You are listing to Jonas Kaufmann singing my favorite tenor opera piece: “E lucevan le stelle” (“And the stars were shining”) from “Tosca” by Puccini – It is sung by Mario Cavaradossi (tenor), a painter in love with the singer Tosca, while he waits for his execution on the roof of Castel Sant’Angelo.
“And the stars were shining,
And the earth was scented.
The gate of the garden creaked
And a footstep grazed the sand…
Fragrant, she entered
And fell into my arms.”
This evening I was delighted by a BBC 4’s documentary about the German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, made around his performance in Otello in 2017 at Covent Garden. I was glued to the TV for the most interesting, magical and enjoyable 1,5 hour, “Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages”.
Peter is filmed working with the Royal Opera’s music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, and the stage director, Keith Warner – and is involved in every aspect of the preparations. He talks freely about his earlier cancellations, about what keeps him going during a run of performances, and about the problems of being a star.
What a man .. What a voice … I think I’m in LOVE!!!!
Such a charming, charismatic, funny, humble, particular and handsome man. He is so SEXY. And what a voice ….. !!!!!!!!!!!!! He ticks all my boxes *smile
Jonas Kaufmann (born 1969 in Munich) is a German operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and the title role in Don Carlos. He has also sung leading tenor roles in the operas of Richard Wagner with success in Germany and abroad, most notably the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He is also an accomplished Lieder singer. In 2014 The New York Times described Kaufmann as “a box-office draw, and… the most important, versatile tenor of his generation.
Often when I been visiting major cities around in Europe have I seen his posters, announcing his concerts, but I have never listened to him or paid him any bigger attention more than I thought he is a very handsome man, my love has belonged Placido Domingo since 1989.
Now I found out that I will miss his performance at Wiener Staatsoper with a week, I will be leaving Vienna on 17th and 24th and 26 April + 2th May he are performing in “Andrea Chénier” an opera by Umberto Giordano. Everything is sold out.
His schedule for this year looks to be an evenly slipt between Europe and the USA.
1989–1994 he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. His first big engagement was at Staatstheater Saarbrücken, 1994–1996 and after that, he has gone from strength to strength.
He made his debut as Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Angela Gheorghiu in 2006 to great critical acclaim. He also sang the role in 2007 and 2008 at The Met and in Covent Garden in 2008.
Regarding his private life, he was married to mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig. They separated in 2014. They have three children. His new life-partner is the opera director Christiane Lutz.
Jonas has just released his new album, “L’Opéra” – his 13th album.
I just must tell you about my experience from the biggest of them all … Pavarotti. My landlord manages to get tickets for his family and me, July 1995 -at Royal Albert Hall – Gala concert and all, with Lady Diana present!!!!! – “Pavarotti Plus at the Royal Albert Hall”.
First of all, Pavarotti didn’t look that well … he even took some medicine on stage. It was a concert with some other opera singers (for me unknown): Dolora Zajic, Nuccia Focile, Leo Nucci, Dwayne Croft, Kallen Esperian, Jonathan Carney, Francesco Ellero d’Artegna, Leah-Marian Jones, and Natalie Dessay (help from Google here)
I don’t have much to say about Pavarotti or the concert because I fell to sleep about 15 min into the concert. I was so bored!!! After the interval I was awake, but my landlord and his family didn’t think they got value for their money neither. The ticket cost me a smaller fortune.
I didn’t get the T-shirt, but I got the program … had framed it, but it was stolen in 2010. When my basement storage was burglarized. Had totally forgotten about the program – had so many of programs.
I know for sure that I will NOT fall to sleep during a Jonas Kaufmann performance because my eyes will be glued to him.
“Of all the noises known to man,
opera is the most expensive.”