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.
This deluxe limited edition release comes with an extra booklet about Verdi’s life and an attractive photographic record of Jonas on location in Italy.
It was with Verdi that he made his international breakthrough in 2006, when he sang Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Met. And for Jonas Kaufmann the Verdi bicentenary in 2013 is inevitably dominated by performances of works by the great Italian opera composer, with three productions of Don Carlo (in London, Milan and Salzburg), two role débuts in Il trovatore and La forza del destino and his first album devoted to Verdi. The new CD features thirteen highlights, of which eleven were firsts for Kaufmann: on stage he had so far sung only the tenor favourite “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto and the duet with the Marquis de Posa from Don Carlo; all the other titles he had learned especially for this CD: “Celeste Aida” from Aida and “Di quella pira” from Il trovatore, the famous tenor arias from Macbeth, Luisa Miller and La forza del destino, the dramatic highlights from I masnadieri and Simon Boccanegra and two arias each from Un ballo in maschera and Otello. This range not only reflects the exceptional development in Verdi’s operatic output but also reveals Jonas Kaufmann’s vocal flexibility, which extends from the lyrical sweetness of “Quando le sere al placido” in Luisa Miller to Otello’s emotional outburst in “Dio mi potevi”. Few singers have ever completed this journey.
For Jonas Kaufmann, Giuseppe Verdi is “a man of the people: his music is so powerful that it reaches people and moves them even outside the world of opera. Quite simply, Verdi is musically synonymous with Italy. Everyone knows his melodies and can sing them. And then there is Verdi the great dramatist, the man who set plays by Shakespeare and Schiller and who was seventy-four when he wrote a piece that sounds more modern and bolder than anything he had written until then: Otello. When I recorded these two scenes for my Verdi album, I was so drawn into the sway of the music that I wish I could have sung the whole part on stage straightaway. But I shall have to be patient, because it will be a couple of years before I sing my first Otello in the theatre.”