Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening With Puccini
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Jochen Rieder, conductor
Filarmonica della Scala
Running time: 156 min
Arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West.
Le Villi – Ecco la casa… Torna ai felici dì …Preludiom és La Tregenda
Edgar – Orgia, chimera dall’occhio vitreo – III. Act
Manon Lescaut – Donna non vidi mai, Intermezzo, Ah! guai a chi la tocca! … No! pazzo son! Guardate!
Tosca – E lucevan le stelle – III. Act
Madama Butterfly – Intermezzo
La Fanciulla del West. – Una parola sola! … Or son sei mes
Suor Angelica – Intermezzo
Turando – Nessun Dorma
Operatic superstar Jonas Kaufmann is no stranger to the big screen, and in 2015 he makes his highly anticipated solo cinematic debut with this concert film and documentary.
Shot on location in Italy, the film features Jonas’ critically acclaimed Puccini concert from La Scala, Milan and includes all of Puccini’s most loved tenor arias including ‘Nessun dorma’.
The cameras also go behind the scenes and follow Jonas around Milan as he talks about what it takes to be the world’s greatest tenor and why Puccini’s music is so special to him.
Available from 8 March 2016, till the 28th of February 2019. Pannonia Entertainment distributes this unique concert film and documentary to cinemas across Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania.
On the 14th June 2015 German tenor Jonas Kaufmann walked onto the stage of La Scala Milan, the home of Italian opera, for one of the most highly anticipated performances of the year. The concert made national news in Italy and following five encores and 40mins of applause audiences were still left wanting more.
This legendary performance is now the focus of a new concert film directed by Brian Large and produced by Arts Alliance. Cinema audiences will experience this unforgettable event, and be treated to a revealing introduction to Puccini – the man, the musician, the superstar – narrated by Jonas and featuring rare archive footage.
Puccini’s operas include some of the most well-known melodies in classical music, and his popularity amongst opera fans and novices alike is a testament to his enduring appeal. One such melody is the iconic aria from Turandot – ‘Nessun Dorma’. This aria holds a special place in Jonas’ heart:
“No aria is as loved today as ‘Nessun dorma’. The legendary first concert of the Three Tenors took place only a few days before my twenty-first birthday, and for a long time I didn’t dare sing ‘Nessun dorma’ myself, since I was so in awe of the aria’s magic and its incredible appeal. Even today, whenever I hear and sing this aria, I still get goosebumps.”
Kaufmann’s voice is celebrated for its expressive power, flawless technique and versatility, and he has sung Puccini roles on stage throughout his career to huge critical and audience acclaim. However it’s not just the voice that makes a true opera star. Jonas has the rare gift of completely immersing himself in each and every role he sings. The result? Some of the most thrilling and electrifying opera performances you will ever see, experienced like never before on the big screen.
Unforgettable. RAI Italy
Jonas Kaufmann conquers La Scala. La Stampa Italy
Poetic intimacy to roof-raising passion. Financial Times
World’s greatest tenor. Daily Telegraph UK
The most important, versatile tenor of his generation. New York Times
A technical master with a devilish charm. The Guardian