Jonas Kaufmann
Tenor

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At the start of his career, Jonas Kaufmann was particularly linked with Zurich Opera, where he sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, and Florestan in Fidelio. In 2003, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Tamino. In 2006, his performance as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, brought him rapid international recognition, and he was invited to the Salzburg Festival, Chicago Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, the Deutsche Oper and State Opera in Berlin, and the Vienna State Opera. In 2010, he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival in the title role of Hans Neueunfels’ production of Lohengrin. He sang the title role in Werther at the Paris Opera and Vienna State Opera, Don José at La Scala, Milan and the Salzburg Festival under Sir Simon Rattle, the title role of Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, Cavaradossi at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and La Scala, and Maurice de Saxe in Adriana Lecouvreur at Covent Garden. He made his debut as Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 and as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Salzburg Festival in 2012. In December 2012, he opened the season at La Scala with Lohengrin. In 2013, he added three great Verdi roles to his repertoire: the title role of Don Carlo in Munich and Salzburg, Manrico in Il Trovatore and Alvaro in La Forza del Destino at Munich, and sang the title role of Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2014, he sang Werther at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, then sang his first Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut at Covent Garden, where he is returning in 2015 to sing the title role in Andrea Chénier. He also performs in concert (Verdi's Requiem under Daniel Barenboim) and gives recitals with the pianist Helmut Deutsch (Die Winterreise). In 2011 he gave the first solo recital on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti's in 1994. His discography includes numerous CDs and DVDs of operas, together with several solo albums: Verismo, Wagner, Verdi and the most recent, Du bist die Welt für mich, devoted to light German music.

Creations at the Opera

  • Cassio

    Otello - 2004

  • Alfredo Germont

    La Traviata - 2007

  • Florestan

    Fidelio - 2008

  • Werther

    Werther - 2010

Currently in

Career history

Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich Masterclasses with James King, Hans Hotter, Josef Metternich

Distinctions

Winner of the Nuremberg Meistersinger competition in 1993 "Singer of the Year" with the Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America magazines Opera News Award (New York, 2011) International Opera Award “Best Male Singer” and “Readers’ Award” (London, 2013) Kammersänger in 2013