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Jonas Kaufmann: the world's greatest tenor / The Telegraph interview

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Jonas Kaufmann is rehearsing the death scene from Puccini's Manon Lescaut. In the interest of avoiding spoilers for those who don't know the French 18th-century story by the Abbé Prévost, I won't say whose death. But Manon Lescaut (which has formed the basis of a classical ballet and two 19th-century operas) is a tragic opera, and Kaufmann does operatic tragedy in a manner to rip your heart out. The 44-year-old is almost certainly the greatest tenor in the world right now, a dashingly handsome German with an extraordinary voice, whose career is reaching new peaks with each year, even month that passes. READ THE FULL Telegraph INTERVIEW.