Jonas Kaufmann is 50: way to go…

Jonas Kaufmann is 50: way to go…


norman lebrecht

July 10, 2019

The most sought-after tenor on the opera stage marks a fresh milestone this morning.

Having managed his ascent with immense patience, spending almost a decade as a company member at Zurich Opera, he is now on the verge of his first Tristan and he still has half of the Ring to sing. But he’s in no hurry and is no chaser of Domingoesque operatic records. Munich born, he lives close to his roots, and to his local opera house. Singers say he’s the best of colleagues.

Married for a second time and with a baby in arms, he seems to be in a good place in life, and on stage.

Happy birthday, Jonas.

And a remembrance of much-missed friends.


  • Jane says:

    Nicely put. Long may he remain at the very top, and long may we enjoy and be grateful for his extraordinary talents.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    63 with a hormonal teenager. No thanks.

  • Peter Phillips says:

    I believe today is YOUR birthday as well, Norman. So Happy Birthday to you.

  • Olga says:

    Happy birthday to Jonas!
    Many happy returns of this day!
    Many happy performances and concerts to the marvelous singer!
    Happiness and good health!