Jonas Kaufmann shows his tattoos

Jonas Kaufmann shows his tattoos


norman lebrecht

July 30, 2022

His latest tweet shows he has run out of clean shirts and is sporting some nifty tats on his biceps.

Doesn’t affect the voice.


  • waltraud riegler says:

    One of the most SILLY posts ever !!!!!!!!!!!
    The “tatoos” were part of the costume if Canio in Salzburg and painted for each of the two performances !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hugo Preuß says:

      If this is true (and I have no reason to doubt it) than it seems to be time for an apology. I am not a fan of Kaufmann, but this borders on slander. And deliberately misleading the readers to boost. Or perhaps it was an innocent mistake. At any rate: retraction and apology…

    • Gustavo says:

      These offended reactions indicate that people from German-speaking societies do not have a very strong sense of humour when conveyed through irony and sarcasm.

  • Dorothea Lenhart says:

    Das ist der größte und dümmste Unsinn, den Sie da geschrieben haben. Schonmal was von TheaterTattoos gehört? So sehr hassen Sie Herrn Kaufmann. daß Sie jetzt sogar zu solchen Mitteln greifen?

  • Gerry Feinsteen says:

    I’ve only heard him sing a few times but hardly 48 hours go by without seeing a post about him here.
    Even when his name isn’t mentioned regular readers can’t help but wonder how old JK is: he got Covid, he got better, he had coffee in Austria, now he has a new tattoo; perhaps he’ll have tea with old Netrebko soon…

  • Bloom says:

    A wailing ogre. What a mouth. (This is old stuff. From 2015.)

  • Bloom says:

    His feeding fixation is probably very closely connected to using his oral apparatus for vocal production too ( what one can call “singing” ).

  • IP says:

    Love the braces.

  • John Soutter says:

    Johnny Cough …? Man, live his tattoos … almost as impressive as Edinburgh’s …

  • Maria says:

    Boring! Just dont know why so many people love tattoos?

  • Vienna calling says:

    This is a recording from Salzburg 2015. Do you follow opera at all?

  • BZ says:

    The person who handles his social media used this clip from the Cav/Pag show in Strasbourg. It was seven years ago. His Santuzza was Monastyrska and his Nedda Maria Agresta. One can buy the DVD here: It was directed by Philipp Stölzl and I really liked the staging. The tattoo is – obviously – fake.

  • JB says:

    Looks like painting as part of the costume to me.

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Geez…it’s July and news is scant, but things cannot possibly be that slow.

    Jonas would be better served if he spent that tattoo parlor time in the gym. Tattoos on an older man become unforgiving with time.

  • eusebius says:

    Pretty sure that’s production makeup

  • Freewheeler says:

    I am not enamored of tats, but I will never respect an opera singer unless they grow a good beard, like Cecilia Bartoli.

  • Terry says:

    I came here for the comments and absolutely was not disappointed.

  • Jane says:

    Hilarious! I get the feeling this must be a ‘short of news’ kind of day…

    Anyway, this Salzburg production was fab, very glad it is preserved on DVD.

  • MMcGrath says:

    Oh my. Some things are definitely better left unshown. What’ll ya show us next, big boy??

    Why is this man so bored, or insecure, or with too much time on his hands that he starts sharing things that can only harm the image of a singer? Does he not see what damage social media does to Rene Pape and the the singer formerly known as Netrebko? Has he engaged some new PR manager who thinks he knows how to create a second Domingo cash machine??! Well, Jonas, your new “I’m everyone’s best friend” approach is cracking the image that the tenor had. Pity, that.

    Isn’t it stunning how unaware of reality, not to say stupid, many so-called famous people are??

    • haha says:

      If you don’t know what you’re commenting on then why are you commenting at all? to show your own lack of intelligence? it’s a show from Salzburg from 2015 and a tattoo created by a makeup artist.

  • a colleague says:

    this is a continuing obsession of people’s looks — be it off the stage or during a performance, including opera “in character” — of the esteemed editor…

  • Roderick Nash says:

    Kaufman’s tattoos are ugly and disfiguring: anything to get attention.

    • Helen says:

      All these rude comments just show how little you know of Jonas Kaufmann. This was a production of Cav & Pag in Salzburg a few years ago. It was a fantastic performance where he played Turriddo and Canio. The tattoos are not for real. For goodness sake get a grip.