Jonas Kaufmann may have hit the tenor milestone singing “Otello” in Giuseppe Verdi’s opera but the tenor is still committed to adding numerous roles to his repertoire.
During a press conference in Australia, he revealed a number of his dream roles. One of the operas that he is committed to learning is Wagner’s “Tristan Und Isolde” but he will first test it out this season in Boston and New York. He said, ““Once I do that, I’m sure I’ll do it onstage. Again, you need to find the right conductor and the right partner…What I can tell you is that I’m 99 percent sure that we found the right conductor, the right place, and the right soprano to do it with.” The upcoming performances will be conducted by Andris Nelsons and will also star Camilla Nylund.
Other roles the tenor admitted to being interested in are Tannhauser, Pelleas in “Pelleas et Melisande,” Samson in “Samson et Dalila,” and Paul in Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt.” However, no details have been revealed as of yet.
This week Kaufmann returns to the stage for Wagner’s “Parsifal” at the Sydney Opera alongside Michelle DeYoung.