Jonas Kaufmann has announced his return to the stage after months on vocal rest.
In an interview with Corriere della Sera in Italy the German tenor stated, “It was really tough. I love to sing and never before have I been forced to [take] such a long break. It was not easy, but what else could I do? I tried to be patient and do what the doctor prescribed. And ignore the gossip going around about my health.”
He also noted that legendary Mezzo Soprano Christa Ludwig gave him some advice. He said, “Christa Ludwig, the great mezzo-soprano, had the same problem. She warned me, ‘Jonas, do not come back to sing before the swelling has completely subsided.'”
The tenor recently appeared on NDR’s talk show and looked healthy and he also appeared at the Echo-Klassik awards. However, he did not make any announcement about his return to the stage.
In October he first announced that the side effects of a medicine had caused a haematoma. He stated,” To avoid permanent damage, I have to stop singing until the haematoma has completely subsided.” However the amount of cancellations led to several speculations on when he would return to the stage. The tenor cancelled a debut in Monte Carlo and a Grand Opening concert Hamburg as well as the Nobel Prize ceremony.
Kaufmann returns to the stage in a much anticipated production of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” at the Paris National Opera. He then takes up a residence at the Barbican in London before heading to Munich for a new production of Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” with Anja Harteros.” He ends the season with Verdi’s “Otello” at the Royal Opera.