Jonas Kaufmann: The no-holds-barred interview

Jonas Kaufmann: The no-holds-barred interview


norman lebrecht

February 13, 2018

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.



  • Rose says:

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


  • Pianofortissimo says:

    That was a real cliffhanger.

    • 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 …..


  • F says:

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

  • Jackyt says:

    You tease, you!

  • Janet Stockley says:

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

  • 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