The Verdi Album (standard edition) (CD)

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Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann tenor Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, Coro del Teatro Municipale di Piacenza, Pier Giorgio Morandi


It was with Verdi that the leading tenor of our time, Jonas Kaufmann, made his international breakthrough in 2006 when he sang Alfredo Germont in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. And for Kaufmann, the Verdi bicentenary in 2013 was dominated by performances of works by the great Italian opera composer, including his debut album for Sony Classical, The Verdi Album. Recorded with Pier Giorgio Morandi conducting the Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, this new album features twelve of Verdi's greatest tenor hits, eleven of which are recorded for the first time by Kaufmann.


His choice of arias demonstrates the remarkable breadth of Kaufmann's musical versatility and expression.


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1. Un ballo in maschera: Ma se m' è forza perderti


2. Un ballo in maschera: Di' tu se fedele

3. Simon Boccanegra: Sento avvampar nell' anima

4. Rigoletto: La donna è mobile

5. Otello: Niun mi tema (Death of Otello)

6. Otello: Dio, mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali

7. Luisa Miller: Quando le sere al placido

8. La forza del destino: La vita è inferno...O tu che in seno agli angeli 

9. Il trovatore: Ah si, ben mio...Di quella pira

10. Aida: Celeste Aida

11. Don Carlos: Dio, che nell' alma infondere


Franco Vassallo (Bass), Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor), Daniele Cusari (Bass)

12. I masnadieri: Destatevi, o pietre

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BBC Music Magazine

October 2013


“his musicianship melds with his keen interpretative intelligence to achieve real and extraordinary success...Otello on stage may still be ahead of him, but he explores the depths of 'Dio mi potevi' and 'Niun mi tema' with a purpose many distinguished Latin tenors would struggle to summon up.”

The Times

20th September 2013


“Our spines tingle at Kaufmann’s force; but we shiver too at his sudden moments of quiet reverence or desolation. Kaufmann’s expert control of dynamics has never been so impressive, nor has the sheer weight of tone currently at his command. His theatrical flair is also impressive”

The Independent

22nd September 2013


“these great Verdi moments, even ripped out of context, are believably dramatic...Kaufmann is served well by the Orchestra dell’Opera di Parma, the woodwind particularly lovely.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2013

“a huge achievement resulting in some thrilling singing...But his employment of volume of tone (to emphasise a heroic, or at least central, presence?) does not serve his chosen repertoire equally well. As Otello of course it works well, as it does for Manrico”

The Guardian

10th October 2013


“Unusually for a singer noted for interpretative subtlety, he's at his best in I Masnadieri and Il Trovatore where Verdi is at his most upfront. You get a sense of how good he might be one day as Otello and, above all, as Radames”

Sunday Times

27th October 2013

“He comes into his own as Don Carlo, Don Alvaro from La forza del destino and, above all, Otello — where his dark timbre and dramatic delivery of the text rank with the finest on disc.”

Irish Times

3rd January 2014

“he has clearly thought through the changes needed for an authentic Verdi style. The results are thrilling. Kaufmann’s singing is characterized by clarity of diction and a fine range of vocal colour, though it must be said that his plush, dark-toned voice is more suited to the heavier rather than the more lyrical roles...Nevertheless, there is some wonderful singing here.”

Presto Classical

Katherine Cooper

16th September 2013

“there’s just the right amount of greasepaint – and ample opportunity for him to display his massive dynamic range...the real high point is that foretaste of Otello, the role which many consider him born to sing. This is where Kaufmann’s gift for nuanced psychological drama really comes home to roost.”