Diana Damrau & Jonas Kaufmann: Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch at the Barbican
I got a last minute cheap ticked for this hot concert. The trio Kaufmann+Damrau+Deutsch are touring the complete Wolf Italienisches Liederbuch though Europe. Touring it over 7 cities allow such superstars with tight agendas work a lot on the programme. And that is the nicest thing that happened here: not only they are good singers that sang well, they did prepare extensively the work. They created something.
They re-ordered the songs creating a narrative through them and worked a lot on the acting side. Sometimes Kaufmann was even over-acting but his charm makes you forget those excesses.
A really lovely recital.