More laid back Down Under than he can afford to be back home, Jonas Kaufmann began talking at a press conference about the roles he is learning for future performance.
Among them are Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Pelléas in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Samson in the Saint-Saens opera and Paul in Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.
This is revealing for all sorts of reasons, not least that Kaufmann is concerned to leave an individual footprint on the opera repertoire. Pelléas and Paul are two roles that do not appear among Placido Domingo’s record 147 career roles.
Kaufmann would have the opportunity to own them.
We are indebted to Limelight’s close reporting of Kaufmann in Australia.
photo: Opera Australia