Jonas Kaufmann: The no-holds-barred interview

February 13, 2018 by norman lebrecht


I had an interview with Jonas Kaufmann on Sunday.

‘Hi, it’s Jonas.’

When the great tenor rings from Vienna, I ask if there are any topics he wants me to avoid, such are his minders’ anxieties. ‘Ask anything,’ laughs Jonas. ‘I’m not shy.’

So I did.

You will have to wait for the rest, which will appear in the Spectator on Thursday.

Lots of stuff he has never talked about before.


Comments (15)

  1. Rose says:

    I very much look forward to reading this Norman, I enjoy your reading your books and blog – should be an interesting interview!


    1. Jane says:

      You win- I shall break the habit of a lifetime and buy The Spectator

      1. Alan says:

        You might find you like it.

        1. Jane says:

          I’m sure I’ll enjoy this week’s edition very much

  2. Pianofortissimo says:

    That was a real cliffhanger.

    1. John Borstlap says:

      But that’s nothing compared with what I experienced yesterday: I went to a concert in London, only to find-out – actually, I was warned by the usher – that a large bit of …..


  3. F says:

    When you wrote ‘you’ll have to wait for the rest’ I assumed he’d cancelled

    1. Jane says:

      Ho, ho, ho- that old chestnut

  4. Jackyt says:

    You tease, you!

      1. Jane says:

        Sorry- that was meant for Janet

        1. Janet Stockley says:

          Thank you Jane. Best wishes Janet x

  5. Janet Stockley says:

    As I am disabled and don’t get to pop to the shops will this article be posted online please?,

  6. Robin Worth says:

    Buy the Spectator

    It is certainly conservative, but one of the last outposts of good journalism in England

    There used to be so many….Time and Tide, the Listener, New Statesman…and so on

    But the Spectator is still there and full of good stuff. To be sure, you won’t agree with all of it, but it’s not worth reading anything which merely reflects your own views

    Mr Lebrecht is one of many who illuminate

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