‘Opera is a power house, a unique sort of magic and excitement. There is nothing like the thrill of an exciting live performance, with all those risks, and surprises, and that special chemistry between stage and audience; the combination of performed music, theatre and stage design … that’s something you don’t get in any other genre.’
—  Jonas Kaufmann
Operamusings Holiday Giveaway!

I’m going to keep it simple this year and just offer CDs and DVDs. 


1. One reblog per day. Secondary blogs created just for giveaways will not be counted. Likes will not be counted. 

2. You must be following me. 

3. I will ship internationally, so everybody can participate.

4. You must be okay with sending me a name and a mailing address for the items. If you’re under 18, please make sure your parents are okay with this. If the postal service is unable to deliver the item due to incorrect address, you will forfeit the prize and I will pick another winner.

5. You can only win one item.

6. if you are selected, I will message you. You will have 24 hours to respond. If you don’t respond within 24 hours, I will pick another winner. First person will get 24 hours to pick their item, and then the second person can pick from the leftover items, etc etc. 

7. Giveaway closes on December 22nd. Depending on where you live, you may be getting your item after the holidays. 

See below for prizes!

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Renee Fleming and Anthony Freud, during an American Voices Panel
  • Renee Fleming:What about image? How much pressure is there on young singers to be attractive? Just now, I was in Vienna, and Jonas Kaufmann had cut outs of him all over Vienna, free standing ones by the way. Your own life sized paper doll of Jonas Kaufmann does exist. He was unshaven, leather coat, rock star image thing!
  • Anthony Freud:Did you have to check it, Renee, or could you bring it back in hand luggage?
  • Renee Fleming:I took two. I brought two home.
  • Morgen!
  • Richard Strauss
  • Strauss: Lieder

Richard Strauss, Morgen!, op. 27 no. 4

Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

Helmut Deutsch, piano


Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen
und auf dem Wege, den ich gehen werde,
wird uns, die Glücklichen sie wieder einen
inmitten dieser sonnenatmenden Erde…
und zu dem Strand, dem weiten, wogenblauen,
werden wir still und langsam niedersteigen,
stumm werden wir uns in die Augen schauen,
und auf uns sinkt des Glückes stummes Schweigen…


And tomorrow the sun will shine again
and on the way that I will go,
she will again unite us, the happy ones
amidst this sun-breathing earth,
and to the beach, wide, wave-blue
will we still and slowly descend
silently we will look in each other’s eyes
and upon us will sink the mute silence of happiness

Jonas Kaufmann is a German operatic tenor. Born in Munich in 1969, he made his debut in 1994 at the Staatstheater Saabrucken. Since then he has become one of the world’s leading spinto tenors, performing such diverse repertoire as Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote and Siegmund in Wagner’s Die Walkure. He is currently in Wagner's Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. His unofficial title is “Die Hunkentenor von Munchen.”