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L'Opera (Deluxe) / Kaufmann, Billy, Bavarian State Orchestra


Release Date: 09/29/2017 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 539083  
Composer:  Charles GounodJules MassenetAmbroise ThomasGeorges Bizet,   ... 
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Deluxe Edition features a full color booklet in a digi-pack

The world’s greatest tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, returns to the opera world for his latest recording, L’Opéra. The album features a selection of the greatest arias and duets from the best of the 19th century French opera composers. Kaufmann presents an album of music that embodies the flair, opulence, mystique and timeless elegance of Paris and French culture – opera at its greatest moment. L’Opéra includes tenor hits such as Massenet’s “Pourquoi me reveiller”, Bizet’s big aria from Carmen “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” and his famous tenor-baritone duet from The Pearl Fishers “Au fond de temple saint”, as well as Roméo’s big number
Read more “L’amour, l’amour…ah lève toi soleil” composed by Gounod, and Offenbach’s timeless aria for Hoffmann “O Dieu, De quelle ivresse.” Jonas is joined in the studio by The Bavarian State Orchestra, the magnificent orchestra resident at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, and French conductor Bertrand de Billy who bring his innate French flair to the recording. The album also features guest vocalists soprano Sonya Yoncheva and baritone Ludovic Tézier. The Deluxe Edition is in a digi-pack and includes a full-color booklet and two essays, one with Jonas’ personal reflections on the music and the second on the historical importance of Paris and the opera during the 19th century.

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REVIEW:

The melodies and Kaufmann’s imaginative interpretations are impossible to turn away from, demanding to be listened to again and again. The best tracks are, unsurprisingly, from operas that he has dominated, such as “Pourquoi me reveiller” from “Werther” and “La fleur que tu m’avais jetée” from “Carmen.”

Bertrand de Billy and the Bayerisches Staatsoper are also major players, providing the superstar singer with the ideal partner.

The album is incredible, as is usually the case with anything related to the famous German tenor. The repertoire, although not all that surprising, is in its execution world class and will demand repeat listenings.

– Opera Wire (David Salazar) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Roméo et Juliette: Ah! lève-toi, soleil by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
2.
Werther: Pourquoi me réveiller, ô souffle du printemps? by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: France 
3.
Mignon: Elle ne croyait pas by Ambroise Thomas
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
4.
Carmen: La fleur que tu m'avais jetée "Flower song" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
5.
Les Pêcheurs de perles: C'est toi... Au fond du temple saint by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; France 
6.
Le Roi d'Ys: Vainement, ma bien-aimée [Aubade] by Edouard Lalo
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875-1888; France 
7.
Les contes d'Hoffmann: O Dieu! de quelle ivresse by Jacques Offenbach
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Paris, France 
8.
L'Africaine: Pays merveilleux... O paradis by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1864 
9.
Manon: Instant charmant...En fermant les yeux "Dream of des Grieux" by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883-1884; France 
10.
Manon: Toi! Vous! Oui... c'est moi! by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
11.
Manon: N'est-ce plus ma main by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; France 
12.
Le Cid: Ah! tout est bien fini...O Souverain, ô juge, ô père by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
13.
La juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur by Jacques Halévy
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Paris, France 
14.
La damnation de Faust, Op. 24: Merci, doux crépuscule! by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; France 
15.
Les Troyens: Inutiles regrets!... Ah! Quand viendra l'instant by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858 

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