Kaufmann and Garrett raise $4 million for Carreras leukaemia fund

Kaufmann and Garrett raise $4 million for Carreras leukaemia fund


norman lebrecht

December 15, 2017

The latest benefit concert thrown in Munich by the retiring tenor José Carreras on behalf of leukaemia research, raised just under 3.3 million Euros.

Among the performers were Jonas Kaufmann and the violinist David Garrett.

Carreras said: ‘Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most important singers of our time.’


  • Ungeheuer says:

    For a moment I thought you meant Jonas Kaufmann and (Leslie) Garrett, at which point I nearly lost what I ate due to the latter.

    • Alex Davies says:

      Granted, Ms Garrett is not up there with Karita Mattila, Deborah Voigt, Renée Fleming, Joyce DiDonato, Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, Sondra Radvanovsky, Cecilia Bartoli, Angela Gheorghiu, Elīna Garanča, Eva-Maria Westbroek, or Kristīne Opolais, among others. She was, however, for many years an admired and respected singer at English National Opera. She would no doubt be the first to agree that she was never one of the great singers of her generation, but neither was she a negligible talent.

    • Ellingtonia says:

      Have you been a sarcastic arsole all your life, or did you attend a special course to develop the skill?

    • martain smith says:

      Indeed – the title shocked me too!

    • martain smith says:

      Indeed – the title shocked me too!!!

  • John Borstlap says:

    Wonderful news…. for a change. Music life is not all about assaults.

  • Lydia Wahlberg says:

    Oh thank you Ellingtonia. I wonder about Ungenheur. How can anyone be so rude.

  • Zenaida says:

    Jose Carreras and his foundation raise a lot of money through their Christmas special on German TV every year. Almost 3.3 million Euro is actually on par with the past few years – and this year was the 23rd time the gala took place, always as a live TV show (goes on for two hours, I think). Very successful – and sympatico – fundraiser!

  • Sue says:

    Great news for research into this appalling disease, which kills lots of children.

  • Richard Craig says:

    In reply to Mr Davis Ms Garrett is neither a great singer of this generation,or for that matter any other

    • Sue says:

      Well, she’s probably just like me; not marvellous at anything but very willing to donate to charity and worthy causes.

    • Alex Davies says:

      Isn’t that exactly what I said?

    • Ellingtonia says:

      So she may not be a “leading light” amongst her generation and that may be a reasonable comment by you, but what qualifies you to say of any generation? As regards M2N2K2J2P comment………have you been a pedant all your life? You have missed the point completely!

      • M2N2K says:

        The point was that AD asked a question and I replied to it – that’s all.

        • Alex Davies says:

          I’m not sure what your point is or why you are so concerned about this. If Lesley Garrett belongs to “generation G” she could not be described as being “a singer (great or not great) of generation x, y, or z” (assuming that a person cannot belong to two or more generations). Furthermore, since “all generations” would include “generation G”, a singer who belongs to “generation G” (and to no other) and is not one of the great singers of “generation G” cannot belong to the category of great singers of “all generations”. I’ll grant you that I only got an upper 2nd in my logic paper at Oxford, but I believe that I am right about this.

          • M2N2K says:

            You are absolutely correct, which means that the comment by RC can only be understood one way: that LG cannot be considered great when compared to singers of ANY generation. That is an odd statement to make because none of us can possibly know how good were all those singers who have been dead for centuries. Your original statement makes much more sense because you compare her to those we really know. That is why, in response to your question, I wanted to make a distinction between your statement that is fully reasonable and the one that is not. Apparently my point was not as self-explanatory as it seemed to me.

  • Hal Weaver says:

    The Hawaiians have a saying, “If you no can say nothing nice about nobody, no say nothing.”

    Dumb Coast Haole

  • Waltraud Becker says:

    David Garret and Jonas Kaufmann were only 2 among many more artists, f.e. Anastacia was there and lots of German singers and musicians. They earned 3,3 Mio Euros during the transmissiom, but there will be a higher total at the end of the online-donations.