Monday, July 16, 2018

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 35 venues/formats.  They are listed in the order found in the blog.


Fidelio  live in Zurich 23-Jan-07
La Clemenza di Tito DVD 3-Nov-07
Fierrabras DVD 7-Jan-08
Carmen live in Zurich 2-Jul-08
Carmen DVD 6-Nov-08
Lohengrin live in Munich 16-Oct-09
Werther live in Paris 5-Feb-10
Die Walküre live at the Met 10-May-11
Die Walküre movie from Met 2-Jun-11
Werther DVD 26-Aug-11
Faust movie from Met 10-Dec-11
Nina DVD 11-Mar-12
Adriana Lecouvreur DVD 1-Jun-12
Ariadne auf Naxos (original) stream from Salzburg 28-Aug-12
Königskinder DVD 9-Feb-13
Parsifal movie from Met 2-Mar-13
Il Trovatore stream from Munich 5-Jul-13
Don Carlo stream from Salzburg 16-Aug-13
La Fanciulla del West film from Vienna 7-Oct-13
La Forza del Destino stream from Munich 29-Dec-13
Werther movie from Met 15-Mar-14
Manon Lescaut movie from Covent Garden 30-Jul-14
Andrea Chénier YouTube Covent Garden 3-Feb-15
Don Carlo DVD 5-Mar-15
Cavalleria Rusticana YouTube from Salzburg 13-Apr-15
I Pagliacci YouTube from Salzburg 13-Apr-15
Fidelio  YouTube from Zurich 14-May-15
Manon Lescaut stream from Munich 31-Jul-15
Fidelio  stream Salzburg 13-Aug-15
The Damnation of Faust stream Paris 22-Dec-15
La Forza del Destino DVD 10-Sep-16
Andrea Chénier stream from Munich 18-Mar-17
Otello movie from Covent Garden 21-Jul-17
Don Carlos stream from Paris 25-Oct-17
Parsifal stream from Munich 8-Jul-18


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 35 altogether.with 5 live operas and one recital in Berkeley, 9 live streams from Salzburg, Munich and Paris, and 4 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.

3 comments:

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 medici.tv 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...

Dr.B said...

http://blog.onopera.com/2015/10/was-ist-denn-dass.html