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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: With rare exceptions, all MET productions benefit from the presence of a prompter. 9:26 AM
  • angeladorable: Levine is right. After all it is all about the music. 9:11 AM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I can understand leaving during an intermission or some other pause in proceedings, but not... 8:52 AM
  • ML: Well, come voi ben sapete, the “team” in Mozart’s sublime Act IV has the husband on his... 8:38 AM
  • Rowna: ML – I know that sounds sacrilegious, but I am part of a team – Moi and Mr. Opera. In... 8:32 AM
  • Foreign Princess: The answer is in the last act, the arias of Marcellina and Don Basilio. Some say they only... 8:24 AM
  • ML: How could you possibly walk out on Act IV of Nozze? 8:20 AM
  • ML: It is not that long, Rowna, even with Levine conducting. Must be with one intermission. 8:18 AM
  • perfidia: That little snippet with Endora drinking champagne on top of the plane was one of those moments... 8:16 AM
  • Rowna: Slightly OT but something I feel strongly about, this Nozze is listed on the Met Website as lasting 3... 7:55 AM

My knapsack on my back!

Cher public, I give you a photograph of Jonas Kaufmann in a hoodie with a teeny birdie on his shoulder!

33 comments

  • antikitschychick says:

    word on da street is dat dis wigga gotz game…n he fine as fffff** :-P .

  • pasavant says:

    Just got back from hearing Gerald Finley sing Winterreise in Philadelphia. One of the high points of the season. A wonderful artist: great singer and a great musician.

  • Krunoslav says:

    I seem to be the fault finder these days. He IS an exceptional artist and a great singer; I don’t think this was the best recital I have heard from him. Impressive, but he did have some problem with both intonation and voice production at the very top. Serious commitment, as ever, and I’m glad to have heard it.

  • Adalgisa says:

    Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten, anyone?

  • Cicciabella says:

    Just finished listening to the Kaufmann/Deutsch Winterreise, and I think it’s simply wonderful. After the somewhat disappointing Verdi album, Kaufmann is back with a vengeance. As to be expected, his approach is very “operatic”, but highly nuanced. Dynamic variation and contrast make this journey a dizzying emotional roller coaster. Kaufmann uses an astonishing palette of vocal colours to convey a myriad emotional states: reflection, wistfulness, nostalgia, loneliness, bitterness, and, above all, rage and desolation of the soul. His voice sounds supple and juicy. His employs piani of the utmost beauty and sweetness, and his bottom register is rich and steady. No growling, crooning or other indulgences. His phrasing is marvellous, as always, and his diction exemplary. Helmut Deutsch is his excellent self. Bravi!