Classical Notes: Top tenor makes a plea for musicians in distress

Acclaimed tenor Jonas Kauffmann has drawn attention to the psychological toll being taken on musicians as a result of the coronavirus

24th January, 2021
Classical Notes: Top tenor makes a plea for musicians in distress
Jonas Kaufman: ‘I know about a quite high rate of suicides in our family of musicians, because they don’t see any future and it is really, really terrible.‘ Photo: Gregor Hohenberg

In the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to convince myself that things were beginning to brighten up a bit and there might be some cracks in the black wall of Covid-19 where, as Leonard Cohen told us, the light gets in.

These, alas, turned out to be New Year delusions of the hallucinogenic kind. We have all put our faith in the arrival of vaccines, but a quick tour of opera and...

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