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Portrait of a Tenor: The Magic of Jonas Kaufmann
Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor for the Ages
Dir.: John Bridcut | 90 minutes

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Lecture (in Heb.) by: Dr. Na’ama Ramot

Concert performed by: Shira Cohen soprano, Romi Zelig soprano, Zvi Semel piano

In the program:  Puccini - Liù’s aria from Turandot Tu che di gel sei cintaMusetta’s aria from La bohème Quando m'en vo', Lauretta’s aria from Gianni Schicchi O mio babbino car; Verdi - Violetta’s aria from La Traviata Addio del passato; and Lieder by Schumann and Strauss

UK 2017 | 90 minutes | English, German | Hebrew, English subtitles

This is an intimate look at of one of the greatest tenors of our time, as seen through his eyes and those of friends and associates. Jonas Kaufmann, the admired and supremely talented German singer, has faced challenges and experienced triumphs, which he discusses here along with sharing his refreshingly straightforward worldview. At the same time as it tells Kaufmann's story, the film asks bigger questions about balancing art and life and about what risks and precautions singers, especially opera singers, must take to succeed. Kaufmann is a perfectionist but not a diva - as evidenced by a scene in which he forgets his sword in the dressing room minutes before going onstage to perform the role of Othello and goes to fetch it himself. His sheer talent, great intelligence, and overall pleasant demeanor come together in this portrait of this artist.

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