V1975. JONAS KAUFMANN, w.Marco Armiliato Cond. Prague Phil.: Romantic Arias from La Boheme, La Damnation de Faust, Werther, Faust, Manon, Carmen, Marta, Tosca, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Don Carlos, Der Freischütz & Die Meistersinger. Decca B0010837, recorded 2007, Prague. Final Copy! - 028947599661
“From the packed house at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night for the Opera Orchestra of New York’s concert performance of Cilea’s ADRIANA LECOUVREUR, and from the ecstatic ovations for the soprano Angela Gheorghiu and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann, the evening’s stars, you would not have guessed that two years ago it looked as if this valuable company might go under.
Mr. Kaufmann’s dusky, virile voice may lack the red-sauce spicing that many consider requisites of the verismo style. But he brings his own blend of passion and intelligence to this repertory….He was a phenomenal Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA at the Met in 2010. As Maurizio, he performed with meltingly lyrical phrases and thrilling top notes. In one burst of fervor, he showed how to make a gradual, breathtaking diminuendo on a sustained high note. But every vocal effect was musical and motivated by the dramatic moment.”
- Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 9 Nov., 2011