Ouch! Jonas Kaufmann sings on through pain of broken toe

Ouch! Jonas Kaufmann sings on through pain of broken toe


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2018

Our Zurich colleague Christian Berzins attended a heroic feat from the Menuhin Festival at Gstaad.

Despite breaking a toe last Wednesday, Jonas Kaufmann kept is engagement at Gstaad, singing Siegmund in a concert performance of the first act of Die Walküre with tremendous poise.

Jaap van Zweden conducted the Festival Orchestra.

photo: Raphaël Faux/Gstaad


  • erich says:

    Well Siegmund is wounded, so he’s supposed to be in pain (and I’m sure the Gstaad fee was also an incentive)!

    • Ms.Melody says:

      Nobody would have faulted him if he cancelled. Full praise for courage.
      It is difficult enough to sing this music having two healthy feet, and he did it standing too!. I hope he sang well and his recovery will be speedy and complete.

  • Lydia Wahlberg says:

    What!! He didn’t cancel?

  • Sue says:

    Putting his best foot forward. Go Jonas!!

  • PaulD says:


  • Waltraud Riegler says:

    The net day he sang the same program i Grafenegg / Austria. Audience seemed extremely pleased by his singing, esp. endless Wäääääääälse.

  • Dousselin says:

    Merci à jonas pour avoir accepté de chanter malgré sa douleur , on voyait bien qu il souffrait … bon rétablissement.

  • Lawrence Kershaw says:

    He’s no Joyce DiDonato, though!!!

  • Nola Colman says:

    Apparently he was playing football with kids (& Freundin?) when an unnamed family member fouled him. Aw….poor Jonas, except he was not wearing shoes! Why would anyone play a sport that involves kicking a ball without shoes?