Bachtrack, 13 September 2015
von Mark Pullinger
Last Night of the Proms, 2015, London, Royal Albert Hall
Prom 76: Alsop and Kaufmann lead the Last Night revelries
.......The guest of honour most people awaited with the greatest anticipation was star tenor Jonas Kaufmann. His Puccini and Lehár did not disappoint, his burnt chocolate tenor a little dark for Cavaradossi’s “Recondita armonia”, perhaps, but satisfyingly rich in “Donna non vidi mai” and the ubiquitous “Nessun dorma”. The wild audience reception he was afforded seemed to genuinely astonish him, but perhaps not as much as the pair of black knickers that winged their way onto the platform! Kaufmann was all Dolce and Gabbana elegance in long velevet jacket and slipper shoes for his second half appearance, which included a swooning “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz” in which he switched to English for the second verse. He made a noble effort at Rule Britannia, considering his baritonal tenor doesn’t zip around all that easily. A Bavarian flag added a nice touch. ...

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