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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Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita


Anzi:

Voglio vivere così

Cardillo:

Core 'ngrato

Cottrau:

Fenesta che lucive

Crescenzo, V:

Rondine al nido

Curtis, E:

Ti voglio tanto bene

Torna a Surriento

Dalla:

Caruso

Gastaldon:

Musica proibita

Leoncavallo:

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Musumarra:

Il canto

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Tagliaferri:

Passione


Includes Live concert from Torino and charming TV documentary film "My Italy" presented by Jonas himself. A 'must-have' for fans!

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

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

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

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Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden

Opera Gala: Live from Baden-Baden


Bizet:

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle 'Habanera' (from Carmen)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Bock, J:

If I were a rich man (from Fiddler on the Roof)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Boito:

Son lo Spirito che nega (from Mefistofele)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Cilea:

Acerba volutta (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

L'anima ho stanca (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Gounod:

Le veau d'or est toujours debout (from Faust)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

Lehár:

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

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Mascagni:

Son pochi fiori (from L'Amico Fritz)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Tu qui, Santuzza? (from Cavalleria Rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Voi lo sapete o mamma (from Cavalleria rusticana)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Puccini:

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Verdi:

Giá nella notte densa (from Otello)

Anja Harteros (soprano), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Ella giammai m'amò (from Don Carlo)

Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)

O don fatale (from Don Carlo)

Ekaterina Gubanova (mezzo)

Tu che le vanità (from Don Carlo)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Morrò, ma prima in grazia (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Wagner:

Dich, teure Halle (from Tannhauser)

Anja Harteros (soprano)


Badische Staatskapelle, Marco Armiliato

The Festspiel-Saison at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden culminated with Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Ekaterina Gubanova all on stage in this magnificent Opera Gala. The gala presented a diverse range of solo-arias and duets. Among the highlights, included works from Puccini’s ‘Tosca’, Verdi’s ‘Otello’ and Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria rusticana’. Sony Classical are pleased to see this final concert from the Opera Gala come to life on this DVD and Blu-ray release, a must-have for any opera fanatic.

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Dolce Vita

Dolce Vita


Anzi:

Voglio vivere così

Bixio:

Parlami d'amore Mariù

Cardillo:

Core 'ngrato

Chiaramello:

Fenesta ca lucive

Crescenzo, V:

Rondine al nido

Curtis, E:

Ti voglio tanto bene

Non ti scordar di me

Torna a Surriento

Dalla:

Caruso

Ferilli:

Un amore così grande

Gastaldon:

Musica proibita

Leoncavallo:

Mattinata - 'L'aurora di bianco vestita'

Merritt:

Il Libro dell’Amore

Modugno:

Volare

Musumarra:

Il canto

Rota, N:

The Godfather theme

Sartori:

Con Te Partirò

Valente, N:

Passione


Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Asher Fisch

Jonas Kaufmann is the biggest opera star in the world & he returns with a brand new album of (x18) favourite Italian songs - his own personal homage to a culture where the influence and beauty of opera are felt far beyond the walls of the opera houses. Features immortal Italian songs such as "Con Te Partiro", "Parla Piu Piana" from THe Godfather, "Catari Catari", Caruso & many more... Jonas recorded the album in Palermo with conductor Asher Fisch and the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, who bring their innate Italian flair to this music. Jonas will present the songs live in concert later this year.

“Closely miked, his singing smoulders with lustrous tone and the arrangements of the (rather scrappy) Palermo orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch bring to mind feel-good Italian movies of the 1960s. The tenor’s admirers will have little cause for complaint.” Financial Times, 7th October 2016 ***

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72


Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco), Olga Bezsmertna (Marzelline), Norbert Ernst (Jaquino), Paul Lorenger (Shadow Pizarro), Nadia Kichler (Shadow Leonore)

Wiener Philharmoniker & Konztertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Franz Welser-Möst

Staging: Claus Guth

Sets and costumes: Christian Schmidt

Claus Guth’s strikingly experimental new production drew fervent reactions at its premiere at the 2015 Salzburg Festival. On an elegantly spartan set - suggestive of Freud's ‘salon of the unconscious’ - the opera is reworked with amplified noises and ambient sounds substituting for the traditional dialogue and the inclusion of hand-signing doppelgangers who shadow some of the lead characters. “Jonas Kaufmann’s gorgeously sung Florestan”(Financial Times) and Leonora - “triumphantly sung by Adrianne Pieczonka” (The Guardian/Observer) - masterfully execute Guth’s conceptual exploration of the mind’s ability to self-impose its own prison.

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Verdi: La forza del destino

Verdi: La forza del destino


Anja Harteros (Leonora), Jonas Kaufmann (Alvaro), Ludovic Tézier (Carlo), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

Martin Kušej’s thrilling contemporary interpretation of Verdi’s late opera proved the perfect vehicle for the Bavarian State Opera’s dream-team of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. The imposing sets’ references to terrorism and the implosion of modern civilisation bring the opera’s inherent drama to a breathtaking pinnacle.

“A large part of the characterisation comes from the sheer quality of Harteros’s singing, poised and perfectly shaped, with an impeccable sense of style, the voice itself slightly hazy in colour but totally focused. This is a wonderful performance...Tézier is hardly less stylish, and sings with thrillingly rich and generous tone.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“Munich had managed to assemble the finest Verdi cast available to sing the opera. It is crowned by a magnificent Leonora from Anja Harteros, perhaps the best thing she has done on disc...and in Jonas Kaufmann she is matched with an Alvaro who is the finest we’ve had since Domingo...For anyone who isn’t entirely allergic to a bit of Regietheater, this is now the one to go for.” MusicWeb International, June 2016

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Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72

Live from the Zurich Opera House, 2004


Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio never ceases to fascinate audiences with its spellbinding story of true love. Staged by renowned opera director Jürgen Flimm this production is the outstanding result of the teamwork of the orchestra and chorus of the Zurich Opera House with a cast of magnifi cent singer-actors. Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund in the title role presents a wonderful portrayal of the opposing characters of the loving wife, Leonore, and her alter ego, the young man Fidelio. The internationally renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann is her counterpart Florestan – the attractive singer plays a convincing suffering prisoner, brought back to life by marital love. László Polgár is the jailer Rocco, torn between greed and sympathy and Alfred Muff takes on the sinister Don Pizarro to complete the setting.

Under the musical direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt, this production became a highly memorable event. The Austrian conductor is universally celebrated for the structural transparency of his interpretations, his intellectual penetration and his emotional understanding of both music and opera plot. He once called this opera “a hymn of praise to marital love”. Although the work has a long tradition of being interpreted in political terms portraying oppression and liberation, imprisonment and freedom, Harnoncourt is adamant that, for Beethoven, these topics were only a means to an end: “What he was concerned about is love. The real action is between Leonore and Florestan. Essentially, the work is about what can be achieved by true love and the fact that a loving wife is ready to do anything for her husband.”

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master Audio 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Audio Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, DE, FR, ES, IT

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Resolution: 1080i High Definition (Upscale)

Running Time: 128 mins

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“Jonas Kaufmann and Camilla Nylund fearlessly [pack] every phrase with compellingly truthful shades of meaning. Harnoncourt's Beethoven is famously raw and earthy: strong on struggle and on the composer's robust musical roots...The cameras' eyes direct us almost imperceptibly to crucial moments of musical and human relationship.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2016 *****

“[Nylund’s] bright soprano is on the right side of heroic while still remaining feminine, the perfect mix for the noble wife disguised as a boy…[Harnoncourt’s] interpretation here sees him at his best. The opening chords of the overture bristle with excitement and dramatic tension [and] his dramatic pacing of the big moments feels just right, and the ensembles move with great style” MusicWeb International, August 2016

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Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini

Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini

Live From Teatro Alla Scala


Curtis, E:

Non ti scordar di me

Puccini:

Ecco la Casa...Torna ai felici di (from Le Villi)

Le Villi - Preludio, La tregenda

Orgia, Chimera Dall'occhio Vitreo (from Edgar)

Edgar: Prelude to Act III

Donna non vidi mai (from Manon Lescaut)

Manon Lescaut: Intermezzo Act III

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

Tosca: Prelude to Act Three

E lucevan le stelle (from Tosca)

Madama Butterfly: Prelude to Act Three

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

Suor Angelica - Intermezzo

Nessun dorma (from Turandot)

Recondita armonia (from Tosca)

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

Refice:

Ombra di Nube


Jonas Kaufmann (tenor)

Filarmonica della Scala, Jochen Rieder

On the 14th June 2015, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann walked onto the stage of La Scala Milan, the home of Italian opera, for one of the most highly anticipated performances of last year. The concert of Puccini arias made national news in Italy, and following five encores and 40 mins of applause audiences were still left wanting more. This legendary performance is now the focus of a new concert film “Jonas Kaufmann – An Evening of Puccini”, directed by Brian Large and produced by Arts Alliance. Cinema audiences worldwide experienced this unforgettable event, and now viewers at home will be treated to a revealing introduction to Puccini – the man, the musician, the superstar – narrated by Jonas and featuring rare archive footage. Jonas Kaufmann‘s La Scala concert programme contains a selection of Puccini’s hit tenor arias of which all appear on on the Classical No. 1 album – “Nessun dorma – The Puccini Album”.

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Verdi: La forza del destino

Verdi: La forza del destino


Anja Harteros (Leonora), Jonas Kaufmann (Alvaro), Ludovic Tézier (Carlo), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

Martin Kušej’s thrilling contemporary interpretation of Verdi’s late period opera proved the perfect vehicle for the Bavarian State Opera’s dream team of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. The imposing sets’ references to terrorism and the implosion of modern civilization bring the opera’s inherent drama to a breathtaking pinnacle. Specialist promo & marketing activity.

“A large part of the characterisation comes from the sheer quality of Harteros’s singing, poised and perfectly shaped, with an impeccable sense of style, the voice itself slightly hazy in colour but totally focused. This is a wonderful performance...Tézier is hardly less stylish, and sings with thrillingly rich and generous tone.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“Munich had managed to assemble the finest Verdi cast available to sing the opera. It is crowned by a magnificent Leonora from Anja Harteros, perhaps the best thing she has done on disc...and in Jonas Kaufmann she is matched with an Alvaro who is the finest we’ve had since Domingo...For anyone who isn’t entirely allergic to a bit of Regietheater, this is now the one to go for.” MusicWeb International, June 2016

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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (DVD)

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (DVD)


Leoncavallo:

I Pagliacci

Jonas Kaufmann (Canio), Maria Agresta (Nedda), Dimitri Platanias (Tonio), Alessio Arduini (Silvio), Tansel Akzeybek (Beppe)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana

Jonas Kaufmann (Turiddu), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Santuzza), Ambrogio Maestri (Alfio), Annalisa Stroppa (Lola), Stefania Toczyska (Mamma Lucia)


Staatskapelle Dresden, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor, Christian Thielemann

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

As comparably short operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role-debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening. At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival Jonas Kaufmann did just that - to rapturous praise. Universally hailed as a coup for Kaufmann, the plaudits were also showered on Philipp Stölzl for his innovative compartmentalized staging which included live video projections while referencing the era of black-and-white movies.

“We have plenty of the thrilling, untrammelled and ringing sound that the tenor is capable of at his best...Happily, Kaufmann’s outstanding central performances are well matched, both musically and scenically...on his own terms, Stölzl creates a drama of real intensity...Thielemann is always aware of the drama and the beauties of the playing are many.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“Rather than heart-on-sleeve slancio, [Thielemann] gives the music plenty of space, as well as elegance and delicacy when required...Stölzl’s innovative use of split staging and close-ups of characters who are ‘off-stage’ always enhances the main action rather than being a distraction from it...If this Cav is all monochrome and claustrophobic, Pag is a riot of colour and energy.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 18th March 2016

“one of the most gripping accounts of these two operas I’ve encountered...Thielemann is a surprise entry into the world of verismo. He wrings every bit of blood and thunder out of each score...The great tenor is in superb voice and acts up a storm...[Monastyrska] sings magnificently, her huge voice invariably right-on.” Classics Today

“The German tenor ticks all the verismo boxes, entirely credible as an actor...He sings with southern passion...In both operas, the staging gives us intimate vignettes and a strong sense of continuity...The rest of the casting is very strong...Thielemann brings full-on passion and breadth to these scores, drawing full-blooded and full-toned playing from the Staatskapelle Dresden.” classicalsource.com

“Stölzl’s compartmentalised staging works well, solving problems inherent in the Salzburg stage...Vocally the stars are Kaufmann and Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. The former is in superb voice, every word clear, top notes ringing...Monastyrska creates a sympathetic Santuzza, her possessiveness making it clear why Turiddù strays.” Limelight Magazine, 19th August 2016

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