Because a day without Jonas is, frankly, barely worth living. Here he is, backstage at the Met's Rigoletto, subjecting to Renee Fleming's probing.
Because a day without Jonas is like tea without sugar, bread without butter.... ;-)
Not a bad interview although I do cringe sometimes as they always seem 'false' to me. The clip from Parsifal has me intrigued though so roll on the HD broadcast on 2nd March.
19 February 2013 at 08:11 PM
Quite a motor-mouth when he gets going isn't he? Bless him. To the end of time. And space.
19 February 2013 at 09:50 PM
I attended the prima at the Met last Friday night. Kaufmann and all the men (Mattei, Pape, Nikitin & Brattaberg) were good. Wasn't impressed with Dalayman (I heard Ludwig, Rysanek & Crespin) or Gatti's conducting, and disliked the production. Kaufmann is in his prime now and goes from strength to strength.
20 February 2013 at 02:12 AM
I would have expected Ms. Fleming to be the sort of person who would wear rubber gloves while "probing"
20 February 2013 at 03:50 PM
God, he likes to talk. And talk, and talk, and talk....God bless him
20 February 2013 at 05:24 PM
He's an unusually intelligent man...for a tenor-;)
20 February 2013 at 10:40 PM
It would be interesting to get Keenlyside and Kaufmann together and see which one talks the most. It's not so much the talking that's unusual, it's the intellectualizing. Fine with me.
21 February 2013 at 12:31 AM
Yes, he is intelligent, though this is scarcely evident - with him or anybody - in the hideously false and pressurised environment of these ghastly "backstage at the Met" vox pops, which for some reason are always at their strained and unnatural worst when Renée Fleming's in charge (a diva of rare intelligence and articulacy herself, though you'd never guess it from these stilted, rictus-grinning encounters). Kaufmann just comes across as rather needy and hyper (poor Dalayman barely gets a look-in). But in the right environment, and given time to marshall his thoughts properly, he's very interesting on all aspects of opera as practised today, especially compared with yesterday, of which he has an unusually thorough knowledge.
It takes a certain kind of "f**k-it" attitude and decontraction to thrive in such situations - camera-savvy based on sheer charisma, in short - and of those who've been seen thus far, only Netrebko has the requisite personality, though Deborah Voigt is better than all the other Americans who give it a go. Frankly, the minute the curtain comes down, it's time to head for the interval trough...
21 February 2013 at 01:46 AM
The cheesiness of these Met diva. interviews is part of their charm!
21 February 2013 at 07:51 AM
...she is a really good girl -
Renée The Omnipresent ;)...
as to my personal choices - I never liked Wagner much and ( hopefully) will never like it ;)...
to finish my post in a more positive key - why wouldn't Renée interview René Pape ? ;) I'd love to see them both together ;)
21 February 2013 at 09:05 AM
InterMezzo - how about inserting the word "Kaufmann" in the title of every new post? The odd "Jonas" would be fine as a substitute. Of course "Jonas Kaufmann" would elicit the ultimate Pavolvian response.
21 February 2013 at 11:07 AM
If you count the number of replies on any post about Netrebko, you'll see she easily beats out Kaufmann.
Put them together, and Intermezzo will be so busy approving comments there won't be time to post anything new.
21 February 2013 at 01:40 PM
I would like so much to ask the eloquent Mr. Kaufmann the big wagnerian question I always wanted to, but never dared: who was the mother of Lohengrin? I believe Kundry to be innocent, but then again, I am just a baroque soprano who can tolerate Wagner only when performed by... such inspiring artists.
21 February 2013 at 02:12 PM
Well the legends say she was Konduiramur , for example here in short http://bibliothek.bhak-bludenz.ac.at/parzival.asp or here :-)
http://www.neuschwanstein.de/deutsch/idee/sagen/parzival.htm Parzifal marries Konduiramur, has Lohengrin, leaves for more adventures and finds them again when he finally reaches Montsalvat again.
21 February 2013 at 04:34 PM
Try to keep your pants on, guys - Jonas is a sexy man with a great voice but in the intellectual tenor rankings, Ian Bostridge is still king. Whether you'd want to see him shirtless covered in stage blood is another matter.
On a different note - watching Jonas sing without elaborate stage costumes makes it clearer how physically idiosyncratic his singing technique is. I've never seen such a depressed larynx. Whatever works for him, I guess!
21 February 2013 at 05:13 PM
Thanks Hariclea, it's a relief to know that he came from a solid backround and a happy family! I will be attending both Jonas Kaufmann's "Parsifal" and "Winterreise" in Vienna this April, for we only live once, even in times of crisis!(Of course, Mrs. Merkel, a great fan of JK herself, wouldn't agree with me, but that's the difference between North and South).
21 February 2013 at 06:18 PM
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