Jonas Kaufmann: Tannhäuser is my next big challenge

Jonas Kaufmann: Tannhäuser is my next big challenge


norman lebrecht

November 02, 2022

The tenor tells a Salzburg interviewer that there aren’t many big roles he still wants to conquer. But Tannhäuser at the next Easter Festival is the next big challenge.

He seems, as usual, preternaturally relaxed.

He talks about his son in kindergarten, his two marriages, his new Austrian citizenship…



  • Sanity says:

    Please. Spare us.

  • Eva says:

    Good luck dear Jonas!

  • Tiredofitall says:

    Yet ANOTHER Austrian citizen? There must be tremendous tax advantages for a select few (Juan Diego, Anna, etc.). Prost!

  • Bloom says:

    Preternaturally relaxed. And looking rather unwell. It might be from the rotten Salzburg air.

  • Novagerio says:

    You’ll be lucky if you survive the third verse of the Tannhäuser-Lied in the Venus-Act, Jonas. At the excruciating “Erbarm Dich mein” at the end of Act 2, I’ll be surprised if you’ll still be alive!

  • Tiana says:

    Maestro Kaufmann relaxed?! You gonna be kidding me He tightly wraps his arms around to hold himself all the time (outside of the stage) when he gives interview or sees many cameras pointed at him. With the time passing by, he does it more and more often – trying to protect himself and hold himself back. It looks as some internal forces are trying to get out him while he tries to controll them and himself. Eventually at some point such internal conflict will result in serious health complications (unfortunately).

  • Stuart says:

    He can’t sing it.

  • Mark Desiderio says:

    One of opera’s great frauds.