?Agli inizi ero insicuro e mi infastidiva il riferimento al fisico, oggi no: ben venga tutto cie che avvicina il pubblico all?opera? dice il pia grande tenore del mondo. Che qui si mette a nudo (metaforico) e confessa tutto: dalle follie d?amore a un certo fastidio. Per quel ?noioso? di Werther. Il video backstage
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Translation in English. "We were in the car, on the radio were a pop song. My children were outraged: "That is fool to put it now: it's very old." Wait: it's not last year? "Precisely!"».
Blessed boys: dad is the greatest tenor in the world (public and critics, for once, agree), Wagnerian interpreter par excellence, but also perfect for Puccini or Verdi, "reserved" until 2021 (Yes, 2021), and you treated him like that?
Laughs, Jonas Kaufmann, with a contagious big laugh. Cheerful, Merry, self-deprecating: "this job is not work, it is joy». A joy that is currently in Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House (24 June will be broadcast live in theaters around the world) and an album due out in September (Melodies of a Golden Era, a collection of Arias from operettas of Franz Lehár and others), just as he will be in Rome for a project with Antonio Pappano.
Sure sure to be German?
I don't know, I wasn't there at that time. Seriously: I've been asked often. Then I talked with an expert in genealogy: in Thuringia, where are my origins, in the sixteenth century many craftsmen settled Jews fled from Italy. Who Knows! Certainly speaks perfect Italian. How did he learn? My grandfather loved your country, when I was a kid we were there two or three times a year: we took a House by the sea, often in Lido di Classe, in Romagna, and then we went to the peninsula. Know better than Germany.
He even called his two sons Fabio and Matteo.
When Charlotte was born, 15 years ago, she was very dark. Then for the others my wife and I (the mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig, from which he have just separated, ndr) we thought it was better something mediterranean.
How do you explain to them that the work is not "old" stuff?
I ask them: can you cite five songs that make youi cry at first listening? I can nominate ten works (written in the 1800s) that move you the first time you see.
Then you do not need to renew it, how they want certain extreme filmmakers?
Nobody wants to see scenes of a hundred years ago, when it was normal to sing a love Duet without looking, facing the audience. Today will not work anymore. But it doesn't mean we have to throw everything away or totally overthrown. The most daring thing I have proposed?
At the beginning, I was hired for the role of the "Naked Guy" in Schoenberg's Moses und Aron. The premise: you must undress yourself. "Ok. You know that there are also four nude virgins, no? If you put it on stage, there is no problem ". The speech ended there.
By the way: he is a sex symbol.
The first time it has been difficult to accept that all the people were concentrate on it, it seemed that the voice didn't matter. Now you can talk quietly, I do not think there are doubts about my quality. Indeed, I think this may be a help to attract audiences to the opera and classical music. There are others like me.
When was this "genetic mutation" in the Opera?
Someone handsome there was, indeed, as Franco Corelli. The point is that we live in a society, we are "spoiled" and many fail to follow the story without a visual aid. For this you need credible protagonists. Now then there are DVDs, relentless and democratics: everyone can see the Werther in Paris or the Met's Parsifal.
Werther seems away from you. The hero that you resembles more?
Fortunately not him: it's a challenge to make it funny and believable, because it is boring, always suffers. I would say: get in therapy! Even Parsifal is difficult to actualize. Maybe I'm more like the Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut.
In life are you so romantic?
Not so much, I control: can't get to 100 for 100 of the brain ... Anyway the more I go forward, I understand: the important thing is what comes from the heart, you have to follow your instincts. When I sings, it's instinct or technique? Perfection does not touch. If I have to choose, I will choose the "real" version, not the "nice".
The most striking gesture done for love?
I was 18 years, a complete madness: I was in Rome with friends and, in a restaurant, we met the girls. We follow up to the hotel, on via XX Settembre. Others have told me: you can sing, sing! I obeyed and I stopped everything, even cars.
And the girls? Declined?
No: they said hello from the window.
Dumb girls ... At 18 years did you sing already professionally?
Singing has always been a happiness for me: in my house we listened to classical music and, at 5 years, I wanted to take piano lesson but they allowed me to enter in a chorus: wht a feeling to be there, in the sound. Since then I haven't stopped. After high school I cannot dedicate myself to it totally, but I subscribed to mathematics on dad's insistence. He kept repeating: "you're a family man, you like kids, you can't choose a job that maybe won't give you money". However I could not resist: after three years, I ditched the University.
If it is a family man, stay away from home will be quite a sacrifice.
Yes, I hadn't considered how much I would have travelled ... Fortunately there is the internet, and I see my kids every night: when they go to bed, I read them something. There are no middle ground with children: or no contact until I go back (so forget that they need me) or the daily contact.
Will they enjoy hearing you reading: he is also famous for his acting ability. The result of the school?
I studied acting, I don't know if it helped. Perhaps it is more useful to the eye that I have to see the life, life teaches us. When I go to subway ...
Go by Metro?
Yes, it is practical.
And if they recognize you?
What problem will be to sign an autograph? By Metro you will find everything to inspire. It's like a huge garden in our world, you just have to look carefully.