Bavaria’s highest honour goes to its premier tenor

Bavaria’s highest honour goes to its premier tenor


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2018

The tenor Jonas Kaufmann and the composer Jörg Widmann are to receive the Maximiliansorden, the highest cultural honour of the state of Bavaria, in a ceremony next Monday.


  • Sanity says:

    This is rupturing of the highest of orderings! All will see the rupture of Maestro Kaufmann!

    I cannot be waiting until he sings the great tenor roles of Gerard, Renato, and Iago! Then we shall all true say he is the Domingo of our timings and the rupture will be complete!

    • Andrew Powell says:

      Should not confuse timbre with range: soprano can have a dark sound, bass can be silvery.

      JK has sung and recorded Idomeneo, Belmonte, Ferrando, Tamino and Fierrabras, as well as the tenor parts in SATB scores like Mendelssohn’s Elias, the Mozart and Verdi requiems, Bruckner’s F-Minor Mass, and (though not recorded) Brahms’s Liebeslieder.

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  • John Borstlap says:

    Strange combination….. a great musician, and a Klangkünstler who keeps postwar Nachkriegsschuldbewältigungskunst alive, offering German audiences moral absolution for the sins of the fathers.

    • waltraud Riegler says:

      What an incredibly silly comment….. Mutter, Damrau, Gerhaher got it years ago. Nobody noticed it, but now bad comments are going on. Whats that ?