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    Der Jonas didn’t let a broken toe keep him from appearing in a recent concert performance of the first act from Die Walküre at the Grafenegg Festival in Austria. His only concessions to the injury were wearing a pair of sneakers with his business suit and sitting down during those times when he wasn’t singing. In the interview here, he says he was playing football (soccer) with his family last week when one of his family members (he won’t mention who!) fouled him, and in the process, one of his toes was broken.

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    Der Jonas is now the sponsor for the Vienna Zoo’s group of “singing” white-handed gibbons – he even cites text from one of the songs in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde that refers to the call of an ape.

    I hope this doesn't give some composers of "experimental" music any ideas . . .

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    Interesting story in the New York Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/a...met-opera.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Interesting story in the New York Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/a...met-opera.html
    It's unfortunate for us, American fans, that he won't be coming here as often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Interesting story in the New York Times:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/a...met-opera.html
    Very interesting, thanks Mary. It must be so difficult for a singer to balance work commitments and family.
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    I think the years from 2014-16, with his marriage breaking up and then the vocal crisis, made him do some serious thinking and decide that things couldn't continue as they were. He made some tough decisions, but they do seem to be paying off. He's stayed healthy (broken toes aside), and as he mentions in the interview, hasn't canceled any appearances this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I think the years from 2014-16, with his marriage breaking up and then the vocal crisis, made him do some serious thinking and decide that things couldn't continue as they were. He made some tough decisions, but they do seem to be paying off. He's stayed healthy (broken toes aside), and as he mentions in the interview, hasn't canceled any appearances this year.
    And, potentially, we maybe have JK singing Paul in Die Tote Stadt to look forward to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    And, potentially, we maybe have JK singing Paul in Die Tote Stadt to look forward to!
    I simply don't see any fit between the role and Kaufmann's voice. For me the perfect singer of this is the diametrically opposed Klaus Florian Vogt.
    Natalie

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    Found the complete video, "Tenor for the Ages," on YouTube. The posting credits DW Documentary, a German public broadcaster, but this program was actually produced by the BBC (and is in English).

    Sorry -- video no longer seems to be available.
    Last edited by MAuer; April 12th, 2019 at 12:31 PM.

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    Interesting film. Unbelievable part with the encore incident!

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    I was surprised to learn that the high altitude in the Andes (visit to Machu Pichu) apparently caused the burst blood vessel in his vocal cords -- surprised because I think he's vacationed in the Alps a number of times with no ill effects. But in any case, thank heavens his voice wasn't permanently damaged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I was surprised to learn that the high altitude in the Andes (visit to Machu Pichu) apparently caused the burst blood vessel in his vocal cords -- surprised because I think he's vacationed in the Alps a number of times with no ill effects. But in any case, thank heavens his voice wasn't permanently damaged.
    Yikes, that sounds horrible. Was he spitting blood?
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    Nothing that bad. But his recovery was delayed because that blood vessel reopened several times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Nothing that bad. But his recovery was delayed because that blood vessel reopened several times.
    I once had a blood vessel burst in my nose because I blew my nose too hard. They had to cauterize it. That did the trick. Of course cauterization could make a hard spot on the vocal cord and play havoc with his singing ability so....
    "Ah,non credea mirarti si presto estinto, o fiore." --Bellini, La Sonnambula (also written on his tomb).

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    "Every theatre is an insane asylum, but an opera theatre is the ward for the incurables."

    FRANZ SCHALK, attributed, Losing the Plot in Opera: Myths and Secrets of the World's Great Operas

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