The Case of the Hunkentenor: “Jonas Kaufmann Gay”

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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!”

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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.

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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)]

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…a girl can dream indeed!

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

21 thoughts on “The Case of the Hunkentenor: “Jonas Kaufmann Gay””

  1. Weren’t you supposed to be preparing for the conference? LOL. OK, a fine way to “unburden” your mind, writing. And I enjoy it. Learning more about opera the best way ever: thanks to a fine lady teacher and listening and enjoying it. Thanks indeed. Sam.

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  2. darling, I am really impressed by your google results. and thanks for picking up one of my favourite… uhm… opera topics.

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  3. another note on search results – please work on “opera blog recipes”, “opera blog binational relationship” and “PhD brilliant opera analyses” *smile*

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  4. @Sam: that’s why there are pre-written posts that Ngf posts when Anik is out on conferences…😉 Glad to hear you enjoy the “opera” posts!

    @Ennis: …let me google “life library” again…

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  5. *melts into the carpet at seeing Vesselina’s Sesto & Kaufmann’s Tito together*

    Thank you SO much for your operatic posts! We seem to be on the same brainwave.😉

    Cheers,
    Arashi110

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  6. @Arashi110: well, thanks to you for making those caps possible in the first place!😉 In the Zurich “Tito” (as opposed to the Salzburg production) the Tito/Sesto relationship really seemed to be the central element and it was much more easily readable as romantic than in the Salzburg version. I would even argue that this Sesto/Tito image is probably more authentiqueer than the Alfredo/Germont header grapic above.

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  7. Tito/Sesto: as for me, I’m thoroughly convinced (having listened to different renditions of ‘Deh, per questo istante solo’ for, like, 100 times or more) that the Tito/Sesto relationship is perfectly authentic, and that in the end Sesto finally realizes Tito is the only person he truly loves. Just listen to his most heartbreakingly tender ‘Ti ricordi il primo amor’. The word ‘amor’, by the way, is reserved ONLY for this aria and ONLY for Tito. Vitellia gets no ‘amor’ whatsoever.

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  8. What about the news that Jonas Kaufmann and Angela Gheorgiou are now an item? Is that going to last? I wonder!

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      1. Sì, questo vuol dire, ma credo che non è vero (e si lo sia: non mi interessa). Cantavano insieme, sì. Ma questo che dice? – Al fin, con queste cose sempre avrà ciarle senza fondamento nessuno.

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  9. Il gossip corre dal concerto di Abu Dabi, naturalmente il dietro le quinte non dovrebbe interesare i fans ma solo la moglie di Kaufmann. A me quale assidua fruitrice di spettacoli opera fa piacere constatare che quando devono cantare in coppia non si “ammalano mai”.
    Da ultimo mi piacerebbe sapere se Jonas Kaufmann canta sul palco col microfono tra i bei ricci o altrove come sospetto. Una risposta affidabile Grazie. marianna.

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    1. Pensavo che il gossip viene anche dei concerti di Adriana in Berlino quest’Ottobre passato… è vero, fanno una coppia molto bella (e convincente) sulla scena.

      Il uso di microfono dipende della sala; nei grandi concerti di open air anche i migliori lo usano, specialmente se ci sono trasmissioni di radio/televisione. Sul palco normale e nelle sale di concerto, non credo che ci sarà un microfono nascosto tra quelli “bei ricci”.😉

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  10. La Gheorghiu ha detto di avere un nuovo amore e che ne parlera’ quando lo riterra’ opportuno. Dalle Vostre parti sapete chi e’ questo povero disgraziato?

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  11. MA NON E’IL GRANDE JONAS CHE SI T.(CENSURA) LA BELLA ANGELA?, PER FAVORE NON MI CONFONDETE! SE NON E’ LUI DITELO CHE MI PRESENTO IO PERBACCO! NON SARO’ COME JONAS, MEGLIO DI ALAGNA E GRIGOLO ACCIDENTI SI!

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  12. Miss Gheorghiu ha dichiarato di aver fatto la pace con Alagna, speriamo che d’ora in avanti si dedichi solo al ritrovato menage matrimoniale visto che troppe produzioni ha cancellato in questo anno. Auguri al tenore che con il celibato sembrava aver riacquistato la voce di un tempo: non vorrei che l’angelica mogliettina gliela facesse riperdere.Saluti.

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  13. Even singing “Solenne in quest’ora” the most obvious “gay” opera duet shows great sensitivity.

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