'One of the most sought-after tenors with the stamina and heft for Wagner and the ardent warmth for Italian opera'
New York Times
Jonas Kaufmann is a phenomenon. With his musicality, his vocal technique and his expressive powers - to say nothing of his matinée-idol good looks - he is widely regarded as the greatest tenor of today. Thomas Voigt's intimate biography, written in collaboration with Kaufmann, reflects on the singer's artistic development in recent years; his work in the recording studio; his relationship to Verdi and Wagner; the sacrifices of success; and much more. It gives unparalleled insight into the world of one of the most captivating opera singers of the international stage.
WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM PLÁCIDO DOMINGO, ANJA HARTEROS, ANTONIO PAPPANO AND MANY MORE
'Mr Voigt's journalistic credentials are impeccable ... Mr Kaufmann goes into detail on the physical demands of his art; he speaks eloquently on the fear to which all singers are prone'
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About the Author
Thomas Voigt is a freelance writer, journalist, filmmaker and vocal coach, born in 1960 in Hagen, Germany. From 1992 to 1996 he edited Opernwelt (Opera World) and from 1998 to 2003 was editor-in-chief of Fono Forum. He has published biographies of Martha Mödl, Inge Borkh and Edda Moser and made documentary films about Fritz Wunderlich, Lisa Della Casa, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Robert Stolz and Jonas Kaufmann. For his services to journalism he was awarded the Gottlob Frick Medal in Gold.
Table of Contents
'A singer entirely after my own heart' 1
Foreword Plácido Domingo
'Dimmi quando, quando, quando… 3
Introduction to the revised edition
The tenor as an object of desire 9
'A creature not of this world'
A sex symbol in the service of opera'
Exhibitionism and eroticism
'The new king of tenors'
The first twenty-five years 19
Wagner and Puccini
The worst possible troublemaker
In the extra chorus at the Theater am Gärtnerplatz
Maths or music?
Gigs and bit parts
Lessons with three vocal legends: James King
Josef Metternich and Hans Hotter
The galley years
Between chimneys and motorway
Overexertion and vocal crisis
A turning point 47
Lessons with Michael Rhodes
'Stop manipulating your voice'
A fresh start as a freelance artist
Music theatre 59
Protest at the opera
The Stuttgart Opera
Martin Kušej's production of Fidelio
Cost fan tutte with Giorgio Strehler
'Create something new each time'
La Scala debut
Fidelio with Rilling and Harnoncourt
The Salzburg Entführung
Debuts in Chicago and Paris
La rondine in London
Zurich as mother ship 75
A prophet in his own country
Permanence and freedom
A rollercoaster of emotions
'He always remains down to earth'
Alexander Pereira: 'An out-and-out phenomenon'
'Do they really mean me?' 85
Die Walküre and 'the machine'
Song recital at the Met
High Definition: opera in the cinema
Management and PR 103
Zemsky and Green
'The management regrets…' 115
The singer as athlete
Two months' rest
Dolce Vita and a streak of bad luck
Smoke, germs, reflux
Verdi and Wagner 127
The German-Italian border
Bel canto for Wagner
Lohengrin at Bayreuth and La Scala
The long road to Otello
Conversation with Jürgen Kesting: 'Ideal for damaged characters'
At home in Munich 153
Conversation with Nikolaus Bachler: 'A source of great happiness'
Conversation with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann: 'Then you can take risks'
Franco-German relations 163
The globalization of opera
Massenet Natalie Dessay: 'Not even a little bit nervous!'
Christa Ludwig: 'Ecco un artista!'
In the Palace of the Emotions' 173
Opera singing as therapy
'Who's got the biggest?'
La bohème with two tenors
La fanciulla in Vienna
Puccini with Pappano
Antonio Pappano: 'To thine own self be true'
The performance after the performance 191
The 'Unofficial Website'
Lieder, the ne plus ultra of singing 199
The magic of the moment
Mentor and partner: Helmut Deutsch
A masterclass with Hans Hotter
Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin and Winterreise
Helmut Deutsch: 'Don't ever bring me anyone like that again!'
Inner balance 217
Career and family
Living out of a suitcase
Helene Fischer and John Malkovich
'A completely normal person'
Comparisons and models
Singing and the soul
Notes on the contributors 233
Index of names 249