Label news: DG sign young tenor

Label news: DG sign young tenor


norman lebrecht

October 27, 2021

After a moribund two years for young talent, Deutsche Grammophon have just inked in the Chilean-US tenor Jonathan Tetelman.

Tetelman, who is 33, is presently recording his debut album in Las Palmas with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and its Chief Conductor, Karel Mark Chichon.

Chilean born, he was adopted at seven months by American parents and raised in Princeton.

He has been in a long relationship with the Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais.


  • The View from America says:

    He looks like he’s straight out of central casting for tenors. Evidently he has the voice to match.

  • Wurm says:

    DG sure isn’t what it once was – where is their artistic planning?

    • Fliszt says:

      It’s sitting on their bottom line.

      • Tamino says:

        …and just reflects the declinig sophistication and cultural interest of their customer base. One “problem” with quality recordings is, that you can’t make them in slave labor shops in China or Bangladesh.
        Yet the customers demand cheap.

        Did you know, that in the 1960s a quality recording on Vinyl cost the customer about five times as much as today, adjusted for inflation?

  • James Weiss says:

    I’m unsure what constitutes a “long relationship” these days but Opolais has only been divorced from Andris Nelsons for less than 3 years.


    Wasn’t he in ENO’s Boheme a few years back – and not sounding that remarkable, I seem to recall, tho he’s usefully tall and good looking?

  • fred says:

    from what i have heard, he is right now the only one to compete with jonas. DG lost two years says a lot about their talent scouts. Did not know he was adopted though. i like him a lot and wish him a long and succesful career, his paolo (Francesca) was awesome!!

    • Emilee says:

      There is no competition. Jonas outshines Mr Tetelmann in just about every way.

      • Dora says:

        No way. Tetelman will surpass Kaufmann, similar though they are. Bright dark voices, good looks, versatility…he is the new Kaufmann just as Kaufmann is becoming the new Domingo.

  • Simone says:

    Chilean-American? If he was adopted at 7 months and brought up in America he is American. Period. It’s time to stop this divisive labelling!

    • Jack Rance says:

      Why? I know Lisette Oropesa is very proud of being a Cuban-American.

    • Emilee says:

      It’s not divisive to embrace your heritage. Every American was once, if not native, either an immigrant or slave or refugee from another country. Maybe even a combo of all four. YOUR calling it divisive is divisive. He is American with Chilean heritage. Ergo, Chilean American. Time to evolve, Simone.

      • Nik says:

        I always find it amusing that in America people will say to you “I am Italian”, and when you ask them where in Italy they are from it turns out they have never been to Italy and don’t speak a word of Italian.
        They don’t even bother to say “Italian-American” because it goes without saying that everyone is American and no other countries exist.