Jonas Kaufmann

Season 17/18 Artist
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In the early years of his career, Jonas Kaufmann had strong ties to the Zurich Opera. In 2003, he made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in the title role of Tamino. His performance as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2006 projected him into the international limelight. In 2010, he made his debut appearance at the Bayreuth Festival in the title role of Hans Neuenfels' production of Lohengrin. He sang the title role in Werther at the Paris Opera and the Vienna Staatsoper, Don José in Carmen at Milan’s La Scala and the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the title role in Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, Cavaradossi in Tosca at Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and Milan’s La Scala, and Maurizio Count of Saxony in Adriana Lecouvreur at Covent Garden.
His other roles include Siegmund in Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Salzburg Festival in 2012.
In December 2012, he opened the season at Milan’s La Scala with Lohengrin. In 2013, he added three major Verdi roles to his repertoire: the title role in Don Carlo in Munich and Salzburg, Manrico in Il Trovatore and Alvaro in La Forza del destino in Munich. He also sang the title role in Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. In 2014, he sang the role of Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut for the first time at London’s Covent Garden and returned there in 2015 to sing the title role in Andrea Chénier.
He played Canio (Pagliacci) and Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Salzburg Easter Festival before performing the role of Don José at the Chorégies d’Orange, Des Grieux in Munich and Florestan (Fidelio) in Salzburg. He performed the role of Radames for the first time in a stage version of Aida (a part he had previously recorded under the musical direction of Antonio Pappano) and he tackled the role of Walter von Stolzing (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) in 2016.
In June 2017, he sang the title role in Otello at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden. He also performs in concert (Verdi’s Requiem under the baton of Daniel Barenboim) and in recital with the pianist Helmut Deutsch (Winterreise). His discography includes numerous operas on CD and DVD, as well as the solo albums Verismo, Wagner, Verdi, Du bist die Welt für mich (devoted to light German music), Nessun dorma (opera arias by Puccini), and Dolce Vita (Italian songs).

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