressive account.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 ****

“this performance, exciting and occasionally thrilling though it is, is not remotely Italian...It's a 'through-composed' linked-up performance, paced withy a dramatic curve that makes even the punchiest Italian-led ones...feel like number opera...The non-Italian soloists are in good fearless voice and aurally well integrated into this concept” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“an optimum line-up of soloists for our time...Garanca’s lush mezzo sounds like an Amneris in waiting in the Lux aeterna; Pape is a rock in the bass soloist’s pronouncements...I wouldn’t want to be without Kaufmann’s searing Ingemisco and moving, introverted Hostias” Sunday Times, 22nd September 2013

“It's a thoughtful, considered interpretation that places the emphasis not so much on the terrors of divine judgment as on mankind's suffering in the face of the unknown...the end result makes up in compassion for what it sometimes lacks in visceral excitement.” The Guardian, 10th October 2013 ****

“The magnificent full-throated chorus project in a manner liable to rip off the La Scala roof. And the soloists too trail opera glory...Barenboim, meanwhile, does everything to encourage bold attack from players and singers; even his pauses tremble. All told, it’s a thrilling account.” The Times, 13th September 2013 ****

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