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Jonathan Tetelman

The Great Puccini

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: September 29, 2023

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1 Donna non vidi mai [Manon Lescaut, SC 64]  
2 Nessun dorma [Turandot, SC 91]  
3 Parigi! E la citta dei desideri [La rondine, SC 83]  
4 Che gelida manina [La bohème, SC 67]  
5 O soave fanciulla [La bohème, SC 67]  
6 Dunque è proprio finita! [La bohème, SC 67]  
7 Dammi i colori! Recondita armonia [Tosca, SC 69]  
8 Mario Cavaradossi? ... E lucevan le stelle [Tosca, SC 69]  
9 Ah! Manon, mi tradisce [Manon Lescaut, SC 64]  
10 Che giova? ... Io so che alle sue pene [Madama Butterfly, SC 74]  
11 Quello che tacete [La fanciulla del West, SC 78]  
12 Ch'ella mi creda [La fanciulla del West, SC 78]  
13 O Luigi! Luigi! ... Dimmi, perché gli hai chiesto [Il tabarro, SC 85]  
14 Non piangere, Liu [Turandot, SC 91]  
15 Torna ai felici dì [Le Villi, SC 60]  
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Jonathan Tetelman’s debut album for Deutsche Grammophon, Arias, was met with rave reviews on its release last summer, and won the singer a 2023 “Young Talent of the Year” Opus Klassik award. The Chilean-American tenor has now chosen to follow this success with a tribute to Puccini, the centenary of whose death falls in 2024. The Great Puccini presents extracts from nine operas, including such well-known arias as “Nessun dorma”, “Che gelida manina” and “E lucevan le stelle”, as well as numbers from less familiar operas such as Le villi and La rondine. The album was recorded earlier this year in Prague with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, and features notable guest appearances from sopranos Vida Mikneviciute (Giorgetta in Il tabarro) and Federica Lombardi (Mimì in La bohème). The Great Puccini will be issued in all formats on 29 September 2023. 

Jonathan Tetelman has established himself on the world operatic stage in a wide range of roles, but a recent focus on Puccini has seen him triumph as Rodolfo, Cavaradossi and Pinkerton, all of whom feature on his new album. His love of the composer dates back to the moment when, as a child, he heard Pavarotti sing “Nessun dorma”. He trained as a baritone but then took some time away from the classical world and worked as a DJ on the New York club scene. On returning to his vocal studies he transformed himself into a tenor and, at 26, sang his first Puccini role (Rodolfo), since when he has never looked back.  
The Great Puccini also takes in works that are on Tetelman’s future schedule. “There are a few new roles on my immediate horizon,” he notes. “Luigi in Il tabarro, Ruggero in La rondine, Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut and Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West. Further down the road lies Calaf from Turandot, and hopefully one day Roberto in Le villi…” 

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