Asked if he'd ever contemplate a nude role, Jonas Kaufmann responded that he wouldn't turn it down on principle, reports the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung.
David McVicar, London is depending on you.
Hasn't he already? I thought the original Herheim Entführung opened with Belmonte nude, although quickly clothed. Bear in mind, I've only read this in German so I could have misunderstood. ;-)
24 February 2012 at 04:44 PM
Stand by for a lot of posts on this one, Intermezzo!
24 February 2012 at 04:53 PM
Sorry to comment twice in a row but I hope people will read the whole article after the headline catches their eye. His thoughts on regie are no surprise but he has several times now mentioned having to spend a lot of rehearsal time to bring a director up to speed on "what opera is". Can't help but wonder to whom this refers!
And I'm always happy to read about his love for his family because I'm an old softie about that.
Intermezzo replies - For 'director' read Des McAnuff is my guess.
24 February 2012 at 05:01 PM
If JK's views on Regie are as stated in the article, why does he sing in so many such productions?
24 February 2012 at 07:30 PM
NUDITY IN LES TROYENS IS UTTERLY INAPPROPRIATE!
That said, I believe that the message and story of...say...Parisfal is best told in complete nakedness. It could be used as a metaphor (...or something).
François Girard TAKE NOTE!
24 February 2012 at 08:23 PM
I like ;)
24 February 2012 at 09:28 PM
I'm just curious - whether this picture depicts his happiness on the subject or what ? ;)
25 February 2012 at 01:19 AM
The truth is, we'd be disappointed. Erwin Schrott goes to the gym all the time, but Herr Kaufmann, while not the stereotypical overweight singer, does not strike me as buff. We are very demanding about the male physique nowadays. Better he should keep his clothes on and retain retain the allure of mystery.
25 February 2012 at 04:28 AM
LOL... Can't count on the Paris Opera for this, looks more like something you could get in a Eurotrash German prod! Tickets would be had to get!
25 February 2012 at 07:19 AM
Agree totally on "Les Troyens". However, anything that relieves the tedium of "Parsifal" has to be a bonus. Early teenage exposure to "Parsifal" and "Rienzi" (!) is probably what turned me into a life-long Wagner hater.
25 February 2012 at 10:19 AM
Will his teeth go naked too?
25 February 2012 at 10:21 PM
Steady on, girls! Better not to torture yourselves with the thought, however exquisitely...
26 February 2012 at 11:57 AM
I think we can leave this one to the ladies ...
26 February 2012 at 03:58 PM
I could not agree more with Lily. Since he is no athlete as Schrott and Alagna it would be much better for him to keep the allure of mystery.
Liane Bierau |
26 February 2012 at 07:24 PM
The only mistery I'd like to solve is whether the carpet matches the curly curtains.
27 February 2012 at 12:07 AM
Well, I don't think it does, the clips of Carmen where there is a bit of chest exposure, there is no carpet!
27 February 2012 at 11:40 AM
May, somehow I don't think Andres was referring to chest hair. As to his undeveloped state, I seem to recall his saying in an interview that overdeveloped abdominals would interfere with his breathe control.
27 February 2012 at 11:27 PM
Um...that's "breath" control. Mind wandered a bit.
27 February 2012 at 11:33 PM
Quite a few minds have wandered on this thread.
28 February 2012 at 01:18 AM
Wait...did you just call Alagna an athlete?!? Like, ROBERTO ALAGNA?!?!
28 February 2012 at 03:05 AM
@FC Yes, I did mean Roberto Alagna whom I have seen jumping on a table which was at least 75 cms high without using either of his hands and across same table with using one hand. This he did in 2009 second act Carmen in London, and I call this athletic and have never seen another singer doing this I believe he also joggs regularly. Perhaps your idea of athletic is different.
Liane Bierau |
28 February 2012 at 12:04 PM
A bucket of water needed on this thread too...! It will be pistols at dawn soon between the Tenor Fan Clubs. Or should that be bristols at dawn? Oh god, now I'm at it...! [Enough: Ed].
28 February 2012 at 05:25 PM
What's a bristol? To me that's a paint color.
28 February 2012 at 08:04 PM
It's Cockney rhyming slang - Bristol City...oh do think about it.
29 February 2012 at 08:47 AM
Well, for me a "bristol" is a visiting card - on second thoughts, forget I said that! Hmm, "JK is happy to go naked" - 24 replies - "Pectacular Don (with photographic evidence)" - 16 replies - "Poplavskaya's Musetta Masterclass" - 1 reply. Do I detect a trend here?!
29 February 2012 at 11:37 AM
Geez, I had to google that rhyming slang. Not easy to go from "Bristol" to "titty", DERS. I bet you'd 'get' Wieler and Morabito's Rusalka even from a upper slips restricted view bench.
29 February 2012 at 03:13 PM
I have had a good healthy laugh reading all the comments listed above and agree with some. If Angela Gheorghiu is correct I guess Des McAnuff is the one.
A couple of points: some people need to go to the gym, Mr. Kaufmann to my mind was lucky when the genes were distributed; he obviously does enough to keep trim. I wonder whether we are losing the plot a little as the most important things are the singing and acting; the clothing must compliment them and the story.
Anything else is a distraction. Lossie
lois buxton |
04 March 2012 at 02:42 AM
I have found an article regarding the 2003 Herheim production and it refers to "body doubles".
05 March 2012 at 07:08 AM
In reply to FragendeFrau Feb 24th
I have looked at a critique of the 2003 Herheim production and it refers to "Body Doubles".
05 March 2012 at 07:17 AM
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