The Kaufmann Residency: in Recital

4 February 2017 / 19:30
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Jonas Kaufmann, hailed around the globe as ’the world’s greatest tenor’, begins a Barbican residency with an intimate evening of song.

An astonishing range, a tone of molten gold and a charismatic intelligence that allows him to command any operatic stage on earth: there’s a reason why tenor Jonas Kaufmann is an international star. Tonight he launches a two-week residency at the Barbican.

He’s chosen to begin with an evening of music far removed from his big operatic roles. No costumes or orchestra here: ’I see recital singing as something like a dialogue between the singer and the collaborative pianist,’ says Kaufmann, ‘one which lives, in a manner of speaking, from the ‘poetry of the moment.’ His pianist tonight is his friend and mentor Helmut Deutsch.

Programme & Performers

Schumann Kerner Lieder, Op 35
‘L´invitation au voyage’
‘Le manoir de Rosemonde’
‘Chanson triste’
‘La vie antérieure’
Britten Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, Op 22

Jonas Kaufmann tenor
Helmut Deutsch piano
Promoted by the Barbican

Generously supported by John Murray