Jonas Kaufmann: Singers are interchangeablemain
In a typically thoughtful interview with Christian Berzins of the NZZaS, the premier tenor explains why he won’t sing in houses that require six weeks rehearsal, why he is concerned at regime change in Munich and how the singer has become the weakest link in the director-conductor-performer power structure.
With the exception of a tiny handful of stars who have make-or-break status:
Placido Domingo told me a few years ago that he would not like to be in my skin. When he cancelled a performance 30 years ago, there were ten tenors to replace him. Today … everyone says: “For God’s sake, what are we going to do ?!” The operatic world used to be spread over many shoulders….
Read on here.