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Puccini: Tosca / Carignani, Magee, Kaufmann, Hampson [DVD]

Album Summary

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Superstar opera tenor Jonas Kaufmann is featured in this DVD, the next in a series of critically acclaimed opera DVDs from the artist. The DVD features him in a key role that he is performing to great critical acclaim all over the world. Of performances last year at the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Times said: "Mr. Kaufmann received frenzied bravos from the audience. His russet-colored voice has body and charisma. You could sense amazement throughout the house at his thrilling top notes during Cavaradossi's defiant cries of "Vittoria!" Yet his plaintive pianissimo phrases were equally impressive. That the youthful, curly-haired Mr. Kaufmann is also heartthrob-handsome did not hurt."

"Not only is Kaufmann the most vocally fascinating and intelligent tenor of the decade (save for Rolando Villázon, who has been mostly sidelined of late), but he’s also the most attractive and physically free... Kaufmann’s sense of Italianate style is unquestionable, and the intelligence with which he deploys his instrument unassailable. Most compelling is his final act aria, “E lucevan le stelle” (And the stars shone). Awaiting execution by firing squad, he begins his final love letter to Tosca in a virtual whisper of a voice. To unusually slow, sensitive, and focused support from conductor Paolo Carignani and Zurich Opera Orchestra, Kaufmann perfectly sustains his thread of sound for almost half the aria. I know of no other performance quite like this." -San Francisco Classical Voice

"In a new DVD from the Openhaus Zürich, Kaufmann lives up to his reputation. He also shares the spotlight with excellent castmates... Under Paolo Carignani, the orchestra plays cleanly and precisely, bringing out the character in Puccini’s score, from the delicacy and vivid color palette of Cavaradossi’s opening aria to the ominous heft of Scarpia’s Act I closer... As for Kaufmann, his appeal is not just a question of rugged good lucks and his virile, grainy voice. His tenor barrels forward with impressive volume and intensity as he endures torture at Scarpia’s hands, but the poetic phrasing and breathtaking piano singing in his final aria “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars were shining”) are even more memorable." -NJ.com


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Works Details

>Puccini, Giacomo : Tosca
  • Performers: Thomas Hampson (Baritone); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Emily Magee (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Paolo Carignani
  • Ensemble: Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1900