Earlier this month, Classicalite released an exclusive behind-the-scenes look into Jonas Kaufmann's upcoming release, Nessum Dorma - The Puccini Album. Now, in a heated quarrel with his former label, Kaufmann is the victim of a dueling Puccini album adorning his namesake, entitled The Age of Puccini.
The former album, Nessun Dorma, has been a passion project of Kaufmann's for some time now. Perhaps the most famous and sought after tenor in the world, The Puccini Album was recorded in Rome last fall with the conductor Antonio Pappano.
But it gets tricky.
Decca, the singer's ex-label, is pre-empting Kaufmann's September album with a different compilation due out in August. Jonas Kaufmann - The Age of Puccini features older recordings from the tenor singing Puccini arias as well as other works from various composers.
And that doesn't sit well with the heavyweight.
A full statement was posted in light of the situation: