Jonas Kaufmann’s critically acclaimed album ‘Nessun Dorma: The Puccini Album,’ featuring Kristine Opolais on duets from Manon Lescaut and La Bohème, has been nominated for a 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. For more information on the ceremony and winners announcement in February visit The GRAMMYs online.

“Three other selections from this opera drive home this impression, especially the electrifying “Oh, sarò la più bella!”, the duet in which Kaufmann’s Des Grieux falls in love with the temptress Manon Lescaut (here sung glowingly by Kristine Opolais). Indeed, Kaufmann states in the liner notes that the electricity he felt among the orchestra, conductor, and Opolais was so strong that they “had the feeling from the opening bar: only one take needed!

. . . “O Soave Fanciulla” from La Bohème —another successful duet with Opolais, whose voice searingly overlaps and intertwines with Kaufmann’s—flickers with the incandescent hope and warmth of Mimì’s candle.”

Rebecca S. Lentjes – Opera Today

“Manon and des Grieux’s Act II love duet finds soprano Kristine Opolais partnering Kaufmann (as she did in London performances last year) with sensitivity and voluptuous sound . . .  La Bohème’s Act I finale, “O soave fanciulla,” again with Opolais, is seductive in its intensity and restraint, with invitingly caressed phrases.”

Judith Malafronte – Opera News