Johan Botha the great South African/Austrian tenor who died of cancer in September 2016 at the age of 51 had an extraordinary, unforgetable voice. This CD is a tribute to the talent and voice that have to be remembered.
Read review here or click on CD cover above.
Two of my proudest moments, in the four years that I have been writing reviews of classical music and opera, have been my interviews with Jonas Kaufmann and Joyce DiDonato.
Both Kaufmann and DiDonato are extraordinary singers and artists, as well as kind, down to earth, pleasant people. Proud moments that also filled me with joy. How lucky I have been!
Jonas Kaufmann, the tenor from Germany, is one of the most exciting voices on the planet; sometimes, described as the “movie star” of opera. Kindly and in spite of his extremely busy schedule, he agreed to give me an interview. Needless to say that I felt very happy and a little excited.
Kaufmann is not only a great opera singer, demonstrating admirable musical integrity and professionalism; he is also a kind, friendly and unassuming person. It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss his work with him. The article and the full interview can be read here.
There are many excellent recordings featuring Jonas Kaufmann. Some are solo works with orchestra (opera arias) or simply with a pianist (Lieder). The two CDs of arias, below, are my personal favourites.