Such is the case with his forthcoming homage to the ever-famous Giacomo Puccini. The world's greatest living tenor, he sings "Nessun Dorma," the highlight of Puccini's Turandot, among other selections from Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and more.
To be released via Sony Classical on September 11, "Nessun Dorma" - The Puccini Album features personal favorites from the singer, along with a repertoire of special performances certainly not worth missing.
But don't take it from us. In accordance with his anticipated release, Kaufmann discusses exactly why he chose to do this album in a special "Making Of" segment. In it, he mentions that his affinity for Puccini goes beyond the surface, exacting a sort of passion that only the composer himself is capable of.
As the singer notes, it was a "stroke of luck" that he was able to record the album in Rome. Being able to collaborate once again with Maestro Antonio Pappano, the chief conductor to the Academia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, helped breathe a familiar inspiration into his performances.
He goes so far to say that listening to, and simply mentioning, "Nessun Dorma" brings him "goose bumps."