SBS, 8 Aug 2014
By Brianna Roberts
Opera's 'hottest tenor' hopes to bring music to new audiences
The 'hottest tenor' in opera is hoping his tour of Australia will introduce opera to new audiences.
The man described as the ‘hottest tenor’ of the opera world, Jonas Kaufmann has arrived in Sydney for his Australian tour, hoping to bring opera to new audiences.

Lyndon Terracini from Opera Australia says Kaufmann has a voice to rival Pavarotti. He believes Kaufmann brings a little something special, which they hope will attract a non-traditional opera audience.

"How good is Jonas Kauffman? Well he's the best. He's one of the most extraordinary singers in the world at the moment, and one of the greatest singers that's ever lived,” he said.

“It’s something that you can’t really describe, or put your finger on it, but you know when someone has it. And when Jonas comes into a room you feel it. And when he walks on stage you feel, you actually feel as though he’s singing directly to you.”

Kaufmann's been praised in the media for his incredible vocal range and his ‘darkly handsome’ looks.

The singer is fluent in four languages and sings in English, French, German and Italian.

“Music itself is an international language,” he said. “You will know, even if you don't understand a word of the language."

"If you have truthful emotions that match with the words and then on top that, the compliment of the orchestra, you will feel what this person is feeling."

Kaufmann has worked with some of the world's leading conductors and orchestra, including the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Despite being described as the greatest operatic voice of our century, Kaufmann is not getting carried away.

“I'm of course flattered when I hear things like that. But the moment I say, ‘yes, I've made it’, I'm probably minutes before I'm going down."

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