Biography

Jonas Kaufmann

Current as of May 2021

Jonas Kaufmann is regularly acclaimed by public and press alike as the greatest tenor of the present day, impressing audiences with his flawless technique, his refined musicality and his dramatic charisma onstage. He has performed more than 70 roles in the world’s leading opera houses in addition to being in demand as an outstanding lieder recitalist and concert artist. His appearances and his recordings have earned him numerous honours and awards, including eight Echo Klassik Awards (since 2018 Opus Klassik Awards), the accolade of Singer of the Year from multiple classical music magazines including Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and membership of the Bavarian Order of Maximilian.

Among Jonas Kaufmann’s roles in 2020/ 21 have been Rodolfo (La Bohème) at the Bavarian State Opera, Radamès in a new production of Aida at the Paris Opéra and the title roles in a revival of Don Carlos and a new production of Parsifal at the Vienna State Opera. On the concert platform he has been heard at La Scala, Milan, as well as in Bergamo, Bologna and Madrid.

Jonas Kaufmann’s two most recent recordings for Sony Classical have been Selige Stunde, a selection of German songs with Helmut Deutsch at the piano, and It’s Christmas, an album of Christmas songs in English, French, German and Italian.

Blessed with a voice that excels in a wide-ranging repertoire, Jonas Kaufmann has gained recognition in French, German and Italian roles. Central to his repertoire are Don José, Werther, Don Carlo(s), Otello, Andrea Chénier, Maurizio, Lohengrin, Parsifal and Florestan, which he has sung at La Scala, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, the Bavarian State Opera, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Zurich Opera, the Paris Opéra, the Vienna State Opera and elsewhere. The range of his repertoire is also documented in an extensive discography that features operas, lieder, operettas and other genres.

Jonas Kaufmann was born in Munich, where he completed his vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts, while additionally attending masterclasses with Hans Hotter, James King and Josef Metternich. During his early engagement at the Saarbrücken State Theatre, he also continued his vocal training with Michael Rhodes in Trier.

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