Friday Fun with Opera: Two Tenors, Two Languages, One Aria
The world of opera has known many good tenors. Precious few, however, have made it to the ranks of the great.
For some Friday fun, I bring you two truly great tenors – one belated, the other of the new guard of opera stars – singing the same aria: “M’appari” (Italian) or “Ach, so fromm” (German) from Friedrich von Flotow’s most famous opera, Martha.
Here’s the inimitable Luciano Pavarotti singing “M’appari” in a 1988 recital with James Levine:
Now the phenomenal Jonas Kaufmann singing “Ach, so fromm” in a recording session for his Romantic Arias recording: