Sunday, January 10, 2016

Jonas Kaufmann

I love lists, so here is my list of complete operas with Jonas Kaufmann that I have seen over the years. This is 23 different operas in 34 venues/formats.  They are listed in the order found in the blog.

Fidelio  live in Zurich
La Clemenza di Tito DVD
Fierrabras DVD
Carmen live in Zurich
Carmen DVD
Werther live in Paris
Lohengrin live in Munich
Die Walküre live at the Met
Die Walküre movie from Met
Werther DVD
Faust movie from Met
Nina DVD
Adriana Lecouvreur DVD
Ariadne auf Naxos (original) stream from Salzburg
Königskinder DVD
Parsifal movie from Met
Il Trovatore stream from Munich
Don Carlo stream from Salzburg
La Fanciulla del West film from Vienna
La Forza del Destino stream from Munich
Werther movie from Met
Manon Lescaut movie from Covent Garden
Andrea Chénier Youtube Covent Garden
Don Carlo DVD
Cavalleria Rusticana Youtube from Salzburg
I Pagliacci Youtube from Salzburg
Fidelio  Youtube from Zurich
Manon Lescaut stream from Munich
Fidelio  stream Salzburg
The Damnation of Faust stream Paris
La Forza del Destino DVD
Andrea Chénier stream from Munich
Otello movie from Covent Garden

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 this 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

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.


Anonymous said...

I also thought his Canio in Salzburg was one of the best things I've ever seen. Did you buy your tickets to the La Scala movie yet? I am looking forward to that.
- Ann

N.J. Colman said...

I see you noticed the rather extraordinary performance of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde schedules for June 23 in Paris. He is singing BOTH parts Tenor & Baritone in a single concert. Has anyone ever done this? I have not found any such performance, live or recorded. I have my ticket. It is sold-out. Before June, hopefully a journalist will ask why and how this undertaking? He has sung the tenor parts many times. Most notably in one of Claudio Abbado's final performances. If you haven't seen it, seek it out. (Try or Video on Demand from the Berlin Philharmonic. Private recordings are also out there.) In a BBC interview, Kaufmann said his #1 "can't live without" recording is Christa Ludwig singing "Der Abschied", the last song. That music offered by this artist; ineffable transcendent, Ewig... ewig...