Just in: Jonas Kaufmann is taking a month out, and more

Just in: Jonas Kaufmann is taking a month out, and more


norman lebrecht

October 11, 2019

The tenor has told the German press agency in a CD-publicity interview that he has not sung at all for the past four weeks.

Kaufmann, 50, has also taken a decision to reduce the frequency of his appearances, not singing every night or even every second night, but only every third or fourth.

He says: ‘The trend has to be towards more free time because this is my last chance to enjoy a family and not just look on from afar’.

More here.

Kaufmann’s wife, Christiane Lutz, is presently directing Verdi for a Glyndebourne tour.



  • jamesay says:

    Ticket lottery then !?

  • Olassus says:

    Must have been a hologram I saw 13 and 17 days ago!

  • Susanna says:

    Thank you so much for this information. Without Slipped Disc we wouldn’t know anything…

  • Waltraud says:

    What a nonsense !!! The interview was taken during the Otello run and he had holidays before after the 3 Andrea Chenier in Australia until Otello rehearsals in München = 4 weeks off stage. A bit more than 2 weeks after Otello he presents his new CD and sings a concert on Monday in Wien; prrsents the now book and then goes to rehearsals for the new production and role dabut of Tote Stadt. Where is the so called “break”. Everybody needs some holidays and starts work after that; isn`t it ?

    • DeX says:

      Your comment is so selfish. He can do whatever he wants and you should be so lucky to hear him when you can. This is bullshit when the audience demands more appearances. No. If he wants a break, have a break, but we the public should never force an artist to perform for our own selfish pleasure. Check yourself.

    • SPbPhil says:

      Right! I was at his Munich performance of Otello on September 24–just over two weeks ago.

  • Lulu says:

    Everything about the present tenor Kaufmann makes me terribly , awfully sad. Angry and sad. Sad and angry.

  • Lulu says:

    I mean the last part of his declaration makes my heart sink. And also connecting Mrs.Lutz’ growing visibility in the opera world as a director with his on going artistic diminution is the cruelest thing to do.

  • Karl says:

    Early retirement looms.

  • Tinkerbell says:

    Another book!!!
    & a picture book as well???????

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    I note he’s due to sing at the Wiener Konzerthaus shortly.

  • Helen says:

    Might be wise to take note of when this interview was made. He had summer holidays after Australia. He has since sung Otello and will be in Vienna this coming week. He has also been to Glynebourne to support his wife. All that is fair enough. There is after all more to life than living out of a suitcase which I imagine he has done for a good proportion of his career. Maybe he wants more balance in his life? Who are we to judge? Give him a break……. in every sense of the word.

  • lulu says:

    The lady director is smart , talented and educated , but I fear that her genuine interest in her wonderful husband s art is zero and has always been this way.

    • Waltraud says:

      From where do You kow? Do You know her? She supports JK intensly since they are a love couple, goes with him despite her own work now even with the baby. He never before was such “nursed” than the few last years. One is true: she does not insist in his work, as its his and she has her own.

  • Lydia Wahlberg says:

    What he means is that this time he is going to be a good husband and father. We’ll see.