I love lists, so here is my list of complete operas with Jonas Kaufmann that I have seen over the years. This is 25 different operas in 37 venues/formats. They are listed in the order found in the blog.
I saw the first Fidelio quite by accident, I was in town for Bartoli and had a free evening. The Carmen in Zurich I flew deliberately to see on my way to Italy. By that time I was buying DVDs.
The Paris Werther and the Munich Lohengrin coincided with concerts by Cecilia. How could I resist? In both he was marvelous, at his peak. All three of these operas can be bought commercially.
Then he began appearing in my local movie theater from the Met and streaming from Salzburg and Munich on my computer at home. Then came movies from The Royal Opera in London. The Verdi year with Il Trovatore, Don Carlo and La Forza del Destino was thrilling
That makes 39 altogether.with 5 live operas and one recital in Berkeley, 11 live streams from Salzburg, Munich and Paris, and 5 live in HD from the Met. I regret that the planned live stream of him in Die Meistersinger never took place.
Jonas is a special singer. He is beautiful both to look at and to listen to. He is wonderfully present when he appears on the stage, loving and singing to the women present with him on the stage. You believe that he loves all three of his Leonoras, his Minnie, his Elisabetta, Lola, Manon and so on. His diction is wonderfully clear and his phrases never lose their thread. He is always himself. His music is always informed by his intelligence.
I should do a wish list. He is the best ever in Carmen, Werther and maybe La Fanciulla del West.