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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Met 2010-2011: Jonas Kaufmann




Our favourite tenor of the moment, Jonas Kaufmann sang his role debut as Siegmund in the new production of Die Walkure on April 22, 2011.  I have managed to locate a couple of snippets released by the Met, the broadcast taking place this weekend in the US and later in June here in Australia.  He's had excellent reviews and I look forward to seeing this amazing singer in what could be a possible future signature role, given his past and current successes with Lohengrin around the globe.

“The audience fell in love with the new Met Siegmund, Mr. Kaufmann, who proved his Wagnerian prowess last summer as Lohengrin at Bayreuth. Handsome and limber, he looked like a young demigod. His dark, textured and virile voice has ideal Germanic colorings for the music. He is a true tenor, and the role may sit a little low for him. He could not wait, it seemed, to sing the big high A in Siegmund’s last phrase of Act I, which he held onto thrillingly. All in all, he had a great night.“
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times


You can visit his website at http://www.jonaskaufmann.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have to say I was extremely impressed with Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund. His interpretation was absolutely awesome. The only other Siegmund I've heard is James King on Böhm's recording; but his character seems one dimensional in comparison in part because of Böhm's consistently fast pace.

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