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JONAS KAUF­MAN Nes­sun Dorma – The Puc­cini Al­bum Sony 88875092482

This al­bum is mostly a tour de force as Kauf­mann brings his mu­si­cal artistry to the great Puc­cini arias. As be­fits the singer’s darkly re­ful­gent voice, the al­bum is lux­u­ri­ous, in­clud­ing a short DVD show­ing him in re­hearsals. While the singer has not been greatly as­so­ci­ated with Puc­cini to date, he clearly has thought deeply about these arias, some of which are from lesserknown Puc­cini op­eras. The re­sult, though not en­tirely suc­cess­ful, does make for a thought­ful and en­gag­ing recital. The big­ger arias (such as the Nes­sun Dorma) are de­liv­ered in re­splen­dent fash­ion, but he is less com­fort­able in the smaller lyri­cal items where he has dif­fi­culty in scal­ing down his ap­proach. His part­ner in the Manon Lescaut duets (Kris­tine Opo­lais) is ad­e­quate. An­to­nio Pap­pano’s con­duct­ing, is sen­si­tive and be­guil­ing. sony­mu­sic.com COL­MAN MOR­RIS­SEY

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