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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    You make a fair point. However, what is happening is JK has become increasingly undependable as to his appearances. While that alone leads to disappointment, the real annoyance is that he commands much higher ticket prices than other tenors - which are not refunded when he doesn't show.

    I made a special trip to Munich to see JK sing in Die Meistersinger last fall, paying for airfare from Berlin, premium hotel prices during the Oktoberfest period, and also paid another premium over the usual ticket cost at the Staatsoper. After he cancelled, he ultimately was replaced by a third-stringer when his cover also cancelled. The performance was disappointing (although not just due to the tenor) and the paid ticket premium and associated costs was my problem. Not that a trip to Munich is all that painful, mind you...

    By comparison, I've seen Klaus Florian Vogt sing a number of times and, while he possesses a far different vocal timbre, sings effortlessly and with great stage presence and always is a highly satisfying singer who doesn't yet command premium prices (I'm ready to see him sing Paul in Die Tote Stadt again, whenever possible..). I would love to see JK sing, he's one of a kind, but he has become too high risk for me to make that kind of investment a second time.
    Absolutely see your point seeing you have a very long way to travel. My view on foreign trips is not to necessarily go somewhere to see a certain singer. Even reliable ones get ill sometimes! Try and have an insurance policy and have something else booked that weekend if poss. I had a ticket in the basket for that same Meistersinger that you went to. However Oktoberfest hotel prices put me off as well as Oktoberfest itself. I like Munich but don't fancy the idea of being around then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    Absolutely see your point seeing you have a very long way to travel. My view on foreign trips is not to necessarily go somewhere to see a certain singer. Even reliable ones get ill sometimes! Try and have an insurance policy and have something else booked that weekend if poss. I had a ticket in the basket for that same Meistersinger that you went to. However Oktoberfest hotel prices put me off as well as Oktoberfest itself. I like Munich but don't fancy the idea of being around then.

    Good advice. I don't typically book around a particular singer, but made an exception for Jonas Kaufmann as I've not seen him in person. I've seen almost all the other marquis names at this point, but he is the outlier.

    In case you didn't see my review, I also didn't much like the Staatsoper's Meistersinger production. The Komische Oper Berlin's minimalist production, which I saw a few days before, on the other hand, was outstanding.

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    Welcome to the forum, njcolman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    (I'm ready to see him sing Paul in Die Tote Stadt again, whenever possible..).
    OMG yes! He was born for this role.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    Good advice. I don't typically book around a particular singer, but made an exception for Jonas Kaufmann as I've not seen him in person. I've seen almost all the other marquis names at this point, but he is the outlier.

    In case you didn't see my review, I also didn't much like the Staatsoper's Meistersinger production. The Komische Oper Berlin's minimalist production, which I saw a few days before, on the other hand, was outstanding.
    I have been wanting to see something at the Komische Oper for some time but dates never fall right. I understand their production of Rusalka is outstanding as well.

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    I have also noticed a sharp but not exactly redoubtable English blogger has murdered JK's recording of Das Lied von der Erde. Doing all the songs did seem very odd though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jflatter View Post
    I have also noticed a sharp but not exactly redoubtable English blogger has murdered JK's recording of Das Lied von der Erde. Doing all the songs did seem very odd though.
    I saw that. Unprofessional and uncalled for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ann Lander (sospiro) View Post
    I saw that. Unprofessional and uncalled for.
    Well this was the man who said a twitter account should be banned for fake news, yet is the only person in English legal history to have a publication completely pulped for it's libelous account.

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    The tenor’s official biography, written by Thomas Voigt, is due for release on 9 November this year.
    https://www.amazon.com/Jonas-Kaufman.../dp/B01F79OA6I
    Voigt was also the author of an earlier Kaufmann bio, Meinen die wirklich mich? (Do they really mean me?), that came on the market 10 years ago. I’m wondering if the November book will just be an updated version of this earlier text.

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    While he's in Australia for concert performances of Parsifal, JK participated in an interview with Opera Australia's General Director. Very interesting content:
    http://www.jkaufmann.info/article_en...Limelight2.htm

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    Roles considering next: Paul in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.

    That should typically be a fast sell out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Roles considering next: Paul in Korngold’s Die tote Stadt.

    That should typically be a fast sell out!
    I don't see it myself. The tessitura is too high. He'll croon the whole way through. KFV is the one for Paul.
    Natalie

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    I didn't think it through. I just saw JK and Die tote Stadt, two popular ingredients...

    I would buy tickets

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I didn't think it through. I just saw JK and Die tote Stadt, two popular ingredients...

    I would buy tickets
    Well let's face it I would too because DIE TOTE STADT.
    Natalie

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    To promote his new album - L'Opéra.


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