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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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Mahler’s masterpiece is subtitled as - A Symphony for Tenor and Alto (or Baritone) – and therefore traditionally two voices have sung the six movements of the work. However Jonas Kaufmann feels differently about this and wanted to sing both parts himself. In June this year he joined the Wiener Philharmoniker and conductor Jonathan Nott in a special concert in the Goldener Saal at the Musikverein in Vienna whereby he sang the entire work himself.

“Kaufmann certainly has the “baritonal” low notes to justify his decision, and the ringing tenorial top...Kaufmann is more rewarding in the “baritone” songs, his eloquent diction always a pleasure, and with the nuance and sensibility of a great lieder singer...Not perfection, but this is a must-hear for Mahlerians.” Sunday Times, 3rd April 2017

“played with shimmering detail by the Vienna Philharmonic...As expected, Kaufmann is glorious in the tenor songs. In those for lower voice he sings with the same, unaffected sensitivity...An interesting, one-off experiment.” Financial Times ***

“It’s actually the songs usually assigned to the contralto/baritone that come off best. Once I’d got my initial inevitable ‘Can he?’s and ‘Should he?’s out of the way, though, vocal technicalities weren’t really at the forefront of my mind: my overwhelming impression is of how well the orchestration and the texts suit Kaufmann, who's always at his best when pouring out angry frustration at full throttle, or ruminating on dark nights of the soul.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 7th April 2017

“his beautifully recorded version taken from live performances at Vienna’s Musikverein has a great deal to offer, not least of which are Kaufmann’s textual insights, and the revelatory qualities of Jonathan Nott’s interrogation of Mahler’s orchestrations...Kaufmann is able to caress and float phrases at will, and enter into the composer’s more melancholy reflections at his leisure.” Limelight Magazine, 7th April 2017 ****

“Kaufmann is dream casting for the tenor songs, rising terrifically to the heroics and darker hues of the opening song but equally identifying the sparkle and piquancy in ‘Von der Jugend’ and the contrasting rapture at the heart of ‘Der Trunkene im Frühling’” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

“I think [Mahler] would have approved of Jonas Kaufmann’s ground-breaking decision to take the solo part throughout. It’s not much of a stretch for him – a few low notes apart, the lower register suits this baritenor well enough, and the sensitivity to the quieter settings is undoubted in ‘The Lonely Man in Autumn’…and the desolate narratives of farewell before the earth’s resurgence sweeps all frozen grief aside…it’s certainly worth hearing” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ****

“Kaufmann tackles Mahler with complete assurance...he has no trouble with the lower-lying songs. He doesn't artificially darken or inflate the tone to cope with the tessitura, so the performances flows naturally...Kaufmann certainly has the tenorial reserves to sail through the high-lying outbursts over thick orchestration as well as colouring his voice differently for each song...Nott's conducting is controlled and precise.” Opera Now, June 2017 *****

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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:

Torna a Surriento

Ti voglio tanto bene

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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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.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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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.

“The playing of the Badische Staatskapelle is decent – with excellent contributions from a busy principal cellist – and Marco Armiliato keeps everything ticking along well…there’s enough quality here to make this well worth seeking out” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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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 ***

“Kaufmann does everything with the care and intelligence one expects, and no shortage of open-throated ardour.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2016 ****

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

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Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Giordano, U: Andrea Chénier

Live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden


Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Maddalena de Coigny), Željko Lučić (Carlo Gérard), Denyce Graves (Bersi), Elena Zilio (Madelon), Rosalind Plowright (Contessa de Coigny), Roland Wood (Roucher), Peter Coleman-Wright (Pietro Fléville), Eddie Wade (Fouquier-Tinville), Adrian Clarke (Mathieu), Carlo Bosi (The Incredibile), Peter Hoare (Abbé), Jeremy White (Schmidt), John Cunningham (Major Domo), Yuriy Yurchuk (Dumas)

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Antonio Pappano (conductor & David McVicar (director)

“Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether political or erotic, hit home with terrific immediacy.” – The Guardian

Presented in its Covent Garden premiere in January 2015, this staging – directed by David McVicar and conducted by the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano – shows a bloody tricolour daubed with the words “Even Plato banned poets from his Republic” – written by Robespierre on the death warrant of the historical Chénier, a poet and journalist sent to the guillotine in 1794 for criticising France’s post-revolutionary government. Andrea Chénier was a great success at its premiere at La Scala, Milan, on 28 March 1896. It established Giordano as a leading member of Italy’s giovane scuola, and has remained Giordano’s most popular opera, with occasional productions at leading opera houses. This production is the first by The Royal Opera since 1984. Of Giordano’s later operas, only Fedora (1898) has attracted some continued interest.

“Captivating from start to finish, Giordano’s flawed masterpiece Andrea Chenier is presented in a sterling production under director David McVicar...Kaufmann’s voice is in superb condition, expressive and compellingly projected in his arias...[Westbroek's] voice is a substantial instrument which she manages capably, as demonstrated by her Act Three showpiece aria La mamma morta.” MusicWeb International, September 2016

“The Countess de Coigny in sumptuous purple satin is sung to great effect by Rosalind Plowright, as is Elena Zilio’s Madelon…never less than compelling on screen, Jonas Kaufmann is a perfect foil to Eva-Maria Westbroek’s Maddalena who wrings every last drop of emotion out of ‘La mamma morta’…but the man of the hour is Antonio Pappano who conducts the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as if all their lives depended on it” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 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 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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