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Jonas Kaufmann cancels Four Last Songs

December 22, 2017 by norman lebrecht

26 comments.


The tenor, who was supposed to attempted the Richard Strauss valediction, has pulled out of a performance with Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia in Rome.

Kaufmann first cancelled the Songs in London last February. He has rescheduled to sing them at the Barbican in May.

A causa di una improvvisa indisposizione il tenore Jonas Kaufmann è costretto a cancellare il suo impegno per il concerto del 22 dicembre. Accanto al dispiacere per l’improvvisa defezione, il Maestro Pappano, l’Orchestra e il Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia intendono manifestare la loro riconoscenza nei riguardi del pubblico, che segue con affetto la programmazione dell’Accademia, offrendo un concerto gratuito alla città che si terrà venerdì 22 dicembre alle ore 20.30.

 


Comments (26)

  1. Thea Derks says:

    Lucky Romans, hope Santa Cecilia will replace the turbo tenor by a real singer.

    1. Brian B says:

      Amen. I’m getting tired of JK’s self-aggrandizement. Strauss specifically wrote these songs for soprano. Apparently co-opting both solo parts in Das Lied wasn’t enough for him.

    2. Una says:

      Or a soprano for whom they were written …

  2. Igor Kennaway says:

    Maybe that he has cancelled while preparing to study the role of the Feldmarschallin

    1. Sanity says:

      I await his Cunegonde breathlessly. ‘Gleeeeeter aaaaarnt beee gaaaaaaaay’.

    2. Robert Goodloe says:

      Good joke…by the way I sang with you and the Fl symphony in FtMyers a few years back….Nemico della patria and the Watch duet from Fledermaus…I have a recording from the concert broadcast on public radio

  3. Robin Worth says:

    If you read the Italian text you will see that Pappano and his band are compensating for the “improvvisa defezione” by giving their grateful public a free concert tonight. Not a bad deal for the Romans

    1. Mike Schachter says:

      It certainly is a nice gesture, and “improvvisa defezione” sounds wonderful, akin to treason.

      1. John Borstlap says:

        It is also a musical term: “a l’improvvisa defezione”, above one of the coloratura cadences in Lucia di Lammermoor.

  4. Lydia wahlberg says:

    Surprise, surprise.

  5. Ellingtonia says:

    Perhaps it is time someone had the balls to give him the “Kathleen Battle” treatment!

    1. Raymond says:

      Explain that please.

      1. Charles Fischbein says:

        If you recall Joe Volpe virtually threw Battle out the door of The Met suggesting she avoid the door hitting her in the ass on the way out.
        But the Met wount bounce Kaufman who sells tickets and has virtually no cancellations there.
        At least not as,bad as Netrebko when it comes to cancellations.

  6. Claire says:

    Entiendo la ira del público que se siente defraudado. Pero no la falta de respeto y los comentarios despectivos al gran maestro Kaufmann. Estoy segura que la última persona en desear esa cancelación es el mismo JK. Reciba el maestro mis excusas por los escritos de mal gusto. A eso le llamamos por mis tierras vergüenza ajena.

    1. Una says:

      Che???? Que????

  7. Viola Jane says:

    Wow- what mean-spirited comments! Extraordinary.

    1. Una says:

      Well I wish him well as a person and as a singer. But I do question the whole thing of him ever singing the Strauss Four Last Songs as I do Kathryn Jenkins singing Nessun dorma in Welsh!!! His Wesendonk was awful and so mannered. There is okenty of repertoire foe tenors to do without Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Tessitura means soprano and tenor song cycles are not always interchangeable. Then you have all the marketing and marketing and profiteering behind it all, but in the end he could have just said no for hnest and good artistic reasons!

    2. Una says:

      Well I wish him well as a person and as a singer. But I do question the whole thing of him ever singing the Strauss Four Last Songs as I do Kathryn Jenkins singing Nessun dorma in Welsh!!! His Wesendonk was awful and so mannered. There is plenty of repertoire for tenors to do without Strauss’s Four Last Songs. Tessitura means soprano and tenor song cycles are not always interchangeable. Then you have all the marketing and marketeering and profiteering behind it all, but in the end he could have just said no for hnest and good artistic reasons!

  8. Leonhard Medardus says:

    Punishment will certainly come, after so many artistic arrogances!
    Who does Jonas Kaufmann believe himself to be?
    A shouting, raw voice of a corrupt human being, who allows himself to profanate all kinds of music….an operatic bitcoin!

    1. martain smith says:

      Heh, an “operatic bitcoin” – quite a term, but how appropriate!
      Marketing, marketing, marketing…….

    2. Viola Jane says:

      Wow- struggling to type this through laughing- is this what’s known as an envious attack, I wonder

  9. Robin Worth says:

    Just for the record, consider this:

    I had booked , a few years ago, to see a leading bel canto lady sing in Zurich. She fell sick and could not be replaced. Zurich could not stage the production. Enter Kaufmann at short notice to let the house put on Boheme, with some success.

  10. Charles Fischbein says:

    I hear the Bitcom bubble burst this week.
    Bad omen for Kaufman
    Merry Christmas

  11. Barb Camp says:

    I will fly to NY to hear him sing Schubert Not my favorite
    songs but they will be beautiful and I will fly home wanting
    more.


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