18 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

This first all-Puccini recital album from one of the world’s most celebrated tenors is flush with the excitement that opera lovers should expect. The German Kaufmann might not have the most Italianate “ping” you’ve ever heard—but his powerful vibrato and well-judged dynamic range bring a florid range of effects to nuggets from Manon Lescaut and Turandot (not to mention some of the composer’s lesser-known triumphs). And Kaufmann’s main vocal partner here—soprano Kristīne Opolais—shows a natural rapport with the tenor, thanks to their prior appearances together on top opera stages.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This first all-Puccini recital album from one of the world’s most celebrated tenors is flush with the excitement that opera lovers should expect. The German Kaufmann might not have the most Italianate “ping” you’ve ever heard—but his powerful vibrato and well-judged dynamic range bring a florid range of effects to nuggets from Manon Lescaut and Turandot (not to mention some of the composer’s lesser-known triumphs). And Kaufmann’s main vocal partner here—soprano Kristīne Opolais—shows a natural rapport with the tenor, thanks to their prior appearances together on top opera stages.

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2:31
7:44
2:42
3:37
7:28
5:10
4:14
2:56
1:49
3:33
4:39
2:59
2:31
3:00
2:40
3:10
17 7:38
18 7:39

About Jonas Kaufmann

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

  • ORIGIN
    Munich, Germany
  • BORN
    1969

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