Che gelida manina, Met Opera 04/05/2014

Oh, I just love Vittorio Grigolo’s italianate singing and passionate acting! As gorgeous as this sounds, there is nothing like hearing it live. There’s a brilliant resonance in the house that’s just gorgeous. He’s everything a Rodolfo should be.

rogueragdoll:

Jonas Kaufmann Is ON OUR RADAR: Opera Superstar Talks Wagner, ‘Parsifal,’ And Craving Time Off

Interview here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/01/jonas-kaufmann-wagner_n_2792469.html

JK: [Wagner] didn’t call it an opera. He called it a Bühnenweihfestspiel, which means a stage blessing.

That’s funny, because that’s exactly what I call Jonas whenever I see him. (On stage. From my balcony box at the Met. Through my opera glasses, which do that cartoon eyeball popping out of the lens thing—but very quietly, so it’s barely audible to Jonas. Or to the brass section below).

Oh, looky! The Met sent me a book with THIS in it: my beloved Jonas Kaufmann.