Today Jonas’ latest studio recording, Freudvoll und Leidvoll, has been released on Sony Classics. Recorded during the lockdown with his musical partner, pianist Helmut Deutsch, this album features an exclusive collection of twenty of Liszt’s Lieder.
Helmut Deutsch about this project: "Liszt deserves to occupy a leading place in the history of the art song, and yet even today he is denied this status. Jonas Kaufmann has been singing Liszt’s Petrarch settings – exceptionally demanding from a vocal point of view – for many years. During that time he has added further Liszt songs to his repertory. It is a source of tremendous pleasure for me that I have been able to share my enthusiasm with him and persuade him to record an entire album with me."
The Opus Klassik 2021 award winners have been announced: once again Jonas Kaufmann is among the winners, this time for the recording of Verdi's opera “Otello”. Recorded with the Orchestra & Coro dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano, this album has been named "Opera Recording of the Year (19th century)". The ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 10 at the Konzerthaus Berlin (start 4:45 p.m.). As usual, ZDF will broadcast the event with a time delay (the broadcast begins at 10:15 p.m.).