Is Jonas Kaufmann really an exceptional tenor?

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Is Jonas Kaufmann really an exceptional tenor?

I have been a little perplex reading spectacular critics about Kaufmann's performances. I agree he is a short handsome and informal dressing young tenor with a peculiar voice. But, is it permissible such a degree of squillo lack? Real high notes' lack? I remember when, a long while ago, it arrived to my hands that first Vickers' recital under Serafin. He was the opposite of Kaufmann existing a clear similarity as some kind of miniature of him in Kaufmann's general profile. But Vickers had (and has if he is still alive) a formidable squillo together with an uniform voice, as for the emission and colour. Obviously Kaufmann is very much smart. But, since Domingo, are we living and age of just smart tenors? Watching Kaufmann he makes action a lot vivid, probably too much. But voice is straightly rare. Sometimes, during piano or mezza voce parts, actually it submerges. And high notes are very much like Vickers, but felt by me as cries. As a matter of fact, I listened a B instead a C in Faust (also in Chenier), and there we are talking about a written high note, not as in the Pira. In German works he sounds for me better, but in any case, I have been unable to appreciate his exceptionallity. There are a lot of excellent tenors arround, with brave squillos and splendid uniformity of emission, as Botha and O'Neill, but they arn't handsome and accentuate the vocal perspective with probably poor acting, not so O'Neill. I feel that Kaufmann's success is not based on his vocal qualities, but on foreign perspectives that are easy to find inside the purely operatic world. It doesn't seem to me a serious attitude that promotes correct appreciation of Opera and its performers, specially for beginners. Where are Björling's, Gigli's, Del Monaco's, Vickers', Bergonzi's, Di Stefano's, Tuckers's, etc's times?

 

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I think your being a bit harsh on herr kaufmann. I liked him a lot in the recent fidelio with abbado. Sure he be pleasing on the eye if you are a lady but you carnt hold that against him. I must admit I do like that nina stemme though. Your opera as changed a lot in the last 100 years since you could just stand there and belt out the songs with a few stock jestures, thaart Callas saw to that she did. I do agree that squillos be a problem though, shot gun be the best way to deal with those bushy tailed creatures.

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Be you by chance a pal of Farmer Giles aka J. Eliot Gardiner? He be a great bugbear of mine with all that cowdung on 'is boots.

Adrian

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Adrian3 wrote:

Be you by chance a pal of Farmer Giles aka J. Eliot Gardiner? He be a great bugbear of mine with all that cowdung on 'is boots.

It be squire Giles who got me into those Schumann symphonies, always taught they be a bit lumpy like cornish custard before he came along, loves em now though. He not be a real farmer though, he be a city type who rides around his gargen on a lawnmower shouting 'oh ar' every five minutes. scares the life out of me he does sometimes with his quick tempi. If I had a tempi like is i'd seek anger management i would.

RE: Is Jonas Kaufmann really an exceptional tenor?

This is a pointless topic.

Either you like the voice or you don't

Listen to Butterfly and Werther and if you like music you can't have reservation.

Or get hold of the Sensucht document from television.

Please do not bash just for the sake of bashing.

Looks got nothing to do with t.

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Grammar! Spelling! See me, all of you. And bring back Bonisolli.

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stevefarber wrote:

And bring back Bonisolli.

That would be a good trick.

JKH

RE: Is Jonas Kaufmann really an exceptional tenor?

An opera singer who makes you think is exceptional, if he had a standard tenor voice like the thousands that perform in regional companies around the world - we wouldn't care less, but his voice is unique! It brings real character to any role he has performed. We shouldn't write him off just because he is extremely handsome. 

HeidelbergSoprano

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HeidelbergSoprano wrote:

We shouldn't write him off just because he is extremely handsome. 

The good lady tagalia would totally agree with you. Her often-voiced complaint about opera is that while many of today's leading ladies are very attractive most of the men are toads. Kaufmann, in her view, is one of the rare exceptions, easy on the eye as well as the ear.

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tagalie wrote:

HeidelbergSoprano wrote:

We shouldn't write him off just because he is extremely handsome. 

The good lady tagalia would totally agree with you. Her often-voiced complaint about opera is that while many of today's leading ladies are very attractive most of the men are toads. Kaufmann, in her view, is one of the rare exceptions, easy on the eye as well as the ear.

In answer to the original question - yes, he is.

Tagalie, I empathise. Mission Control, whilst very impressed with his singing, nonetheless frequently reminds me that "he's very tasty, too", most recently at his wonderful RFH recital.

JKH

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Jonas is good, maybe good enough to keep you listening to the end, but he doesn't give me goose bumps, any true excitement in the vein of the depth and power of a Vickers' voice or the nobility and versatility of a Gedda, or the consistency of a James King and Jess Thomas and so on. And, even if he makes me "think" occasionally, he never made me think he is exceptional...

So, good looks, good voice, good singing=a safe way to the great array of the second best.

Parla

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