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10 things you didn’t know about the tenor everyone’s talking about: Jonas Kaufmann


  1. He studied mathematics at university (but found it very boring!)
  2. He has a penchant for gummi bears and shortbread
  3. He once lost his voice on stage (which prompted a career turnaround, taking him from a lighter, lyric tenor voice to a heavier, spinto or dramatic tenor voice)
  4. He recently recorded several songs that Wagner actually intended for the female voice
  5. He doesn’t want to go on singing forever
  6. He is booked up to five years ahead
  7. He avoided singing the famous ‘Nessun Dorma’ aria from Turandot for many years: first because he only wanted to sing it perfectly, and then because everyone else was doing it!
  8. He is married to mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig, and has three children
  9. He started piano lessons at eight years old
  10. His grandfather loved Wagner, and used to play his music on the piano while singing all the parts (including the female ones!)

The superstar tenor will perform in Australia for the first time in a special concert with Opera Australia next year. Don’t miss out on hearing “the greatest operatic voice of our century” (Bar Area Reporter). Click HERE for tickets and more information.


3 Responses to “10 things you didn’t know about the tenor everyone’s talking about: Jonas Kaufmann”

  1. Heather Rossiter

    Why fill the page with trivia?
    WHAT is he singing?
    WHERE is he singing?
    WHEN is he singing?

    • Jennifer Williams

      Hi Heather,
      Thanks for your feedback.
      Jonas Kaufmann is giving a concert with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, 10th August in 2014. He will give a concert in Melbourne with Orchestra Victoria on Thursday, 14th August in 2014 at Hamer Hall.

      He will sing a variety of opera arias including works by Verdi, Puccini and Bizet.

      All the information is here: http://www.opera-australia.org.au/whatson/events/detail?prodid=92271&noloc=true

      We can’t offer any more details this far out from the performance, but thought our readers might be interested in bits and pieces about the famous tenor!

    • Joan Homer

      The when and where can always be found elsewhere – try his official website for instance, or ‘operabase’ for details. Other, more personal, details are harder to come by. Why complain ?


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