He opens a portfolio of publicity photos and shows me the ones that he’s not happy about. “I’ve told Decca I don’t want this one used again.” In it, he looks a fresh-faced, clean-shaven, almost girlie youth in a red, long-sleeved T-shirt.
As a result, he had to cancel a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette in Venice — not, contrary to rumours in the blogosphere, because his voice had grown too heavy for the role. “That’s absolutely not true. It has also been suggested that I cancelled because I didn’t like the production, but that isn’t true either. I really want to sing Roméo while I can still play the character on stage.”
Jonas Kaufmann, "opera's pin-up" interviewed by Hugh Canning for The Times