Just two days before he'll be livestreamed across the planet in Il trovatore, Jonas Kaufmann has agreed to tackle one of the toughest jobs in tenordom.
He'll step in for the indisposed Klaus Florian Vogt in tonight's Lohengrin in Munich. Kaufmann is well-acquainted with the Richard Jones production - he starred in its debut run.
Wow. That is quite the lucky audience. I was on a holiday across Europe with a friend and we stood for a performance in that first run. The first time I'd ever heard of JK - in love since.
Seeing the Trovatore on Friday: didn't realise it was being livestreamed. Do you know if cameras get in the way?
Intermezzo replies - the cameras are generally positioned at the far ends of the balcony and at the very back, and are relatively unobtrusive (unless that's where your seat happens to be).
Philip Lawton |
03 July 2013 at 05:44 PM
Whoa. That's seriously impressive. Lucky audiences getting a Jonas double bill. But good for him for being a team player.
Looking forward to the Trovatore broadcast - it will be interesting to see how this dark production comes across via laptop.
03 July 2013 at 06:37 PM
JK just keeps getting awesomer. What a trooper!
Regie, or Not Regie |
03 July 2013 at 07:47 PM
As I have seen both in "Lohengrin", I propose the following exercise of imagination: the whole Berlin 2012 production (Vogt) with Jonas in the leading role...
03 July 2013 at 09:13 PM
I love how Jonas' facebook announcement puts it in the translation by Bing;
"Mein lieber Schwan!": Kurzfristig hat Jonas Kaufmann heute für den erkrankten Klaus Florian Vogt die Titelrolle in der LOHENGRIN-Aufführung der Bayerischen Staatsoper übernommen.
"My dear Swan!": in the short term Jonas Kaufmann has acquired today the title role in LOHENGRIN the Bavarian State Opera for the diseased Klaus Florian Vogt. (Translated by Bing)
03 July 2013 at 10:20 PM
Sounds like I'll be okay. Thanks for the info.
Philip Lawton |
03 July 2013 at 11:21 PM
I'm out on Friday night - does anyone know if there's a repeat or any way you can watch the internet streaming on Saturday or Sunday instead?
03 July 2013 at 11:23 PM
"What a trooper!"
Only in Munich.
04 July 2013 at 03:57 AM
Think that as these are live streams there are no repeats. The only time one was made available was when the live stream went down and they made it available for a couple of days afterwards. So as they say in the Aldi advert. Once they're gone, they're gone.
Jungen Werther |
04 July 2013 at 09:36 AM
Danke! Schade. Guess I'll have to wait and hope they release it on DVD then.....
04 July 2013 at 12:07 PM
Faye, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there are to be no more DVDs of BSO productions per Intendant Bachler. This was announced at the press conference for 2013-14 season, and he's mentioned it before.
Evidently he sees opera as a living art that can only be experienced in live performance and not pinned like a butterfly to a board. Their gift to the world (and I am very very grateful for this gift) is the free livestreams of some performances.
Mind you, Bachler has also said in the past, no DVDs because of rights issues and that they are economically not feasible (which makes no sense to me, seeing that much smaller houses regularly release DVDs and it obviously doesn't lose money for them)
04 July 2013 at 05:34 PM
Same reasoning as Hytner here at the National Theatre, who bangs on about "the uniqueness of the fragile moment". Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Twerp. Very glad he's going, so long as it doesn't involve him in having more free time for opera productions, like his Don Carlo.
Give it to Grandage, who'll at least spare us Shakespeare in battle fatigues and incrementally dismal "new" Alan Bennett plays.
05 July 2013 at 01:44 AM
Personally, I'd be delighted if Nicholas Hytner had more time for opera productions. His Magic Flute, Xerxes and Force of Destiny for ENO, and his Cosi fan Tutte for Glyndebourne were all great productions, which caught the spirit of the operas (as I think his Don Carlo did as well). Certainly his productions have staying power, which is more than can be said for a lot of productions we're getting at St Martin's Lane these days. But I thought this was a thread about Jonas Kaufmann replacing the "diseased" Klaus Florian Vogt...
Jonnie Ash |
05 July 2013 at 10:13 AM
Oh please Hyntner any day! No more dull dull dull Grandage opera and for that matter theatre productions. In opera at least I feel he has absolutely nothing to say about the pieces. Not so that you can tell anyway. His Bud, Giovanni and may I never have to sit through his interminable Figaro again. Hyntners personregie is much more interesting and intelligent, though his ROH Don Carlo has one of the worst Auto da fe scenes going. And I've seen Konwitchny!
05 July 2013 at 05:01 PM
I actually liked the Konwitschny staging. But maybe that was because I was, as is my long-legged wont, siting on an aisle, and ended up having considerably more than just my collar felt by one of the black-suited sunglassed FBI men patrolling the auditorium taking names and photographs during the auto-da-fé and whose number I solicited - successfully - in return. Sonia Ganassi - for it was she - who was standing in the Stalls just behind me waiting to process on as Eboli couldn't stop giggling...
But then, I'm not interested in what directors "have to say" about pieces, just the pieces themselves.
06 July 2013 at 05:40 AM
Kaufmann, the operatic superman, and Florez, the bel canto specialist. Incredible that two such gifted tenors should emerge at the same time ------ and sing completely opposite repertoires. One needn't prefer one over the other. Each is number one in their respective fachs. To my immediate knowledge, neither has so much as one role that overlaps the other.
Larry Mitchell |
06 July 2013 at 10:33 PM
Certainly not right now, but them both had sung Rigoletto's Duca and Jonas Kaufmann sung Count Almaviva from Barbiere many many years ago ;)
07 July 2013 at 03:47 AM
But one day the sooty-lashed one will have a crack at Alfredo, and probably Edgardo: Kaufmann's definitely sung the Verdi, and I THINK the Donizetti too at some distant Swiss remove...
07 July 2013 at 07:38 AM
They should arrange a sabbatical swap.
Florez as Siegmund and Kaufmann as Tonio.
I'd pay to see either!
07 July 2013 at 07:41 AM
depends what Donizetti...he may have done a Nemorino as any tenor in his first years, i think he actually has :-) but not in Zurich, unfortunately, no, actually very very unfortunately and sadly he has never gotten round to do Edgardo.... i'd still pay today and crawl to hear him sing it anywhere, he'll i'd pay even to hear him sing Tombe degli avi miei ...sigh..
07 July 2013 at 11:45 PM
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