The Munich classical singer has been celebrated by audiences in Italy, although ranks in the Verona arenas have cleared up due to the pandemic.

Verona (AP) – Munich opera star Jonas Kaufmann delighted audiences in the Verona arena on Tuesday evening. He gave a long gala evening there with music by Richard Wagner, Umberto Giordano and Giuseppe Verdi – and plenty of encore – against an antique backdrop and rows of seats that thinned out because of the crown.

Already at the break after the Wagner part of the musical evening with Siegmund’s famous aria “Winterstürme gave way to Wonnemond” from the opera “Walküre”, the 52-year-old tenor star and Austrian soprano Martina Serafin were applauded. , who was on his page sang the Sieglinde part. At the very end, he gave one encore after another – including the famous tune “Nessun Dorma”. The concert was not over until three hours after midnight.

Conductor Jochen Rieder, who worked often with Kaufmann, conducted the arena orchestra throughout the evening. The Arena di Verona is a well-preserved Roman amphitheater from the first century AD. Today it is a popular place and a city landmark in northern Italy.

But even in the consecrated arena, everything is a little different during a pandemic. Spectators had to show the so-called “green passport”, which is currently compulsory in Italy for events of this kind and which proves a full vaccination. Additionally, everyone entering the arena was measured for a fever.

Kaufmann is a specialist in Italian and German operas. His weakness for Italy, where he says he feels at home, is well known. Shortly before his performance, he posted a short video on Twitter of himself in vacation attire with the question, “Where should I sing today?” He is looking forward to a fun musical evening in this special place.