© 2024 WRTI
Your Classical and Jazz Source. Celebrating 75 Years!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Jonas Kaufmann Steps Into The (Boxing) Ring

This morning, London's Royal Opera House posted a promo video on YouTube of tenor Jonas Kaufmann (who, it must be said, is featured prominently on the blog "Shirtless Opera Singers").

In this video, Kaufmann is not exactly practicing his right hook or sporting a satin robe — instead, the stylists have gone for tux-and-Rat Pack cool. Also, he's not heard singing a note, not that that's the point of this promo. Nor is there any classical music in it at all. (The opera, by the way, is Berlioz' Les Troyens, in a new production opening in June and directed by David McVicar. Not that that matters a whit either.)

Just a few years ago, Kaufmann was complaining to the press that he was "fed up with being portrayed as male opera totty in what he feels are inappropriate magazines." Has his tune changed? (Totty, by the by, is a Britishism for hottie.)

Watch the video and tell us what you think: Silly? Sexy? And do you think it will attract new audiences?

Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Anastasia Tsioulcas is a reporter on NPR's Arts desk. She is intensely interested in the arts at the intersection of culture, politics, economics and identity, and primarily reports on music. Recently, she has extensively covered gender issues and #MeToo in the music industry, including backstage tumult and alleged secret deals in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against megastar singer Plácido Domingo; gender inequity issues at the Grammy Awards and the myriad accusations of sexual misconduct against singer R. Kelly.