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2/23/2024, 7:30 p.m.

Jonas KaufmannThe Sound of Movies

The famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most sought-after stars of the operatic and concert scene today. He has over 70 roles in his repertoire, which he performed in the world’s leading opera houses, such as Milan’s La Scala, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden and, of course, his home Bavarian State Opera.

He won many prestigious awards for his opera and lieder recordings, including Diapason d’or and ECHO/OPUS Klassik. He likes to discover new projects and activities. As of September 2024, he will become the Artistic Director of the Erl Festival in Austria while still maintaining his career of an exceptional performing artist.

Jonas Kaufmann records exclusively for the Sony Classical label; since 2013, he has released a total of 26 successful albums. The latest, which is yet to appear on the market, was created in cooperation with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of renowned German conductor Jochen Rieder who has been working with Jonas Kaufmann for the past 15 years on all his concert projects, including the album The Sound of Movies.

As a passionate fan of motion pictures, as well as a singer, Jonas Kaufmann is naturally particularly receptive to all the wonderful songs from famous films that have traveled the world as soundtracks. For his new project The Sound of Movies, he chose hits from more than eighty years of film history; from Ralph Erwin’s "Ich küsse ihre Hand, Madame" from 1929 to Hans Zimmer’s "Nelle tue mani" from the 2000 film Gladiator.

A fascinating journey through all stages of film music offers evergreens such as "Moon River" by Henry Mancini and Johny Mercer (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), "Edelweiss" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (The Sound of Music), "Singin’ in the Rain" by Ignacio Herbert Brown and Arthur Freed and "Strangers in the Night" by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder. Furthermore, music by Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone and the most famous melodies from movies with Mario Lanza.

Jonas Kaufmann will be accompanied by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, which has a great deal of experience in this genre. Along with the "king of tenors", it will give each piece a special touch, a special listening pleasure – with the softest nostalgic tone, aromatic lightness and a strong vocal expression.

We are honored that on his concert tour, Jonas Kaufmann will introduce his new album in Prague.

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» www.jochenrieder.com
» www.cnso.cz

Program

ALFRED NEWMAN (1900–1970)
20th Century Fox Fanfare

JOHN WILLIAMS (*1932)
Superman March
from the film Superman

GEORGE DAVID WEISS (1921–2010) & BOB THIELE (1922–1996)
What A Wonderful World
from the film Good Morning, Vietnam

NACIO HERB BROWN (1896–1964)
Main Title
from the film Singin’ in the Rain

HENRY MANCINI (1924–1994)
Moon River
from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s

NINO ROTA (1911–1979)
I tre suonatori e il Matto sul filo
from the film La Strada

LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918–1990)
Maria
from the musical West Side Story

STANLEY MYERS (1930–1993)
She was beautiful
from the film The Deer Hunter

BERNARD HERRMANN (1911–1975)
Scene d’amour
from the film Vertigo

ENNIO MORRICONE (1928–2020) & ANDREA MORRICONE (*1964)
Se
from the film Cinema Paradiso

JUVENTINO ROSAS (1868–1894)
The Loveliest Night Of The Year
from the film The Great Caruso

Interval

MAX STEINER (1888–1971)
Main Theme
from the film Gone With The Wind

FRANCIS LAI (1932–2018)
Where Do I Begin
from the film Love Story

CARLOS GARDEL (1890–1935)
Por una Cabeza
from the film Scent of a Woman

MAURICE JARRE (1924–2009)
Adela’s Theme
from the film A Passage to India

ENNIO MORRICONE
1) E più ti penso
from the film Once Upon a Time in America

2) Nella fantasia
from the film The Mission

HANS ZIMMER (*1957), LISA GERRARD (*1961) & KLAUS BADELT (*1967)
Nelle tue mani
from the film Gladiator

Program is subject to change

Project partners

UniCredit Bank

General partner
of the concert series

Čistá Energie Zítřka

Main partner
of the concert

Benzina ORLEN

Main partner
of the concert series

Hlavní město Praha
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Nadace Agrofert
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Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa
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Opera Plus
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