Although criticisms of his vocality and interpretation weren’t absent, he is a greatly loved figure, and seemed genuinely surprised at the warmth of the reception, both at the beginning of the recital, and during the insistent applauding after his encores. Ingemisco from Verdi’s Requiem and Alvaro’s aria from La Forza del Destino were certainly impressive, after the more intimate lieder repertoire during the official programme.
Kaufmann demonstrated his gratitude by going down on one knee before the the La Scala crowd, and radiating a slightly goofy wide smile with his new dental braces.
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