Jonas Kaufmann reclaims La Bohème

The tenor will sing three Rodolfos in Munich on November 22, 27, and December 9.

He sang the role first in 2004 in Stuttgart and last in Zurich in 2011.

But I guess it’s what’s available right now.

Rachel Willis-Sørensen sing Mimi. Bertrand de Billy conducts.


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  • He also sang it in 2012 in Salzburg when he jumped in for an ailing Beczala. Beczala acted, while Jonas sang.

  • In 2012 Kaufmann jumped in for an indisposed Beczala in Salzburg.
    If memory serves me right, due to limited rehearsal time, Kaufmann sang from the side of the stage when Beczala acted the role.

    • Sure, if you’re a Rachel Willis-Sørensen fan, your wish is granted: she’s cropping up all over the place, including replacing Netrebko in Barcelona’s “Trovatore” this month.

  • Well, why not?! Kaufmann will probably be very good. Domingo sang Boheme at the Met with Freni in September 1990, long after he began singing all the dramatic roles, and he received very good notices.

  • “Available right now” – do we think Dr K is short of gigs, or cash, or choice? I doubt it. This sounds like seasonal fun and I wish him well.

    However, I’m also wondering right now whether or not the date clashes mean a ‘no’ to the Opera National de Paris concert performances of Die Walküre as part of their Ring cycle, what with ONP trumpeting Kaufmann as taking part. That, and Boheme in between, makes for quite a schedule, unless quarantine exemptions apply…

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