20 Songs, 1 Hour 19 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One summer night in 2018, Jonas Kaufmann treated thousands at Berlin’s open-air Waldbühne to an evening of Italian passion that even the unexpectedly stormy weather failed to dampen. His wide-ranging program, based largely on his 2016 album, Dolce Vita, mixes the great arias of Italian opera, from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana to Puccini’s Turandot (“Nessun dorma” brings the evening to a rousing close), with Neopolitan songs and Italian hits. Kaufmann, in fine form, clearly wows the audiences with his considerable charm and creates ample musical chemistry with mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, mesmerizing in Lucio Dalla's “Caruso.” A thoroughly uplifting concert captured beautifully.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One summer night in 2018, Jonas Kaufmann treated thousands at Berlin’s open-air Waldbühne to an evening of Italian passion that even the unexpectedly stormy weather failed to dampen. His wide-ranging program, based largely on his 2016 album, Dolce Vita, mixes the great arias of Italian opera, from Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana to Puccini’s Turandot (“Nessun dorma” brings the evening to a rousing close), with Neopolitan songs and Italian hits. Kaufmann, in fine form, clearly wows the audiences with his considerable charm and creates ample musical chemistry with mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, mesmerizing in Lucio Dalla's “Caruso.” A thoroughly uplifting concert captured beautifully.

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About Jonas Kaufmann, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin & Jochen Rieder

Jonas Kaufmann is a German tenor who made his solo album debut in 2008 after establishing himself as an international opera superstar. Born on July 10, 1969, in Munich, Germany, he studied locally at the Musikhochschule and made his major performance debut nationally in Saarbrücken in 1994. In later years he would perform in some of the world's most prestigious theaters, including Covent Garden (London), Bastille Opera (Paris), La Scala (Milan), and Metropolitan Opera (New York). Since 2001, however, he has been most closely associated with the Zurich Opera in Switzerland, where he settled with his wife and children. Upon establishing himself as an international opera star, Kaufmann made his solo album debut in 2008 with Romantic Arias, a collaboration with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Marco Armiliato released on the Decca label. His 2013 Verdi Album and 2014 You Mean the World to Me topped both pop and classical charts in Germany and Austria. ~ Jason Birchmeier

HOMETOWN
Munich, Germany
BORN
1969

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