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The classical music world often over-hypes artists beyond their talents. Will this be the case with German tenor Jonas Kaufmann?

By Martin Kettle   December 2010

The special one: tenor Jonas Kaufmann may live up to the hype

Anyone who writes about the performing arts longs for the moment they can sit down, with thrill in their hearts, and write the words: “Every now and then a special one comes along. On the basis of what I heard tonight, so-and-so is such a one.”

In the classical music industry, unfortunately, these words have long been a debauched currency. As its business prospects worsen, the hype about new talent has got grosser and harder to sustain. Today, the next superstar comes around more frequently than ever…

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