Interviews / Features

Wagner: Parsifal

Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Elīna Garanča (Kundry), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Ludovic Tézier (Amfortas), Wolfgang Koch (Klingsor), Stefan Cerny (Titurel), Chor und Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Conductor: Philippe Jordan (Live Recording 2021)

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Interview: The Age

He’s the hottest tenor in the world – but he’s worried about opera’s future

It has to be one of the most dramatic entrances in opera. For half an hour, the story sets up the arrival of a mysterious knight in shining armour, said to be on his way to save the honour of a wrongly accused woman. Then, finally, as the musical swells as only a Wagner score can swell, he arrives: on the back of a boat drawn by a swan, no less. And wins the day. And gets the girl.

Jonas Kaufmann, who’s playing the title role in Opera Australia’s new production of Lohengrin, makes a rather more understated entrance at the stage door of the State Theatre. He’s been out shopping for clothes, attempting to come to terms with Melbourne’s fickle autumn climate, and was a bit put out when Hugo Boss was out of his favourite jumpers and the assistants suggested he try Uniqlo.


Interview: The Guardian

If this goes on much further we will soon have to close theatres

The greatest tenor of his generation talks cancel culture, booing fans, and problematic roles.