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Le Temps, 30 décembre 2013
Julian Sykes

Les pépites discographiques de l’année 2013

Jonas Kaufmann, Wagner
Le ténor allemand dans un choix d’airs d’opéra (y compris Rienzi et Tannhäuser) puis dans le cycle des Wesendonck- Lieder, qu’il ose chanter de sa voix d’homme plutôt qu’une voix de femme.

Jonas Kaufmann, The Verdi Album
Treize airs d’opéra parmi les plus célèbres de Verdi, dont des incursions dans Aida et Otello (outre La Force du destin) qui pourraient devenir les rôles de demain pour le ténor allemand. Hélas, le chef Pier Giorgio Morandi et l’Orchestre de l’Opéra de Parme desservent un peu l’album.

Libération, 20 décembre 2013
Eric Dahan

Du Wagner à l’âme
Richard Wagner
Tenor arias & lieder Orchester der deutschen Oper Berlin, Jonas Kaufmann (t), dir. Donald Runnicles (Decca)

Héros de l’année Wagner dans le Parsifal du Met puis de l’année Verdi dans le Don Carlo de Salzbourg, Jonas Kaufmann projette des aigus claironnants et coule des graves de baryton dans les grands airs de Lohengrin, Tannhäuser, Die Walküre et Siegfried. Et l’intelligence de son chant dans les Wesendonck Lieder fait de ce récital une gravure d’anthologie.

Die klassische Champions League

Sänger des Jahres - Jonas Kaufmann: Der deutsche Tenor war der prägende Interpret im Wagner- und Verdi-Jahr. Er steht in beiden Fächern zurzeit unangefochten an der Spitze. An der Wiener Staatsoper sang er (aus Krankheitsgründen leider nur ein Mal) den Parsifal, bei den Salzburger Festspielen wurde er für seine Gestaltung der Titelpartie im „Don Carlo“ bejubelt. In Wien erwies er sich noch dazu als idealer Puccini-Sänger („Fanciulla del West“). Auch an der New Yorker MET und in München leistete er Herausragendes.
The Telegraph, 30 Dec 2013
By Rupert Christiansen

Opera: the best and worst of 2013
1 - Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo, Royal Opera House

Verdi singing of a quality I haven’t heard for a generation.
The Star-Ledger, December 22, 2013
Ronni Reich

Best of 2013: Classical music recordings and performances

Wagner: Jonas Kaufmann, tenor; Orchester der Deutschen Opera Berlin; Donald Runnicles, conductor (Decca): Kaufmann’s foray into Wagner this year, onstage and in recording, has reaped phenomenal rewards. The rugged beauty of his tenor takes on a dynamic range, from a forceful glint like that of the magic sword to hushed, floated vulnerable tones. His thoughtful characterizations, close attention to the text and phrasing are unflagging in widely varied selections from heroic to romantic to reverent. Donald Runnicles leads lively orchestral performances and Kaufmann’s unusual choice to add the "Wesendonck-Lieder" is a treat.
The Star-Ledger, December 17, 2013
Ronni Reich

Top 10 stage performances of 2013 — and more theatrical highlights

"Parsifal" (Metropolitan Opera): A new production by François Giraud featured striking imagery, including a stagewide depiction of Amfortas’ wound that complemented a majestic musical performance led by conductor Daniele Gatti. Jonas Kaufmann proved a fine Wagnerian in the title role, Rene Pape showed characteristic might as Gurnemanz, Katarina Dalayman made a captivating Kundry and Peter Mattei contributed an affecting, well-sung Amfortas.
The Scotsman, 15 December 2013
Alexander Bryce

The best albums of 2013: The critics’ choice

Jonas Kaufmann’s Wagner was a significant and gloriously listenable contribution to that composer’s recordings.
Chicago Tribune, December 06, 2013
John von Rhein

Picking favorites among year's top classical albums

"Jonas Kaufmann—Wagner" (Decca). "Jonas Kaufmann—The Verdi Album" (Sony): Today's reigning superstar tenor is heard in recitals released in honor of the 2013 bicentennial celebrations of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. Kaufmann's plush, baritonal sound (like the richest dark chocolate) is allied to impeccable musicianship and a virile expressive involvement. If I slightly prefer the Wagner disc to the Verdi, you can't go wrong with either.
The New York Times, December 19, 2013

Times Critics’ Favorite Classical Recordings of 2013

JONAS KAUFMANN: ‘WAGNER’ Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Donald Runnicles, conductor (Decca). As one of the most sought-after Wagner tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has had a busy year, taking part in countless bicentennial celebrations as well as starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s spectacularly moving production of “Parsifal.” This recording has all the allure and dark beauty of his singing in extracts from “Siegfried,” “Tannhäuser,” “Lohengrin” and others, but also the thoughtfulness of an artist who does not take his stardom for granted. His rendition of the “Wesendonck Lieder” — rarely sung by men — has Mahlerian desolation and elation. Donald Runnicles draws a glowing performance from the Berlin Opera Orchestra.
Huffington Post, January 4, 2014
Michael Giltz

Theater: The Best Shows of 2013

3. PARSIFAL AT THE MET -- My first experience of Wagner's gorgeous masterwork was overwhelming in its beauty. A religious experience indeed, overseen by director Francois Giraud and sung by an impeccable cast including Rene Papa, Peter Mattei and Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal.
Sunday Express, December 29, 2013
By: Clare Colvin

Verdi, Britten and Wagner: The best and worst of opera of 2013
FROM the wonderful Curlew River, Don Carlo and The Rape of Lucretia to performances of Die Fledermaus and Fidelio that should be consigned to dustbin of operatic oblivion - our critic reviews 2013 in opera...

...Dubbed Male Singer Of The Year by the International Opera Awards, German tenor Jonas Kaufmann lived up to the hype in the title role of Verdi's Don Carlo at the Royal Opera.
The five-act saga about the dysfunctional Hapsburg rulers of Spain had an unforgettable first night when the exquisite Anja Harteros as Elizabeth partnered Kaufmann, before she dropped out for the rest of the run....
Seen and Heard International, January 7, 2014
Michael Cookson

Our Reviewers’ Choices for Best Musical Events of 2013

At the Semper Oper, Dresden on the eve of the bicentennial of Wagner’s birth Christian Thielemann conducted the Staatskapelle Dresden in a programme of Wagner overtures and great tenor opera scenes with Jonas Kaufman as soloist. The remarkable form of both orchestra and Kaufman generated a special atmosphere in the opera house. Also making an impact was the only non-Wagner work of the evening, Hans Werner Henze’s Fraternité for large orchestra, a bold and really accessible score.
Seen and Heard International, January 7, 2014
David Allen

Our Reviewers’ Choices for Best Musical Events of 2013

Wagnerjahr in New York was a sad disappointment. The only bright spot at the Metropolitan Opera was Parsifal, in François Girard’s beautifully sad, cosmically inclined production. The highlight of that – beyond the singing of Peter Mattei, Katrina Dalayman, and especially Rene Pape and Jonas Kaufmann – was the conducting of Daniele Gatti. With the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Gatti also gave a fine concert of ‘bleeding chunks,’ and a modernist, interconnected Mahler 3.

That Parsifal was not only the best Wagner to be heard in New York this year, but the best opera.

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