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Jonas Kaufmann, Royal Festival Hall

Jonas Kaufmann has re-written the Rule Book on tenors. A lyric voice that darkens to embrace the heroic repertoire, an occasional heldentenor who can also sing Lehár with supreme elegance, a German who is utterly, completely, and believably Italianate, there is really no one quite like Kaufmann on the international scene right now. He’s a … [Read More]

Posted on 25/10/2011
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Puccini “Tosca”, Royal Opera House

Bring together three of the most intuitive talents (and biggest stars) on the planet, meld them under the baton of Antonio Pappano whose command of every caress, swoon, and dramatic impulse of Puccini’s Tosca is not learned but instinctively felt and you have a recipe for the kind of evening that gives the Royal Opera … [Read More]

Posted on 15/07/2011
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Adriana sensitively exhumed

Kaufmann and Gheorghiu were not the only star attractions of this early and clearly expensive Christmas gift from the Royal Opera. Cilea’s Frenchified melodrama hasn’t been seen in the house since 1906 and the dusty wing space of Charles Edwards’ extraordinary set looked like it might actually have been excavated from the theatre as it … [Read More]

Posted on 19/11/2010
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Jonas Kaufmann/ Helmut Deutsch (Wigmore Hall)

Jonas Kaufmann confounds our expectations on so many levels. His is a lyric tenor with a dark, grainy, dramatic core enabling a disarmingly wide range of French, Italian, and German repertoire in all its sensitivities. In his native German, the rarefied world of Schubert lieder marries the art of a terrific actor to the privacy … [Read More]

Posted on 01/11/2010
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