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One of the world’s leading tenors presents his personal bi-centenary tribute to Giuseppe Verdi.
It was with the music of Verdi that Jonas Kaufmann made his international breakthrough in 2006, when he sang the role of Alfredo in La traviata at the Met. And this year, being Verdi's bicentenary, Kaufmann has been kept busy with performances of Don Carlo in London, Milan and Salzburg, as well as two role debuts - in Il trovatore and La forza del destino - and this, his first album devoted to Verdi.
The CD features 13 highlights, of which 11 are firsts for the tenor. On stage he has so far sung only La donna è mobile from Rigoletto and the duet with the Marquis de Posa from Don Carlo. All the other pieces he learned especially for this album.
Recorded in the composer’s home city of Parma, the album reveals Kaufmann's exceptional vocal development and flexibility - and anticipates what we have to look forward to in years to come, notably the lead role in Verdi's Otello.