1)Both started as lyric tenors
2)Both transitioned as Helden Tenors (Heppner was the Tristan of choice at the peak of his career)
3)Both incursioned as spinto/dramatic tenors in the Italian and French repertoires
4)Both sang Otello
We know what happened to Hepner's voice after the Otellos
Hope that Kaufmann survives this killing role that Caruso and Corelli avoided
Miguel de Virgilio
From: Max D. Winter [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 7:40 AM
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Subject: Re: Kaufman in Otelloâ€¦ NY Times:
I first hear Kaufmann singing Alfredo on a Met broadcast of "Traviata." Like some others, I was initially put off by his baritonal sound, which while expressive I thought was all wrong for the part of Alfredo. But I do remember thinking, after the confrontation scene in Act II, that this tenor should be singing Otello one day. The sound of the voice was perfect for the part and even on the radio the heft and projection were apparent.
Of course, I have since come to regard Kaufmann as one of the great tenors of my long experience, and the greatest of this time. His Siegmund and Parsifal were on par with those of Jon Vickers, and his Don Jose was one of the best I've ever heard, live or on record. It is a great pity that he does not perform in this country more often. Our loss.