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Track Listing:

Verdi: La donna e mobile - from Rigoletto
Verdi: Se quel guerrier io fossi! - from Aida
Verdi: Di' tu se fedele - from Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Forse la soglia attinse - from Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Ah! si, ben mio - from Il trovatore
Verdi: Oh! fede negar potessi - from Luisa Miller
Verdi: O inferno! Amelia qui! - from Simon Boccanegra
Verdi: E lui! desso, l'Infante - from Don Carlo
Verdi: La vita e inferno all'infelice - from La forza del destino
Verdi: Destatevi, o pietre! - from I masnadieri
Verdi: Dio! mi potevi scagliar - from Otello
Verdi: Niun mi tema - from Otello

Jonas Kaufmann :

The Verdi Album

Sony Classical is pleased to welcome the internationally acclaimed tenor, Jonas Kaufmann to the label with his Sony debut recording The Verdi Album available September 17, 2013. Recorded in Auditorium Niccolò Paganini in Parma with Pier Giorgio Morandi conducting the Orchestra dell'Opera di Parma, this new album features thirteen highlights, eleven of which are firsts for Kaufmann: so far on stage he has sung only the tenor favorite "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto and the duet with the Marquis de Posa from Don Carlo. It was with Verdi that he made his international breakthrough in 2006, when he sang Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Met. For 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.

He learned all the other titles specially for this recording: "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."

After innumerable international successes in Italian, German and French operas, Jonas Kaufmann is now universally acclaimed as the "King of Tenors." He sings at all the major international opera houses from the Met and La Scala to the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opéra and London's Royal Opera House. He also appears annually at the Salzburg Festival and reaches an audience of millions through his opera broadcasts in the cinema and on television. He is also in international demand as a concert artist and lieder recitalist. His regular accompanist is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked ever since he was a student in Munich. In 2011, he won the Opera News Award in New York and was appointed a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America as well as the ECHO Klassik jury have named him Singer of the Year, a title additionally bestowed on him at the first International Opera Awards in London in April 2013, when he also received the Readers' Award.