On stage, they’re usually rivals, but in real life, Jonas Kaufmann and Ludovic Tézier share a close friendship. After many live performances together these two extraordinary artists have recorded their first duet album: “Insieme”, meaning “together” in Italian, to be released on Sony Classical. Accompanied by the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano, they present duets they’ve sung together on stage, plus works specially chosen for the album.
The album includes a booklet containing all lyrics and two booklet notes in German, English and French languages. The repertoire on the album captures all their big milestones in their joint professional careers, as well as some new unexplored ground. The various debuts include Jonas’ first performance of La Gioconda and Ludovic's first time singing the role of Iago in Otello. The album contains rarely recorded repertoire including the French version of Les Vêpres Siciliennes which is usually done in Italian. Don Carlos is recorded here in the French version of Verdi's opera which replicates their success of the French version in the 2017 Paris Opera production.
1 La Bohème, Act IV: "In un Coupé?...O Mimi, tu più non torni"
2 La Gioconda, Op. 9: "Enzo Grimaldo, Principe di Santafior, che pensi?"
3 Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Act I: "Quel est ton nom?"
4 Les Vêpres Siciliennes, Act III: "Je n'en puis revenir"
5 Don Carlos, Act II: "Le voilà! C'est l'infant!"
6 La forza del destino, Act III: "Solenne in quest'ora"
7 La forza del destino, Act III: "Nè gustare m'è dato un'ora di quiete"
8 La forza del destino, Act IV: "Invano Alvaro"
9 Otello, Act II: "Tu?! Indietro! Fuggi!" - "Era la notte" - "Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro"
Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Ludovic Tézier (baritone), Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
Running Time: 73 minutes