On the 14th June 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 2015. 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 worldwide will experience this unforgettable event, and be treated to a revealing introduction to Puccini – the man, the musician, the celebrity – 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.
Tickets £12.50 available on-line.
Jonas Kaufmann, tenor
Jochen Rieder, conductor
Filarmonica della Scala
Arias and scenes from Turandot, Tosca, Manon Lescaut, La Fanciulla del West and more.
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