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Jonas Kaufmann

 
Bio:
Since his sensational début at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a performance of “La Traviata” in 2006, Jonas Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic horizon. The international press has singled him out as the “new king of tenors”. Insiders praise him as the most ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Since his sensational début at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a performance of “La Traviata” in 2006, Jonas Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic horizon. The international press has singled him out as the “new king of tenors”. Insiders praise him as the most ... (read complete bio)
 

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Jonas Kaufmann and Katarina Dalayman

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Jonas Kaufmann and Katarina Dalayman

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07/23/2013
 

Jonas Kaufmann Biography

Since his sensational début at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a performance of “La Traviata” in 2006, Jonas Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic horizon. The international press has singled him out as the “new king of tenors”. Insiders praise him as the most important German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich.

Jonas Kaufmann comes from Munich. He completed his vocal studies there at the local Music Academy, in addition to which he attended master classes with Hans Hotter, James King and Josef Metternich. During his first years on stage at the State Theatre in Saarbrücken he continued his training with Michael Rhodes in Trier.

After engagements in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Milan - in Giorgio Strehler’s production of “Così fan tutte” and “Fidelio” with Riccardo Muti on the podium - Kaufmann moved on to the Zurich Opera in 2001. From there he began his international career. Appearances at the Salzburg Festival and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Paris Opéra and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, La Scala Milan, the Deutsche Oper and the State Opera in Berlin, the Vienna State Opera and the Metropolitan in New York. In 2010 he made his début at the Bayreuth Festival as Lohengrin in a spectacular staging by Hans Neuenfels.

Kaufmann is just as much in demand internationally in the Italian and French repertoires as he is in German opera. He has sung Massenet’s Werther in Paris and Vienna, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” in London, at the Met and La Scala. His intensive characterizations of Don José in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Werther in Massenet’s opera took opera fans throughout the world by storm. Kaufmann loves portraying shattered characters, immersing himself in their world and making their thoughts and emotions strikingly believable.

Besides his vocal and musical qualities, it is his total identification with his roles that has been received with such enthusiasm by press and public. This was the case at his role début as Siegmund in “Die Walküre” at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the spring of 2011. The eagerly awaited new production, masterfully conducted by James Levine, and transmitted world-wide on radio and in HD to cinemas, allowed audiences to hear the special quality of Kaufmann’s Wagner interpretations in detail: The blend of “German” expressive power and Italian vocal finesse. When Kaufmann afterwards had such a great success performing the title role of Gounod’s “Faust” (a new production that could also be seen in cinemas all over the world) he showed once again his vocal and theatrical versatility.

In 2012 he gave his debut as Bacchus in “Ariadne auf Naxos” by Richard Strauss at the Salzburg Festival. In Salzburg he was also heard as Don José in the new production of “Carmen” conducted by Simon Rattle and in a performance of the Verdi Requiem conducted by Daniel Barenboim, which has also been performed at La Scala and at the Lucerne Festival. In December 2012 he came back to Milan for the opening of La Scala’s new season with the new production of “Lohengrin”, conducted by Barenboim and directed by Claus Guth.

2013 was the year of Wagner and Verdi: After the Met’s new production of “Parsifal” and the revival of “Don Carlo” at the ROH in London, Kaufmann portrayed the title role in “Don Carlo” also in Munich and Salzburg. Furthermore he undertook two Verdi roles for the first time: Manrico in “Il Trovatore” and Alvaro in “La Forza del Destino”, both in new productions at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In February and March 2014 he portrayed Massenet’s Werther in a new production at the Met, in June he gave his debut as Des Grieux in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” at the ROH in London.

Highlights in 2015 were his debut as Andrea Chenier in a new production at the ROH with Antonio Pappano conducting, his first Radames in Rom (in a concert performance with Anja Harteros and Pappano), a high acclaimed double debut in the new production of “Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci” at the Salzburg Easter Festival, a Puccini recital at La Scala, and new productions of Beethoven's “Fidelio” in Salzburg and Berlioz’ “La Damnation de Faust” at the Opéra National in Paris.

After the big success of his solo album with evergreens from the late Twenties and early Thirties (“Du bist die Welt für mich”) he presented his new album with Puccini arias (“Nessun dorma”) in September 2015. Some of those arias he has performed at the legendary “Last night of the proms” in the Royal Albert Hall on September 12th.

In Munich’s new production of Wagner's “Meistersinger”, which had its premiere in May 2016, Kaufmann has sung the part of Walther von Stolzing for the first time on stage. In August 2016 Kaufmann made his South American tour debut with concerts and recitals in Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima and Santiago de Chile.

In January 2017 Kaufmann returned to the Paris Opéra with Claus Guth’s production of “Lohengrin”, in March he was the protagonist in Munich’s new production of “Andrea Chenier”. In June he made his long awaited role debut as Otello at the ROH in London. “Kaufmann sings an Otello for the ages” was the headline of the NY Times’ review; a week after the premiere, the production was broadcast in cinemas all over the world. In August he returned to the Sydney Opera House for several performances of “Parsifal”. His first production in the season 2017/18 is the French version of Verdi's “Don Carlos” in Paris, staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski and conducted by Philippe Jordan. In November 2017 Kaufmann did his first recital tour in China with Lied recitals in Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Beijing and an opera concert in Shanghai.

After a revival of “Andrea Chenier” at the Bayerische Staatsoper in November/December 2017, Jonas Kaufmann performed opera concerts in Japan as well as recitals in Santa Monica and at Carnegie Hall in January 2018. Further highlights of the 2017/18 season included a tour of Hugo Wolf’s “Italienisches Liederbuch“, which brought Kaufmann, Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch to concert halls throughout Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, London, Paris, Budapest and Barcelona; “Andrea Chenier” in Barcelona (his opera debut at the Teatro Liceu) and Vienna; concertante performances of “Tristan”’s second act with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons in Boston and Carnegie Hall in New York - and “An Italian Night” in Berlin’s Waldbühne.

At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Kaufmann gave a series of recitals in Moscow, Vienna, Paris and the Scala in Milano amongst others. Having presented his program “You mean the world to me” for the first time in New York, he made his return to the MET with Puccini’s “Fanciulla” in October. This was followed by a new production of Verdi’s “Otello” at the Bayerische Staatsoper, conducted by Kirill Petrenko. After the concert tours in January and February 2019 (Mahlers “Lied von der Erde” and Scenes from French Operas), Kaufmann won great acclaim at the ROH again, this time in Verdis “La Forza del Destino” with Anna Netrebko (Leonora), Ludovic Tezier (Carlos) and Antonio Pappano conducting. In June / July, Kaufmann recorded “Otello” with Pappano in Rome, in August he returned to the opera house in Sydney, singing three concert performances of “Andrea Chenier” conducted by Pinchas Steinberg.

In September he started the new season with four performances of “Otello” in Munich. At the Bayerische Staatsoper he also made his debut as Paul in the new production of Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” conducted by Kirill Petrenko (premiere on November 18). After a concert tour with his “Wien” project in January Kaufmann sang in the new production of “Fidelio” in London. Due to the corona crisis the planned concert performances of the 3rd act of “Tristan” (in Boston and at Carnegie Hall in New York) and the performances of “Die Walküre” in Paris had been postponed.

Kaufmann's versatility has been documented on a number of CD’s and DVD’s in performances of such works as “Lohengrin”, “Walküre”, “Parsifal”, “Königskinder”, “Ariadne auf Naxos”, “Don Carlo”, “La Forza del Destino”, “Aida”, “Tosca”, “Adriana Lecouvreur”, “Werther” and “Carmen”. His solo albums are bestsellers only a few weeks after being released. In 2011 he was presented the coveted “Opera News Award” in New York. Shortly afterwards Kaufmann was named a “Chevalier de l'Ordre de l’Art et des Lettres” by French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand. Kaufmann has been selected several times as “Singer of the Year”, by the classical music magazines “Opernwelt”, “Diapason” and “Musical America” as well as by the juries of “Echo-Klassik” and the inaugural “International Opera Awards” (London 2013).

Kaufmann is also a familiar figure world-wide on the concert and recital platforms. He regards art song interpretation as “The Royal Class of Singing”. since this genre calls for considerably more finesse and differentiation than any other vocal discipline. His partnership with pianist Hemut Deutsch, with whom he worked as far back as his student days in Munich, has proven itself in countless concerts including one on October 30 2011, on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This was the first solo recital given at the Met since Luciano Pavarotti’s back in 1994.

Jonas Kaufmann Awards and Nominations

 
Olivier Awards - 2015 - Outstanding Achievement in Opera
Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann News

SeokJong Baek Joins CAVELLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI at Royal Opera House Photo SeokJong Baek Joins CAVELLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI at Royal Opera House
by Grace Cutler - Jul 8, 2022

The Royal Opera House today announces that sadly Jonas Kaufmann has withdrawn from all performances of Cavalleria rusticana. Mr. Kaufmann is continuing to recover from COVID-19 and is not well enough to sing the remaining performances.  

Ermonela Jaho Withdraws From Performances of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI at The R Photo Ermonela Jaho Withdraws From Performances of CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA/ PAGLIACCI at The Royal Opera House
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 30, 2022

The Royal Opera House today announced that Ermonela Jaho has withdrawn from all performances of Pagliacci due to illness. The role of Nedda will now be performed by Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak - in addition to singing the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. 

Opera Naples Hosts Exclusive Summer Opera Film Series Featuring MADAMA BUTTERFLY and  Photo Opera Naples Hosts Exclusive Summer Opera Film Series Featuring MADAMA BUTTERFLY and More
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 27, 2022

Opera Naples, one of Naples' leading performing arts organizations, has announced tickets are on sale for HD at Opera Naples, a summer film series of classic European operas. Showings will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month July 6 through Oct. 19, 2022, at the Wang Opera Center.

Opera Naples Announces Summer Opera Film Series Featuring Renée Fleming & More Photo Opera Naples Announces Summer Opera Film Series Featuring Renée Fleming & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2022

Opera Naples has announced tickets are on sale for HD at Opera Naples, a summer film series of classic European operas. Showings will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month July 6 through Oct. 19, 2022, at the Wang Opera Center.

20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List Photo 20 Theater Books for Your Summer 2022 Reading (and Listening) List
by Team BWW - Jun 25, 2022

Summer is here at last and there is no better time to have fun in the sun with a new read! You're in luck, because this year, Broadway's best have put pen to paper to turn out theatre page-turners of every kind.

Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From Opening Performance of CAVELLERIA RUSTICA / PAGLIACCI Photo Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From Opening Performance of CAVELLERIA RUSTICA / PAGLIACCI
by Grace Cutler - Jun 24, 2022

Jonas Kaufman has withdrawn due to the impacts of Covid on his voice and performance.

The Bayerische Staatsoper Announces Munich Opera Festival 2022 Photo The Bayerische Staatsoper Announces Munich Opera Festival 2022
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

The Bayerische Staatsoper is already in preparations for the Munich Opera Festival 2022. The first Munich Opera Festival under the Artistic Direction of Serge Dorny focuses on four great compositions by Richard Strauss with its underlying theme of the passing of time.

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by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2022

Diana Damrau & Nicolas Testé to Perform at The Broad Stage Photo Diana Damrau & Nicolas Testé to Perform at The Broad Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 7, 2022

The Broad Stage will present Global superstar and Metropolitan Opera favorite Diana Damrau, returning alongside famed bass Nicolas Testé for a fun and lively program of opera, operetta, lieder, and songs on Sunday, April 24 at 7:30p.

The Royal Opera House Announces 2022/23 Season Photo The Royal Opera House Announces 2022/23 Season
by Stephi Wild - Apr 6, 2022

The Royal Opera House today announces its 2022/23 Season, unveiling a rich range of new work, world premieres and beloved revivals. Over 40 productions, performed by an incredible roster of international stars and created in collaboration with global companies, will be accompanied by more than 200 events and activities in our stunning Covent Garden Home, and outreach programmes reaching more than 27,000 children across the UK. 

Jonas Kaufmann Videos

VIDEO: Watch Highlights From MET STARS LIVE IN CONCERT Presents Sonya Yoncheva VideoVIDEO: Watch Highlights From MET STARS LIVE IN CONCERT Presents Sonya Yoncheva
by Stage Tube - Jan 18, 2022

Soprano Sonya Yoncheva performed a live concert on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from the Schussenried Cloister in southwest Germany as part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series. 

VIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of Three Divas Live in Concert Streaming Live From Versai VideoVIDEO: Go Behind The Scenes Of Three Divas Live in Concert Streaming Live From Versailles 5/22
by Alan Henry - May 21, 2021

Wagnerians in Concert features sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager, and baritone Michael Volle, live from the Hessisches Staatstheater, in Wiesbaden, Germany, on May 8. Three Divas showcases sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, live from the Opéra Royal-Château de Versailles, in France, on May 22. Both concerts will be streamed live on the Met's website at 1pm EST/7pm CET, and will then be available on demand for 14 days.

VIDEO: Three Divas Live in Concert To Stream Live From Versailles 5/22 VideoVIDEO: Three Divas Live in Concert To Stream Live From Versailles 5/22
by Alan Henry - May 5, 2021

Wagnerians in Concert features sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager, and baritone Michael Volle, live from the Hessisches Staatstheater, in Wiesbaden, Germany, on May 8. Three Divas showcases sopranos Ailyn Pérez and Nadine Sierra and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, live from the Opéra Royal-Château de Versailles, in France, on May 22. Both concerts will be streamed live on the Met's website at 1pm EST/7pm CET, and will then be available on demand for 14 days.

VIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann Performs 'E lucevan le stelle' For The Met's LIVE IN CONCERT Se VideoVIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann Performs 'E lucevan le stelle' For The Met's LIVE IN CONCERT Series
by Stage Tube - Jul 18, 2020

As part of the first performance in the new Met Stars Live in Concert series, tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings Cavaradossi's Act III aria from Puccini's “Tosca.'

VIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann on La Fanciulla del West VideoVIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann on La Fanciulla del West
by Alan Henry - Oct 30, 2018

In the video below watch as Jonas Kaufmann discusses his role with host Susanna Phillips during the October 27 Live in HD transmission.

VIDEO: First Look At LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at The Met VideoVIDEO: First Look At LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST at The Met
by Alan Henry - Oct 17, 2018

In the video below get a first look at La Fanciulla del West at The Met Opera!

VIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Schubert's “Das Wandern” VideoVIDEO: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Schubert's “Das Wandern”
by Alan Henry - Apr 27, 2018

In the video below, superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings “Das Wandern” from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin. The performance footage was captured on January 20, 2018 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Jonas Kaufmann in the 'Last Night of the Proms'
by Stage Tube - Sep 14, 2015

On September 12, Jonas Kaufmann made his debut in the the celebrated 'Last Night of the Proms concert', televised live from London's Royal Albert Hall. He sang a selection of Puccini arias, including 'Nessun Dorma' and also was the first German to sing "Rule Britannia" in the history of 'Last Night of the Proms' performances. 

STAGE TUBE: First Listen! Jonas Kaufman Sings 'Nessun Dorma' from the 'Real' Puccini Album
by Stage Tube - Sep 4, 2015

BroadwayWorld previously reported that Tenor Jonas Kaufmann warned fans not to buy the Puccini Album from Decca, uriging fans to wait until the 'real' Puccini album is released with Sony on September 11.  

BWW TV: First Look at Jonas Kaufmann Singing 'O Nature' From WERTHER at The Met
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 25, 2014

Tenor Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the tortured poet in the Met's new production of Massenet's Werther, running through March 15, 2014. Check out the video below of Jonas singing 'O Nature.'


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