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Watch: Our favourite Jonas Kaufmann clips

Ahead of the tenor's performance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, we pick some of our favourite YouTube clips.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 September 2015 at 3.00pm | 9 Comments

Acclaimed German tenor Jonas Kaufmann will take to the stage of the Royal Albert Hall this Saturday for the grand finale of the Proms. Last Night of the Proms, a celebrated concert that marks the close of the two-month classical music festival, will be broadcast live on BBC Two (first half from 7.15pm) and BBC One (second half from 9pm).

Jonas will join pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, soprano Danielle de Niese and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Marin Alsop. They will perform a programme that ranges from world premieres to the National Anthem. View the full programme.

Jonas will sing Thomas Arne’s ‘Rule, Britannia!’ (the first German to do so at the Last Night of the Proms) as well as operatic arias ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Turandot, ‘Recondita armonia' from Tosca and ‘Donna non vidi mai’ from Manon Lescaut.

For a taster of Saturday’s performance, watch Jonas perform ‘Donna non vidi mai’ in Jonathan Kent’s production of Manon Lescaut. The production had its world premiere in June 2014, and was subsequently screened live in cinemas across the world:

Jonas has just released a new album - Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album. The recording, which includes excerpts from all of Puccini's operas (except the all-female Suor Angelica), was recorded with Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and choir of the Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia.

Jonas next performs at Covent Garden as the lovestruck Don José, opposite Anita Rachvelishvili's fiery femme fatale in Francesca Zambello’s Royal Opera production of Carmen. To whet your appetite, watch an extract of his performance at Covent Garden from 2006:

Jonas made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Ruggero in La rondine, and has since sung roles including Alfredo in La traviata, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Don Carlo, and Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur. In April 2014, he performed a hugely successful main-stage recital of Winterreise, Schubert's lieder cycle that he has also recorded with Sony:

Carmen runs 19 October–30 November 2015. Tickets are still available for some performances.

Day tickets are released at 10am each morning for personal callers , and returns may become available

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

9 September 2015 at 3.00pm

This article has been categorised Music and tagged BBC, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Grosvenor, by Francesca Zambello, Carmen, Concert, Danielle de Niese, Jonas Kaufmann, Last Night of the Proms, Marin Alsop, Production, proms, YouTube

This article has 9 comments

  1. John R responded on 10 September 2015 at 8:21pm Reply

    Maybe you should make clear that Jonas is only singing two of the Carmen performances, and although I haven't checked, I doubt whether any tickets are available for either of the performances when he is singing! However, Bryan Hymel is singing a number of the performances, and he is someone worth seeing - in fact, I opted to book for one of his performances rather than one of Jonas' performances!

    • Alice responded on 29 September 2015 at 11:30am

      According to the ROH rules and regulations, there should be 44 tix available, one per person, reduced pricing, each day of a performance, at 10 am, if you line up at the court yard entry in time ( i suggest 5 am). Nothing is indicated that this would not apply to the two Kaufmann Carmen's performances. But why couldn't the ROH book Kaufmann for more performances?

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 29 September 2015 at 4:30pm

      Hi Alice,

      Yes, we'll have day tickets for all main stage performances, including Jonas Kaufmann's Carmen dates.
      As to further dates, I'm afraid it's a question of artists' schedules and prior commitments elsewhere.


      ROH Digital Producer

  2. Cynthia Chase responded on 15 September 2015 at 4:49pm Reply

    Thanks, these are great.

    A good preemptive move, on the ROH's part, but i fear it didn't altogether work.

  3. Maria schwrtz responded on 6 November 2015 at 4:09am Reply

    I am flying in from US just for JK performance. Had to purchase on line from third party source since ROH was sold out .
    Worth it all to hear this aa,aging voice live.

  4. Cynthia Chase responded on 24 January 2018 at 9:30am Reply

    Could you please indicate how to read or listen to the BBC interview in which Kaufmann speaks about the letters which, he says, inventively, were "in poetry," to Maddalena?

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