After more than 4 years, Jonas Kaufmann returns successfully to the MET in New York. Next to the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of the gun-slinging heroine Minnie, Jonas plays the Cowboy Dick Johnson in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
On October 27 the opera will also be shown live in cinemas around the world. An overview of all the screenings can be found here.
A video of the rehearsal of the production by Giancarlo del Monaco.
Jonas in an Interview with the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
“Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek seemed to feed off each other during the crucial scene in Act II when Johnson arrives at Minnie’s cabin for a humble meal. Tension stirs below the surface of the music as a blizzard builds outside and a posse of miners led by Jack Rance, the town sheriff (the husky-voiced baritone Zeljko Lucic), closes in. But the real tension came from the hints of attraction and emotional need that Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek conveyed, even while exchanging seemingly innocent phrases.” - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
“From his first entrance to his last exit alongside Westbroek, Kaufmann WAS Dick Johnson. He moved about with confident swagger of a cinematic cowboy, rubbing off insults with a vibrant smile. This made him more dangerous than acting like a stereotypical tough guy; it made him unpredictable and more complex. He carried himself with confidence and poise; he just looked dominant onstage.“ - David Salazar, OperaWire
“There is also a real horse.” - Barry Bassis, The Epoch Times
Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
Jonas Kaufmann with Jochen Rieder and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
„Kaufmann, who was returning to the stage of Carnegie Hall for the third time this year, brought his sublime voice to the concert space albeit amplified.[…] he came into his own in “Du bist die Welt für mich,” his second selection caressing each phrase with gorgeous fil di voce phrasing. At the end of the aria, he began his note with a pianissimo sound crescendoing to a fortissimo, reminding us of the the tenor’s brilliant technical and musical gifts.“ Francisco Salazar, Operawire, Oct. 6th 2018
"Mr. Kaufmann’s vocal prowess was hardly in doubt. He continues to be one of the most sought-after tenors with the stamina and heft for Wagner and the ardent warmth for Italian opera.[…] With its dark shadings, his tenor sounds the way he looks — matinee idol features offset by designer stubble.[…]
In the transitions from full-bodied operatic singing to crooning, Mr. Kaufmann’s different levels of experience showed through. He was magnificent when he belted out “Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert” (“Friends, life is worth living”) from Lehar’s “Giuditta,” a proud and fiery aria.“ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, Oct. 7th 2018
Photo: Chris Lee