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Title - 'The Age Of Puccini'
Artist - Jonas Kaufmann

For those not in the classical know, Jonas Kaufmann is a German operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and the title role in Don Carlos. He has also sung leading tenor roles in the operas of Richard Wagner with success in Germany and abroad, most notably the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Kaufmann is also an accomplished Lieder singer. In 2014 The New York Times described Kaufmann as "a box-office draw, and ... the most important, versatile tenor of his generation." How 'bout them apples then!

And so now, Jonas Kaufmann, the tenor of our time, takes us to The Age of Puccini. This collection showcases the unique quality of Kaufmann's award-winning recordings of best-loved Italian operatic verismo repertoire for Decca. Indeed, The Age of Puccini contains some of Kaufmann's greatest roles recorded in resplendent Decca sound, on which he is joined by Renée Fleming for the duet from Puccinis La Rondine.

Accolades for Kaufmann's Decca recordings include the inaugural International Opera Award for best male singer, three Gramophone Awards, a Goldene Deutschland Award, a Grammy, an ECHO Award, Artist of the Year from Musical America and the Bayerische Europamedaille. Ergo, here on The Age of Puccini, it's not that hard to see why everybody loves him, everybody within the business rates him so highly.

That all said, and taking this new CD for what it is, this "new" compilation actually contains only three (3) Puccini arias – his recordings of “Che gelida manina” and “E lucevan le stele” from 2007 and a scene from “La Rondine,” that he recorded with Renée Fleming in 2008 for the Verismo album. The remaining 18 tracks are essentially his old recording “Verismo Arias” from 2010. Therefore, in truth, The Age of Puccini are still familiar recordings, just in new packaging.