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.
This year he will appear as a baritone in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
This year we will see Walther from Die Meistersinger. I should do a wish list. He is the best ever in Carmen, Werther and maybe La Fanciulla del West.