Jonas Kaufmann: I know of many suicides in our family of musicians

The German tenor gave a press conference this morning at Madrid’s Teatro Real with Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camareno.

All three spoke about adjusting to non-performance and to virtual performance.

Kaufmann said music had never been shut down before and the closure was taking a terrible human toll.

You can watch the video here.


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  • Maybe it is worth mentioning that this press conference took place because the three of them are performing this week on consecutive days in Madrid at the Teatro Real. It would be fair to acknowledge the great work done by this institution, the musical community in Spain, including politicians, managers and audiences.

    • Great work? In one of the worst affected countries in the world by covid the teatro real continues to give public performances. You have got to ask yourself why they are continuing to endanger the lives of the musicians (especially) and the public. There must be something fishy going on…money laundering perhaps?

      • Yeah sure, they are so irresponsible. One question: the audience, the artists, are they obliged to attend the performances? But well, you know, these Spaniards… all corrupt, lazy, etc.

        • The musicians are obligated to play if they want to keep their jobs. The public, well, let’s say that there are many people that refuse to believe that they might actually contract the virus. How big is the public? There are limits, so in effect they are continuing to perform for a small audience. The question is why, considering the risk. Maybe Manu has the answer?

        • You should consider before you write despising a whole country. These Spaniards, as you say, are like everyone else. Surely there is no coutry without corruption and stupidity. And, by the way, the singers are not spaniards and they came. Are they corrupt too? Where are you from? Venus?

  • In an earlier post I suggested opera singers, musicians and fans should be first in line for vaccines, but I got a lot of down votes. In some places prisoners are getting moved up in the queue to get vaccines.

  • He’d rather worry about his own self-destructive drive which he tends to elude by projecting it onto the others.

  • While other singers struggled to survive, Kaufmann was all over the place during this pandemic, desperately thinking only on how to make money, but clearly being on a free-fall concerning his voice (sounding really terrible). What did Herr Kaufmann do to help these other musicians, how much money did he try to raise for them, how much did he himself donated?
    Zero! He was too busy launching his cheesy Christmas album and promoting his book on home shopping tv.
    How I like people trying to seem intelligent but at the same time doing literally nothing about it… just empty words!

    • This is nasty, envious stuff. All fuelled by the regressive Left, no doubt.

      You’d have loved living in the old USSR where the government did EVERYTHING.

    • You know nothing about Herr Kaufmann. Perhaps if you show a bit of intelligence and listen to what these 3 singers actually said at this news conference, you may learn something. They acknowledged many things that you complain about. And just as aside. If he is asked to do things is he supposed to sit back and say ” O perhaps I shall clear it with that guy Don Basilio first ” You are ridiculous.

    • That is bait for we Kaufmaniacs…yet I fear highlighting all the altruistic acts of Herr Kaufmann won’t shift your perspective one iota, so… frankly, why should I?

    • I abolutely agree with you. He is all market and money. So much that, although we have rarely seen him in Spain ( and never with an opera in Madrid!) he finally comes … when everywhere else is closed.

      • Domingo sonated 500 000 dolars to help musicians which lost their jobs because of COVID. 500 000 by Domingo vs 5000 by Kaufmann.. Kaufmann is not the most generous man… He should not PR this donation,

    • I don’ t think your alert is pedant. I still cannot understand why English speakers find it so difficult to spell a Spanish surname.;-)

  • What do you want to tell us? He should have spoken in a more abstract way of for example casualties? Same content different effect.

  • How rich coming from JK, who showed up with COVID to ROH Fidelio and infected everyone there in Feb (then cancelled the dress and all but 1 of the shows), and whose social media is full of hugging colleagues whilst in ‘socially distanced’ productions.

  • Only a pademic has brought Kaufmann to Madrid! We can consider ourselves fortunate indeed. He does not speak Spanish- pity, being so fluent in French, Italian and English. He feels sorry for musicians in general. Well, Domigo donated half a million to help musicians in need, maybe others should follow suit? But again, thank you for finally visiting Spain,better late than never, whatever the reasons.

    • I am not Kaufmann’s fan, but French and Italian are languages of opera that he sings. Singers are taught opera languages during their professional studies, and naturally they learn them when they sing. English is taught in most of schools, but not Spanish, and Kaufmann does not sing zarzuela. Regarding donations, personally I did not donate everything I earn to arts, so I cannot blame anybody else.

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