“He has burst upon the international scene as a fully mature, major artist. And 'artist' with Kaufmann means the full deal.” Gramophone
Jonas Kaufmann is now established as one of the most successful and versatile tenor of his generation, attracting rave reviews for his live performances and recordings. With a velvety rich and dark, almost baritonal timbre unique among tenors performing today, Jonas Kaufmann lends an exquisite sound and unique artistic outlook to a wide variety of repertoire.
Following the international success of Romantic Arias, Jonas Kaufmann returns with two new albums available on Decca on tomorrow, April 6th, 2010. These recordings are released simultaneously just as Kaufmann arrives in the Unites States to perform the role of Cavarodossi in Puccini’s Tosca at New York’s Metropolitan Opera (April 14th-24th) along with two performances as Don José in Carmen also at the Met (April 28th-May 1st)
In German Arias Kaufmann performs outstanding tenor arias from the great operas of Wagner, the challenging leading role of Beethoven's only opera Fidelio, favorite arias by Mozart, and rarely heard opera arias by Schubert. Each of these roles Kaufmann has also performed on the world's great opera stages. Claudio Abbado directs the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in his first ever vocal recital recording for Decca, and his first Decca recording for almost 40 years.
This album was released in Europe to coincide with his role debut as Wagner's Lohengrin in a new production at the Munich Festival last summer. “Quite simply,” Opera News wrote of that performance, “tenor Jonas Kaufmann sang a Lohengrin for the ages. Not one minute of his performance was less than extraordinary.” The album cover shows Jonas Kaufmann as Wanderer - inspired by the much-loved painting by German Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich.