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Jonas Kaufmann, the German singer who performed Rule Britannia, looked delighted as he was pelted with lacey undergarments from female fans among the Prommers, the enthusiastic hardcore fans known for their distinctive Last Night ‘bobbing’.” [The Telegraph]

  • rofrano

    And with Marin on the podium — how embarrassing.

    Too bad he doesn’t consistently remember the lyrics to Nessun Dorma.

    • steveac10

      Not embarrassing in the least! Why the hell can’t an opera star get silly? And if an opera star is going to be silly, Last Night at the Proms is perhaps the best time to do it. Perhaps (just perhaps) if stars got silly a bit more often the masses wouldn’t consider it to highbrow to enjoy. After his embarrasment, I’m sure Kaufmann gained a fair number of fans who will buy an album and perhaps even buy a ticket to see him do something more appropriate to your more refined tastes.

      As to the second gripe. “Going up”, as it’s called, is a time honored tradition. Every singer and actor that ever trod the stage forgets a line or two here and there. It’s not like Jonas is performing Turandot (or even just Nessun Dorma) on a regular basis. I once went up on the opening lines of the second verse of Pirelli’s song in Sweeney Todd after 6 weeks of rehearsal and 30 or so performances. S**t happens.

      • SilvestriWoman

        It sure does! The few times I went up occurred during pieces I’d sung scads of times -- in one case, with an aria I’d used as a warm-up for well over a decade.

    • FragendeFrau82

      1) The only time he messed up Nessun Dorma was during an encore at a concert. 2) There were only two pairs of knickers, brand new, and it was obviously a set-up as part of the humor of LNOP, as JK appeared later and threw a pair of Union Jack boxers into the crowd. I don’t imagine he carries those in his pockets all the time 3) His three “looks” for LNOP were all by Dolce & Gabbana, who actually put out a press release describing them on Friday.

  • Lohengrin

    As I understood the event: Last Night of the Proms IS CRACY, at least in the second part.
    Singing of Jonas was great as mostly, Denise also showed engagement, people loved them; what else should happen there?

  • Feldmarschallin

    What type of woman would throw a pair of her used underwear to a total stranger? What is wrong with a box of chocolates or flowers? Alone the idea is sick.

    • Lohengrin

      Hopefully the pieces of unterwear were new!!
      One of the Tribune-articles conpared it with concerts from Tom Jones (who was very sexy in his prime!!). Jonas must now live with that ;-).
      To throw boxes of chocolates has no appeal, also throwing flowers.
      I think British fans are more extravagant than continental ones. We are cheering but no one would do something like that.
      Nevertheless he had lots of fun and looked very happy.
      Cant wait for his Radames.

      • armerjacquino

        I think British fans are more extravagant than continental ones. We are cheering but no one would do something like that.

        The tradition is said to have originated with Liszt, so don’t be so sure…

        • Batty Masetto

          Imagine poor Liszt getting brained with a contraption like this:

          Not to mention the poor lady who must have been wearing one version and then hauled a spare to the concert in a wheelbarrow.

      • Krunoslav

        ‘Tom Jones (who was very sexy in his prime!!)’

        I’ll say…


      • SilvestriWoman

        Tom Jones is still sexy now!!!

    • nachEule

      “what is wrong with [throwing] a box of chocolates”?
      It would hurt? ????

      • Cicciabella

        Especially if they contain nuts.

    • armerjacquino

      Who said it was used? Dirty mind you have there, Feldie.

      • Baltsamic Vinaigrette

        Bloody hell, who did Liszt throw his knickers at? Or did he get knickers thrown at him? It’s all so confusing. And who is to say that the first women to garland him weren’t British? He visited these islands, after all…

        FM may not realise that lobbing yer kecks at Tom “Bluddy” Jones, among others, is a time-honoured tradition in the UK. There is no suggestion that this is a spontaneous and stomach-curdling gesture which involves shucking the garment you arrived wearing, drenched in assorted bodily fluids plus perfume et cetera, rather it is a PR ruse whereby said garments are purchased new (Lohengrin has surmised entirely correctly) and unworn and then handed out to certain ticket holders who are well placed to help cause a media ruckus. Said phenom need not be taken terribly seriously. Mittel-Europeans are advised to gain a rudimentary grasp of irony in order to enter into the spirit of things and enjoy the show. Or else just don’t comment. There is no need to have an opinion on absolutely fucking everything, unless perhaps you are Oscar Wilde.

        I met elderly friends today who have been known to enjoy music and watched the show last night. She, in particular, was very taken with the previously-unheard-of Teutonic Tenor and I filled them in. No mention of the botched lines, just that they had heard many a filthy Nessun Dorma over the years but that this was something special. I admitted to watching Pennetta-Vinci but was prepared to believe them. Quite apart from the fact that he matters, Kaufmann is special.

        • armerjacquino

          Not just at Jones in Britain, either -- at Justin Timberlake in the US, at John Farnham in Oz (much to KTK’s dismay) and, so google tells me, politicians in Peru. PRs worldwide are frantically buying cheap knickers for all manner of special occasions…

  • javier

    to me the most interesting part of the last night of the proms in rule Britannia. yes, kaufmann sang it and it was pretty good.

  • Will

    Now I wonder what the reaction would be if guys threw their bikini briefs at Jonas?

  • Amnerees

    How about Brooks Brothers boxer shorts? Much classier.

    • Will

      Not that tossing undies is ever classy . . .

  • So British women are now showering their underwear on a German? Surely the British press can find some way to explain how this is all Jeremy Corbyn’s fault.

  • Buster

    A bra might come in handy too.

  • At last! I was expecting this reaction for years! In Vienna, Salzburg, Berlin, audiences are certainly enthousiastic, yet too old, or respectable, or extremely dressed up and stuffed with jewels to do so (including myself, I am not innocent, after all, there are few places left where you can dress up anymore). So kudos for the british fans, shame for Mr. Kaufmann’s stylist and a friendly advice: keep your best lingerie for the guy who’s waiting for you at home watching football.

  • Jonas looked and sounded great, with 3 different outfits. I imagine he would be just as delighted to receive male underwear, or at least I like to think so.

  • LT

    Were those knickers clean?

    • gustave of montreal

      Infested with bacteria. Not hygienic.

  • Paris Athenes

    Maybe the knickers (& union jack boxers) were a silly set up? Though, he does look a little embarrassed.. This LNOP was a great intro for new fans

    • Cicciabella

      It was totally set up. Knickers from the audience members in on it, Union Jack boxers ready backstage. But who cares? It was fun. It’s not like we’ve never seen knickers on the opera stage before.

  • Camille

    Thank god that Jonas Kaufmann exists.
    What other tenor is getting a load of knickers thrown at him anytime soon?

    Jonas, dein ist mein ganzes Herz!


    Madame Camiknickers

    • LT

      Yusif gets a laundry basket every Sunday.

  • ipomoea

    Possibly a bit OTT, but is there anyone out there with an notion of who might be covering JK in the upcoming MANON LESCAUT run?

  • SilvestriWoman

    Enjoy, all!!!

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