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On a June night in 2017, opera lovers thronged to the Royal Opera House in London to hear tenor Jonas Kaufmann, recently acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as “the world’s greatest tenor,” make his eagerly anticipated debut in the title role of Otello – Verdi’s greatest and most demanding role for tenor voice. As the New York Times wrote “Mr. Kaufmann made his debut in the part, and he calmly, confidently sang it for the ages.” Sony Classical is pleased to release his landmark performance on DVD and Blu-ray.
Joining Jonas Kaufmann on stage were Italian baritone, Marco Vratogna as Iago, who, as the Metro newspaper noted “sings
up a thrilling storm of hatred and malevolence” and Italian soprano, Maria Agresta who sang with “a tender yet creamy intensity” (The Observer) in her deeply sensitive performance of Otello’s tragic Desdemona. The entire production was led by lauded conductor Antonio Pappano. Kaufmann’s eagerly anticipated debut matched the high expectations of the audience and critics alike and will surely stand the test of time, his Otello being, as the City Am newspaper noted: “the great Otello for this generation of opera lovers.”
Kaufmann’s exceptional musicality makes itself felt throughout the opera in a manner that has rarely been equaled in performances of this masterpiece. The vulnerability of this Otello lies not so much in his ethnic otherness as in his emotional ingenuousness. Agresta proves on the whole a worthy partner for Kaufmann, singing with attractively vibrant tone and admirable technical control. Pappano rivals Carlos Kleiber in his commanding grasp of the score’s architecture.
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Works on This Recording
Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Maria Agresta (Soprano),
Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor),
Marco Vratogna (Baritone)
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Written: 1887; Italy
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