Kaufmann Clarifies Lip Synching Incident

Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 06:47 PM

Jonas Kaufmann says he lip synched his performance of the Champions League theme before last weekend's final in Munich. 

The tenor posted a statement Thursday on his Facebook page, explaining why he appeared at Allianz Arena on Saturday following cancellations at New York's Metropolitan Opera on April 28 and May 7 because of illness.

"To avoid any further misunderstandings: I did not sing, but rather lip-synched to a prerecorded tape," Kaufmann wrote. "Had the promoters insisted on my singing live there, of course I would have cancelled that appearance as well. At the CLF I just had to stand there and mime for five minutes."

Kaufmann also said that, "to avoid any doubts, I did it for free!"

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

JONAS KAUFMANN, I APPLAUD YOUR EXPLANATION for your lip synching. You were just helping them celebrate with YOUR OWN SINGING VOICE albeit on a recording since you were indisposed and did not want to let anyone down. I am a Wagnerian romantischer heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles, voice production and dramaturgy techniques. I have sung in four concerts, three of them three hours-long solo concerts and one concert, a Joint Recital with the dramatic soprano Norma Jean Erdmann, in the main hall of Carnegie Hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the SOHO venue at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel . The title of the concert is 'BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, Climb Every Mountain, You'll Never Walk Alone, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, , Do You Hear the People Sing, My Way, Kumbaya, Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies, The Impossible Dream [The Quest], Granada, Wien, Wien, nur du allein, When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, Memory, Earth Anthem and 6 other selections.

May. 27 2012 12:28 AM

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