According to my blog stats, “Jonas Kaufmann gay” is one of the most popular search terms that makes people stumble upon this site. So I thought I’d clarify the issue to my best knowledge.
Sorry, but: he’s not gay – although every gay man I know wishes he was (and I’m with you, guys – I’ve been through this with more than one dashing mezzo soprano. Most of them were straight AND dating brass players. …Really, what is it with mezzos and brass players??). To quote my baby brother: “Jonas Kaufmann? – RRrrrrr!”
A (gay) friend of mine was subbing in the costume department when Kaufmann sang Alfredo in “Traviata” in Stuttgart a few years back and came home with the news that Kaufmann is married (to a woman) and has two kids. (“It’s a waste!” were his additional words, if I remember correctly.) It didn’t stop said friend from going out to by “Romantic Arias” the day it came out, though. (soundbits at Kaufmann’s official homepage at www.jonas-kaufmann.com. The most detailed and largest site of him, however, seems to be www.jkaufmann.info, maintained by Marion Tung. It’s German only, unfortunately, but since “Fotogalerie” is a fairly guessable term, I think you’ll find your way around…)
Personally, I like his Florestan and his Tito (both available on DVD) better than the more conventional repertoire of Romantic Arias, and I find them more suited to his voice at the moment, but that may simply be a matter of taste.
And apropos matters of taste: Kaufmann’s German Wikipedia entry states that he is married to (irony of ironies!) a mezzo soprano and is, by now, the proud father of not two, but three children. Congratulations.
Sigh. Some of the best of them are straight, indeed.
Still, that doesn’t make him any less great to look at or listen to. His Flower Song (“Carmen”) gives even me wobbly legs.
…and as my friend from the costume department would say: “Oh well. A girl can dream!”
[update 2015/2016: Kaufmann is newly divorced, and currently dating a (female) stage director, if the gossip rags at the hairdresser’s can be trusted. (so, still not gay, but RE: see above: dreaming)]
1Photos: scene shot from the London ” Traviata” via Classical Source Screen captures from the Zurich production of Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito”, thanks to the YouTube clip provided by Arashi110. Headshot by Bayerische Staatsoper (linked to original source). Hunkentenor tag originally created by La Cieca