The German tenor, Jonas Kaufmann, is one of the hottest properties in the opera world, with the power and beauty of his singing and his matinée-idol delivery. In what is the most intimate and extensive portrait yet made of Kaufmann, the film-maker John Bridcut was given unique and surprising access to the singer for two years, on and off duty. He talks freely about his career, his love of music, his cancellations, and the highs and lows of being a star.
German tenor Jonas Kaufmann is one of the hottest properties in the operatic world. He captivates audiences with the power, emotion and beauty of his singing, the intelligence of his acting, his matinée-idol delivery, and his extraordinary range – from the heroic stage roles in Wagner to the intimate songs of Schubert on the concert platform.
Acclaimed film-maker John Bridcut has been given unique access to Kaufmann across the last two years, observing him in rehearsal, backstage during performances, and in his off-duty moments. It is by far the most intimate and extensive portrait yet made of Jonas Kaufmann, now at the peak of his career. It features his triumphant return to the stage, notably in the production of Verdi’s opera Otello at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, after a five-month absence due to vocal injury. Kaufmann is filmed working with the Royal Opera’s Music Director, Sir Antonio Pappano, and the production’s Stage Director Keith Warner. He talks freely about his earlier cancellations, about what keeps him going during a run of performances, and the challenges of being a star.
John Bridcut has previously made documentary portraits of Herbert von Karajan, Rudolf Nureyev, Mstislav Rostropovich and Sir Colin Davis (which was named Best Arts Documentary at the Grierson Awards). His clutch of composer-portraits began with the award-winning Britten’s Children and continued with films on Elgar, Delius, Parry and Vaughan Williams. Last year he made the BBC One documentary for the Queen’s 90th birthday, Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute.
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