An Argentine newspaper report suggesting more cancellations ahead for the sought-after tenor has provoked an unusually vehement response on his social media:
COMPLETELY UNTRUE All the information contained in the article published in “La Nacion” on March 27th (“Jonas Laufmann tiene un serio problema de salud”) is completely untrue.
The writer is not well informed as Mr. Kaufmann just appeared in a solo all Puccini concert in Prague on March 16 which was acclaimed with standing ovations. He also did a private concert in Vienna on March 19 and appeared on March 21 as soloist with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim. Furthermore, Mr. Kaufmann is looking forward to appearing in all his engagements for April as well as all of his other future engagements.
Bruce Zemsky and Alan Green, Managers of Jonas Kaufmann
The response is more revealing than the original report. In normal circumstances, an international artist would not react to speculation in an uninfluential newspaper on the opposite side of the world. And on a normal Easter Sunday it would take more than a small earthquake to stir Messrs Zemsky and Green to pick up a telephone, let alone compose a Facebook rebuttal. All of which indicates extraordinary conditions.
In recent months, Kaufmann has cancelled the Met, Covent Garden and Teatro Real.
A year ago he (rightly) proclaimed: we cancel less than footballers.