Jonas Kaufmann has new role

Simon Stone’s new Munich production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Die tote Stadt features Jonas Kaufmann as Paul, a decadent role he has never sung before. Marlis Petersen and Andrzej Filończyk make up the star billing. Music Director Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Very hot ticket.

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  • Paul is such a challenging role that it is enough today for a tenor to howl/growl/croon his way through it in order to receive ovations or good reviews. No one asks him to SING it anymore because there aren t any voices left able to do it.

    • The phrase is ambiguous. It could mean that it’s either (a) one of several decadent roles that he hasn’t sung before, or (b) a role he hasn’t sung before that happens to be decadent.

    • Dear Waltraud, “hot ticket” is an idiom, it means that a performer / performance is very popular, very desirable, and that tickets for this particular performance/ show/ production are hard to obtain.

  • I was happy enough to be there. Unforgettable, especially in these times where onw does not know when opera theaters will reopen.

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