Munich-born tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his Canadian debut in Montreal (Photo by schotzshootspeople)
The world’s greatest living tenor, opera superstar Jonas Kaufmann, sits down for a one-on-one with CharPo on the eve of his much-anticipated Montreal debut …
Cutline: Jonas Kaufmann is widely hailed as the best tenor in the world (Photo by schotzshootspeople)
Kaufmann is, says The New York Times, “the most exciting tenor around.”
“The special challenge is to create a character and a situation within 3 to 5 minutes,” Kaufmann says. “Therefore, singing a bunch of arias in a concert is almost as demanding as a song recital since you have to tell the entire story in a short time. For example, if you sing Alvaro’s aria from La forza del destino, you have to create the situation of a man who suffers from being separated from his beloved. Just to sing a well-known Verdi tune would be completely besides the point.”
Kaufmann is always searching for the next great moment, but he nearly lost it all in 1995.
If anything, Kaufmann’s vocal crisis made him love opera even more.