Verona 2021, EnneviFoto
A year after his concert debut at the Arena di Verona (the evening ended with seven encores!), Jonas Kaufmann will appear there for the first time in an opera production: on 28 August he will sing Radames in the Zeffirelli production of Verdi's Aida, with Ljudmyla Monastyrska in the title role. For tickets click here.
Foto (C) Wilfried Hösl / Bayerische Staatsoper
"In good voice again: Jonas Kaufmann and his pianist Helmut Deutsch thrill the audience at the Nationaltheater."
"His outstanding aura captivates all listeners, even those in the seats with limited visibility. This man simply has character, a great voice and intelligence. (...) No note sounded shrill or even forced, instead Kaufmann managed to let the notes float into the hall with a very delicate vibrato. Wonderful! Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch performed five encores, all of which received standing ovations.”
Next recital with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch: August 7th at the Salzburg Festival. For remaining tickets and information click here.
Unfortunately, the concert with Jonas Kaufmann planned for 18 August 2022 at Berlin's Waldbühne cannot take place for production reasons and must therefore be postponed.
The organiser has managed to arrange an alternative date: The concert will now take place on Saturday, 8 July 2023 (starting already at 7 pm). Jonas Kaufmann and Rachel Willis-Sørensen will be accompanied by the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Jochen Rieder.
Tickets already purchased remain valid or can be returned to the advance booking office where they were purchased.
Jonas Kaufmann makes a return to another one of his standout roles, headlining a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin with Opera Australia at the State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, under the direction of Olivier Py. Having performed the role already in Munich (2009), at the Bayreuth Festival (2010), at La Scala in Milan (2012) and at the Paris Opéra (2017), this is his fifth production of Wagner's opera. He is joined by Emily Magee as Elsa, Elena Gabouri as Ortrud, Simon Meadows as Telramund, Daniel Sumegi as Heinrich and Warwick Fyfe as Herald, conducted by Opera Australia’s Head of Music Tahu Matheson. Performances are held on 14th, 17th, 21st, and 24th May. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Scene from Claus Guth's production in Paris, 2017. Photo (c) Monika Rittershaus
Jonas Kaufmann has been honored - twice in one week - with two awards, both in memory of a legendary tenor from operatic history. On April 24th, in Ancona, Italy, he received the Premio Corelli100 from the Fondazione Teatro delle Muse (here is the link to a report), and on April 28th, in Naples, the Premio Internazionale Casa Museo Enrico Caruso (link to the video of the ceremony).
Sony has released Jonas Kaufmann's latest album: The Tenor, a compilation of some of the most hummable, accessible classical vocal works to bridge the gap between what people might hear for a moment in their daily lives and listening to a full operatic work. The collection includes arias from Rigoletto, Carmen, Werther, Manon Lescaut, Tosca and Turandot; plus evergreens like Mattinata, Torna a Surriento, Core 'ngrato and Non ti scordar di me and three of the most famous Italian pop songs: Volare, Parla più piano and Caruso. Order here.
Jonas Kaufmann returns to the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples for the second time this season, performing one of his most popular roles: Mario Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca. The title role is sung by Oksana Dyka, the conductor is Juraj Valčuha. Performances are scheduled for April 20, 23, 27 and 30. Tickets and additional information can be found here.
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Calaf in a concert version of Puccini’s Turandot at the Santa Cecilia Hall in Rome, which is also set to be recorded by Warner Classics. Performing alongside Mr. Kaufmann are Sondra Radvanovsky as Turandot (also making her role debut) and Ermonela Jaho as Liù. Sir Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia on March 12th. For tickets and further information click here.
(C) Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
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Should art be politically neutral? Can it be? Many artists throughout history have had to ask themselves this central question. While Benjamin Britten, in his American exile, wrote about an autistic outsider in a small fishing village in England and Richard Strauss pondered the complex relationship between music, words and stage direction, Viktor Ullman wrote his last work in Theresienstadt, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, which can be described as extremely political. It borders on a miracle that this work has been preserved for posterity. Nevertheless, it has not found its way into the great opera houses, quite in contrast to Peter Grimes and Capriccio.
Does this mean that one must remain neutral in order to not risk one’s success? In other words, "Vissi d'arte"? No, certainly not!
As an artist, one should be aware of where the respective strength of one's ability lies. And Ullmann certainly was thinking less of posterity and more about the fellow prisoners who, with his help, were supposed to be amused by the caricatured Nazi greats in this unimaginably threatening atmosphere. So the question that arises is not one of neutrality at any price, but whether art itself must serve as a vehicle for every expression of opinion. I think: no.
As human beings, however, everyone must be able to express a private opinion – here "Vissi d'arte" has become obsolete.
Last autumn, I was appointed UN Ambassador, a really great honour of which I hope I can prove worthy. The idea of One Humanity of the The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is visionary and yet only logical - at the same time human and utopian:
There is only this one earth on which we all must and may live. So what sense does it make to fight each other when no one can run away from our common destiny. The goal is for humanity to accept and understand that life on this planet only has a future if we all join hands and decide together on this future.
We have clearly moved away from this goal due to the military conflict in Ukraine. Therefore, as ambassador, I never tire of explaining that no conflict, of any kind, can only be resolved by force!
At certain points in history, peace negotiations were preceded by a joint concert. Perhaps this is the contribution that we as musicians can make: to build a bridge through art, to renew the awareness of common culture and interests and thus to strengthen the will for a peaceful settlement of this conflict. Let us hope so.
This Spring, Jonas Kaufmann will be travelling around Europe with colleagues Diana Damrau and Helmut Deutsch on tour, as they present their new program: Love Songs by Schumann and Brahms.
21.03: Munich, Isarphilharmonie
23.03: Essen, Philharmonie
25.03: Frankfurt, Alte Oper
27.03: Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus
29.03: London, Barbican Centre
31.03: Luxembourg, Philharmonie
03.04: Paris, Philharmonie
05.04: Berlin, Philharmonie
07.04: Madrid, Auditorio Nacional de Música
09.04: Barcelona, Palau de la Música
11.04: Hamburg, Laeiszhalle
13.04: Wien, Musikverein
For tickets and additional information click here.
(C) Michael Poehn
After the acclaimed performance of Peter Grimes on 2 February, three artists were honoured in the presence of the audience. Bryn Terfel and Jonas Kaufmann were awarded the Austrian professional title of Kammersänger, Simone Young was made an honorary member of the State Opera. The awards were presented by State Secretary for Art and Culture Andrea Mayer and State Opera Director Bogdan Roščić.
In his acceptance speech, Jonas Kaufmann said: "I am honoured and touched by this award. I have often walked past by the photo gallery of the Kammersängers at the Wiener Staatsoper, and it's really special to be standing here and to be given the same award. I think I've been Austrian in my heart for a very long time; this country and especially this city appreciates art like nowhere else in the world. With this award, I can now truely feel Austrian!"
© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Poehn
Jonas Kaufmann’s recent triumph in his role debut as Peter Grimes at the Wiener Staatsoper will be live streamed on Saturday 29th January at 19:00 CET on Ö1. The performance also features Lise Davidsen as Ellen Orford and Sir Bryn Terfel as Balstrode. Simone Young conducts choir and orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper. This program will be broadcast in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and is available worldwide. More on this in oe1.ORF.at
Photos: Teatro San Carlo / Luciano Romano
Il Mattino’s headline proclaims the premiere of the new production of Verdi’s Otello at Teatro San Carlo a triumph! The production, which opened the theater’s 2021/22 season on November 21st and was attended by the Italian president Sergio Mattarella, marks Jonas Kaufmann’s return to the role of Otello. Directed by Mario Martone and conducted by Michele Mariotti, the performances of the protagonists, including Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta (Desdemona) and Igor Golovatenko (Iago), were highly acclaimed. After his role debut in London (2017) and performances in Munich (2018/19) this is Kaufmann’s third production of Verdi's Shakespearian drama. The next performances of Otello at the Teatro San Carlo are on December 4, 10 and 14. For Tickets and further information click here.
Watch the trailer of Kaufmann's studio recording of Otello here.
Helmut Deutsch and Jonas Kaufmann during the "One Humanity Concert" in Geneva. Photo (c) Fundacion Onuart / Violaine Martin
“Many Cultures. One Humanity” is the motto of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), a special initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General. On November 8th Jonas Kaufmann was honored as official ambassador of the UNAOC. In front of the Foreign Minister of Turkey, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and the Foreign Minister of Spain, Mr. José Manuel Albares Bueno, a number of UN Principles and guests from over 40 countries, Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch celebrated the inauguration of the new UNAOC office in Geneva, with a recital hold at the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Chamber at the Palais des Nations. The program of this One Humanity Concert includes songs by Liszt, Schubert, Brahms, Dvorak, Tschaikowsky, Zemlinsky und Strauss. To watch the concert, which was captured by medici.tv click here.
In 2020, Jonas Kaufmann’s recording of It’s Christmas! was an outstanding success that captured the spirit of the holiday season. Now the album has been extended to include seven newly recorded songs and will be re-released on October 29 on Sony Classical ahead of Kaufmann’s highly anticipated concert tour this winter.
“The wonderful success of my first Christmas album, and the pleasure that it gave not just me personally but others, too, has lured me into returning to the studio this year to pay tribute to another holiday musical genre – intimate Alpine Stubnmusi – that for someone like myself, who grew up in Bavaria and Tyrol, invariably evokes the holiday spirit,” said Jonas Kaufmann.
New tracks on in this year’s release are Der englische Gruß, Auf, ihr Hirtensleut, Als Maria übers Gebirge ging, Zu Bethlehem geboren, Jetzt fangen wir zum Singen an and Mariä Wiegenlied.Read more
Jonas Kaufmann's latest recording, Liszt: Freudvoll und Leidvoll, which was released on September 17th, has been met with rave reviews. The french magazine Opéra gave the album a diamond, The Financial Times gave it four stars, and Scherzo included the album as part of their exceptional releases. Here are some quotes from reviews:
I expect I am not alone in considering this recital among the duo’s most successful Lieder recordings of their long partnership.
Jason Victor Serinus, Classical Voice
A superlative recital which he crowns with a pianissimo at the end of “Loreley” that takes your breath away. … The harmony between singer and pianist is impressive; in the case of Liszt, essential. Every inflection, every accent, every vocal nuance is reciprocated, anticipated or commented on by the piano in splendid harmony. Showing their exquisite partnership Kaufmann and Deutsch do not diverge from their excellence, with rare expressive intelligence they create an unique dialogue.
Sebastian Spreng, Miami Clasica
Above all, there is Kaufmann’s smouldering tenor, so well suited to the restrained fervour of Liszt’s romanticism. In the sanctified air of “Der du von dem Himmel bist” or the delicate romance that closes “O lieb, solang du lieben kannst”, one can imagine an audience holding its breath. For a single-disc selection of Liszt’s songs, this is up there with the best.
Richard Fairman, Financial Times
There are not too many recordings of Liszt Lieder which are really good. Here is one!
Christoph Vratz, SWR 2
Apart from their personal fame as interpreters Kaufmann and Deutsch also served an important composer. One is really grateful to be offered such a large “dose” of Franz Liszt.
Renate Wagner, Online Merker
Jonas Kaufmann embarks on a United States tour, starting with his first-ever Houston performance, a concert at the Houston Grand Opera on October 6th. An Evening with Jonas Kaufmann includes arias from highly-praised roles in his repertoire. Kaufmann’s highly anticipated debut will be conducted by HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers.
Kaufmann continues his recital tour around the States with performances in New York City, Ann Arbor, Miami, Washington, Santa Monica, and Berkeley. He opens up the Hill Auditorium’s season in Ann Arbor and makes his debut at the Adrienne Arscht Center in Miami. Heralded for his versatility in genre, style and language, these recitals feature songs by Liszt, Schubert, Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and more. Long-time friend and collaborator Helmut Deutsch accompanies Mr. Kaufmann. For the full schedule, and tickets, click here.
(c) Lena Wunderlich
Jonas’ latest studio recording, Freudvoll und Leidvoll, has been released on Sony Classics. Recorded during the lockdown with his musical partner, pianist Helmut Deutsch, this album features an exclusive collection of twenty of Liszt’s Lieder.
Helmut Deutsch about this project: "Liszt deserves to occupy a leading place in the history of the art song, and yet even today he is denied this status. Jonas Kaufmann has been singing Liszt’s Petrarch settings – exceptionally demanding from a vocal point of view – for many years. During that time he has added further Liszt songs to his repertory. It is a source of tremendous pleasure for me that I have been able to share my enthusiasm with him and persuade him to record an entire album with me."
The Opus Klassik 2021 award winners have been announced: once again Jonas Kaufmann is among the winners, this time for the recording of Verdi's opera “Otello”. Recorded with the Orchestra & Coro dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano, this album has been named "Opera Recording of the Year (19th century)". The ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 10 at the Konzerthaus Berlin (start 4:45 p.m.). As usual, ZDF will broadcast the event with a time delay (the broadcast begins at 10:15 p.m.).
Jonas Kaufmann returns to his highly-acclaimed role of Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca for three open-air performances at the Schlossbergbühne Kasematten in Graz, Austria. Performing alongside Mr. Kaufmann are esteemed colleagues Kristīne Opolais as Tosca and Sir Bryn Terfel as Scarpia. Marcus Merkel conducts the Grazer Philharmoniker, Chores der Oper Graz, and the Grazer Singschul in a semi-staged version of Puccini’s gripping opera. Mr. Kaufmann’s most recent performances as Cavaradossi earned him historical encores at the Teatro Real. Those who cannot attend the performance can watch the live broadcast on ORF on August 22nd at 20:15.
For more information visit https://spielstaetten. buehnen-graz.com/event/ 173217913/.
On August 17, Jonas Kaufmann will make his highly anticipated debut at Arena di Verona, a gala event rescheduled from the festival's 2020 season. The sold-out performance will feature Kaufmann and soprano Martina Serafin in arias and scenes from operas by Umberto Giordano, Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Jochen Rieder will lead the Orchestra dell’Arena di Verona.
For more information visit arena.it.
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Jonas Kaufmann is currently performing his celebrated role of Cavaradossi in Puccini’s “Tosca” at the Teatro Real in Madrid. During the most recent performance on July 19, he and colleague Sondra Radvanovsky made history by performing a double encore of both “Vissi d’arte” and “E lucevan le stelle”! This evening marked the first time that two arias have been encored in the same opera performance at Teatro Real. These performances of Tosca celebrate Jonas' return to the theater, having performed his last opera there in 1999. He looks forward to the next performance on July 22.
Recorded live at the Bayerische Staatsoper, December 2019, Simon Stone’s production of Korngold’s "Die Tote Stadt" has been released on DVD/Blu-ray on July 16th, 2021. Jonas Kaufmann’s role debut as Paul was hailed as a “movie-star performance” that was “pained and passionate,” by The New York Times. Opera News says that Mr. Kaufmann “gave the performance of his life, throwing himself heart, soul and voice into the character and singing with staggering power and intensity.” Kirill Petrenko leads the Bayerisches Staatsorchester with a cast that also includes Marlis Petersen as Marietta, Andrzej Filónczyk as Frank/Fritz, and Jennifer Johnston as Brigitta.This production is not to be missed!Read more
Jonas Kaufmann will add the complete role of Tristan to his repertoire at Bayerische Staatsoper this month. This occasion marks the debut of his fifth Wagner role, having already sung to great acclaim Walther von Stolzing, Parsifal, Lohengrin, and Siegmund. Operawire described his 2018 concert performance of Act II of the benchmark heldentenor role as “expressive and sublime ... emphasizing step by step tenderness while communicating vigor.”
The highly anticipated performances will take place June 29 through July 31 with Anja Harteros as Isolde, Okka von der Dammerau as Brangäne, Wolfgang Koch as Kurwenal, and Mika Kares as King Marke in the production created by Krzysztof Warlikowski. The Bayerische Staatsoper Chorus and Orchestra will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko. All dates are sold out.
Learn more at www.staatsoper.de.
Photo: © Wilfried Hösl
Photo: © Wilfried Hösl
After the highly acclaimed Tosca at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival Jonas Kaufmann will perform the role of Cavaradossi again in July in Spain, in a staged production at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and in concert at the Festival Peralada. His partners are Sondra Radvanovsky and Carlos Alvarez, the conductor is Nicola Luisotti.
Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Zubin Mehta during the "Tosca" performance in Salzburg. Photo (c) Marco Borrelli
"The term opera dream couple does not adequately describe what Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann did at the end of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival as Floria Tosca and Mario Cavaradossi in Giacomo Puccini's opera 'Tosca'. The maturity and size of their darkly timbred voices that were nevertheless luminous in the heights, his most intimate, most sophisticated 'E lucevan le stelle', her glowing, anticipatory exclamation 'Dio mi perdona. Egli vede ch'io piango!' (...) that was overwhelming, but not the self-sufficient overwhelming of an opera gala
- Frankfurter Rundschau
"At her side, Jonas Kaufmann impressed as Cavaradossi with his famous velvety tones, beguiling piani, and the incredible security of his high notes. His 'Vittoria!' and his 'E lucevan le stelle' was rewarded by the audience with thunderous applause, and became an event."
- Helmut Christian
Cast change for the "Tosca" performance at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival (May 24). Anja Harteros and Bryn Terfel have been forced to cancel their participation in the festival and as a result, Anna Netrebko and Luca Salsi have agreed to perform the title role and Scarpia on short notice. They will appear alongside Jonas Kaufmann as Mario Cavaradossi and Cecilia Bartoli who will sing the role of the young shepherd, with which she made her debut at the Opera in Rome at the age of ten.
Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, Luca Salsi and Zubin Mehta; Photo Paolo Klun, Press office Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
"Jonas Kaufmann is in top form, a very human, quite vulnerable hero. His dark tenor voice is convincing not only through the development of its strength, but even more in the lyrical moments of this broken hero."
- BR Klassik
"...his combination of the color of the voice and emotional color is seldom heard. He changes his timbre for the smallest details, becomes bright, becomes hopeful when he enumerates possible names for himself such as "Frohwalt", is deeply hurt when he speculates that he should actually be called "Wehwalt"; that is extraordinary. [In] Wagner's gloomy pathos of the united Wälsung blood, only rarely do you hear text, harmony and vocal timbres merged in such a way."
- Süddeutsche Zeitung
Now available on demand here: https://operlive.de/walkuere1/
Photo: Hannah Klug
Jonas Kaufmann returns to the role of Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre for a special concert version of Act 1 of the opera at the Bayerische Staatsoper on May 13th, and May 16th. Originally planned as an online broadcast, the theater announced today that it can welcome a limited number of audience members. Tickets for the event go on sale Tuesday, the 11th, at 10:00 am CET here.
The concert will be broadcast for free on Staatsoper.tv, live at 20:15 on May 13th, and will be available after on demand, starting on May 15th, for 30 days. The role of Sieglinde will be sung by Lise Davidsen, while Georg Zeppenfeld sings Hunding. Asher Fisch conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester.
Kaufmann can also be seen in another Wagner opera, singing the title role in Parsifal, currently available on replay on Arte. This Wiener Staatsoper production, conducted by Philippe Jordan, also stars Elina Garanča (Kundry), Ludovic Tézier (Amfortas), Georg Zeppenfeld (Gurnemanz), Wolfgang Koch (Klingsor), Stefan Cerny (Titurel), and Nikolay Sidorenko (Parsifal, back then), and is available within Europe for a limited time.
Jonas Kaufmann can currently be seen in several online broadcasts of operas, including:
Aïda - from Opéra national de Paris, available now on Arte Concert here.
Parsifal - from the Wiener Staatsoper, available now on Arte Concert here.
Die Walküre (Act 1), May 13th at 20:15 CET on Staatsoper TV here.
In addition, there is a large selection of music and interviews available on Jonas Kaufmann's official youtube channel here.
Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Wagner’s Parsifal - which will be broadcast on radio and on Arte Concert - at the Wiener Staatsoper. This Kaufmann’s sixth production of Parsifal; his previous interpretation has been celebrated for its “clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, [and] his refined musicianship” (The New York Times). Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production by Kirill Serebrennikov also boasts the role debut of Elīna Garanča as Kundry; with Ludovic Tézier as Amfortas, Georg Zeppenfeld as Gurnemanz, and Wolfgang Koch as Klingsor.
Due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, the Staatsoper can not welcome a live audience, but the show will be captured for a radio broadcast on April 17th at 19:30 CET on Ö1, and video stream on Arte Concert starting on April 18th at 14:00 CET (available only in Europe).
In addition, there will be 2 special programs on ORF. The first, entitled Der Fall Parsifal will be broadcast on April 17th at 22:00 CET, and on April 18th, the program Matinee am Sonntag will feature a portrait of both Jonas Kaufmann (at 9:55 CET) and Elīna Garanča (9:05 CET).
Please click here for more details on the production.
Clip from Jonas Kaufmann's Metropolitan Opera performance of Parsifal:
Jonas Kaufmann appeared as Radamès in the new production of Verdi's "Aida" at the Opéra National de Paris in February. The opera was staged by Lotte de Beer and livestreamed via Arte Concert and Arte TV. Jonas was joined by an illustrious cast including Sondra Radvanovsky as Aida, Ksenia Dudnikova as Amneris and Ludovic Tézier as Amonasro.
Photo: © Vincent Pontet / Opéra National de Paris
By kind permission of the Teatro Real in Madrid:
Jonas‘ statements from the press conference (with Joyce DiDonato and Javier Camarena) which have been described as a „cri de coeur“ by international press.
© Teatro Real
Photos: © Javier del Real / Teatro Real
With his new album It’s Christmas! Jonas Kaufmann echoes his own holiday memories and joys, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. This diverse holiday album features 40 favorites that reflect the many facets of Christmas, from ancient Christian hymns to contemporary pop classics.
The album includes a rich selection of traditional German holiday songs (“O du fröhliche,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Still, still, still”) which were sung around the Christmas tree every Christmas Eve when Jonas was young. Also included are haunting English carols (“What Child is This”, “In the Bleak Midwinter”) and such beloved worldwide favorites as “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”
The album’s breadth of variety is also illustrated by the inclusion of rare intimate German-Alpine Christmas songs for voice and harp accompaniment. Then, a highly personal selection of American pop holiday favorites – “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas.”
It’s Christmas! will be released on November 13 as Limited Deluxe Edition on 2CDs with extensive Booklet, as well as digitally by Sony Classical.
Verdis Don Carlos
Jonas Kaufmann spent the past five weeks in Vienna to finally appear back on the opera stage after Covid-19 had brought all performances to a halt since March. During this period of rehearsals and performances of the French version of Verdi's 'Don Carlos' at the Vienna State Opera, he also gave a further recital at the Theater im Park, gave his debut at the Summer Night's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic and gave a recital at the Vienna State Opera with the program of his new CD 'Selige Stunde'.
Some fans cheekily coined the term "Jonas Kaufmann Festival" for this extended period.
Jonas Kaufmann appeared back on the opera stage after five months with the French version of Verdi's "Don Carlos" at the Vienna State Opera. The revival of the 2004 production staged by Peter Konwitschny, was once again conducted by Bertrand de Billy, who reconstructed the original version of Verdi's score, adding passages that the composer himself had taken out in his later version. In light of the current times, this opera production was very unique, especially since the opera was staged with the entire ensemble including a 130-person choir. This was only possible thanks to extensive testing of the entire ensemble and crew every couple of days.
Photos: Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Theater im Park
Two further wonderful add-ons to his many appearances in Vienna were two recitals with Helmut Deutsch at the newly founded Theater im Park. The beautiful open air location in the Schwarzenberg Park, which is usually closed to the public, was a perfect setting for a program of Richard Strauss lieder and Viennese songs such as "Ich muss wieder einmal in Grinzing sein" or "Wien wird schön erst bei Nacht".
Recital at the Wiener Staatsoper
Jonas Kaufmann says one of the few good things the Covid-Crisis has brought, is a flexibility to say yes to spontaneous engagements such as the recital at the Vienna State Opera on September 29. Jonas and Helmut Deutsch suddenly had the chance to perform the entire program of their new album "Selige Stunde" in front of a very appreciative audience, as Agnes Baltsa had to cancel her recital due to travel restrictions and the date had freed up. The reviews unanimously praised the very special recital.
Photo: Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Jonas Kaufmann celebrated his debut at the Summer Night's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic on September 18. The program was set to the motto of 'Love' and was conducted by Valery Gergiev. The concert had been postponed from May to September due to Covid and was held in front of quite a small audience. Jonas Kaufmann performed the arias „Pourquoi me réveiller“ and „Nessun dorma!“ as well as „Wenn es Abend wird“ from Kálmáns „Gräfin Mariza“ and as an encore "Wien, Wien nur du allein".
The summer night's concert can be viewed until October 17 on 3Sat or purchased on CD and DVD/Blu-Ray from October 2.
Photos: Terry Linke
Photos: Juliamarie Curto
'Jonas Kaufmann - A Global Star in Private': the new film starts on September 23 on Amazon prime. For the first time Jonas has been filmed in private surroundings, with his family, friends and musical partners.
Coffee time: Jonas Kaufmann, his wife Christiane Lutz, Judith Williams and her husband Alexander Stecher.
The documentary will be available outside of Germany and Austria from November 1.
Photos: Indi Herbst
'Selige Stunde' is the first of several recitals recorded by Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch during the Coronavirus-forced break - a highly personal selection of romantic songs from Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Mahler and other masters. The title of the album, which was recorded in private surroundings, was taken from a song by Alexander von Zemlinsky. The album is full of some of the artists' favorite songs, including popular titles such as 'Adelaide', 'Die Forelle', 'Mondnacht' or 'In mir klingt ein Lied'. What makes the album unique, however, are the lesser known titles such as 'Still wie die Nacht', which Helmut Deutsch stumbled upon in an old album of sheet music such as one would have found in musical households in the first half of the 20th century. Love and longing are central themes of 'Selige Stunde', but also tranquility and farewell.
Photo: Lena-Marie Wunderlich
Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch performened Franz Schubert's "Die Schöne Müllerin" at the Grafenegg Music Festival in mid August. The recital was broadcast live in ORF III with Barbara Rett.
A few days later, Jonas Kaufmann was part of the inauguration concert for the new art studio complex of the Budapest Opera - Eiffel Art Studios.
Photos: Attila Nagy
This was followed by another recital with Helmut Deutsch at the "Theater im Park", a newly initiated summer stage by Michael Niavarani & Georg Hoanzl.
Filmed live at the magical Wiener Konzerthaus, Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is screening in selected cinemas during August and September 2020. A must-see event for Jonas Kaufmann fans everywhere. In the film the tenor returns to Vienna in a deeply personal tribute to the world-famous melodies from the birthplace of waltz and operetta.
As well as paying homage to Viennese music on stage, My Vienna will see Kaufmann visit stunning areas of the Austrian capital, such as the Wiener Prater, the taverns of Grinzing and the Viennese Central Cemetery to explore the culture and pride of the Viennese people, and discover the city’s historic connection to operetta melodies.
Jonas Kaufmann My Vienna is screening at selected cinemas during August and September 2020.
Tickets are on sale now. For more information and to find cinema locations visit https://www.jonaskaufmannmyvienna.com/.
Dear friends, as announced, I would like to donate $5000 in order to help artists who have been forced into unemployment due to COVID to survive the crisis until they can work again. In the past couple of days, many of you have asked where to donate. I‘ve decided to help opera singers in my country: www.saengerhilfe.de
I would, however, like to ask you to maybe donate to one of the many artists associations in your respective countries: #WeWillMetAgain, for instance, is an organization of the unemployed METorchestra, which is trying to get their musicians through the hard times until The Metropolitan Opera can open again. They have many ongoing projects through their organization.
"The familiar arias felt like they had been considered anew, and Mr. Kaufmann’s singing was splendid — his voice vibrant with dusky colors and warmth, his phrasing impassioned. When called for, he drew on smoldering power, as in his heroic account of an aria from Giordano’s “Andrea Chénier.” Yet I’ve seldom heard the “Flower Song” from Bizet’s “Carmen” sung with such tenderness and vulnerability. Mr. Kaufmann did the climactic phrase with a softness rare among tenors, following the pianissimo dynamic Bizet wrote in the score. The high B-flat was beautifully subdued." Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
"Where “Recondita” was energized and forceful, “E lucevan le stelle” was gentle and intimate. Particularly memorable was “o dolci baci languide carezze,” where Deutsche’s piano matching Kaufmann’s threadlike pianissimo singing note for note; it was the kind of chamber music magic reserved for the recital hall and generally not heard in this repertory." David Salazar, Operawire
The Met Stars Live in Concert recital is still available on demand until July 29. Tickets are $20.
Jonas Kaufmann will commence "Met Stars Live in Concert" - a new series of concerts initiated by the Metropolitan Opera New York - on July 18 at 1pm EDT. The concert will be broadcast live from the Polling Abbey, a beautiful baroque Abbey outside of Munich. Jonas Kaufmann will sing a program of classic arias such as “Nessun dorma” from Turandot, “E lucevan le stelle” from Tosca or “Ah! lève-toi, soleil” from Roméo et Juliette, accompanied by Helmut Deutsch.
Met Stars Live in Concert will be without audience. Please do not make your way to the Polling Abbey in hopes of attending the closed concert.
Tickets for viewing the recital online are $20, and will be available for purchase on the Met’s website beginning Tuesday, July 14, at 6pm CET. The performance will remain available for on-demand viewing for 12 days, and can be viewed on your computer, mobile device, or home entertainment system (via Chromecast or AirPlay).
After a four-month break due to the covid-crisis, Jonas Kaufmann finally was allowed back on stage for two concerts:
On June 29 Jonas Kaufmann performed Gustav Mahler's 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' for the 13th Monday Concert with Kirill Petrenko.This concert was also the final performance of a very unusual season of the Bayerische Staatsoper.
Le Grand Théâtre de Genève
The Monday Concert was followed by a recital on July 2nd at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. Jonas Kaufmann performed 'Die schöne Müllerin' by Schubert accompanied by Helmut Deutsch infront of an audience of 800 people.
Photo: Christine Cerletti
"Moins d’insolence dans la facilité technique, plus de subtilité dans le soin porté au détail et surtout une humanité arrondie par les années: l’éclat du timbre fait aujourd’hui place à un chant mûri." - Sylvie Bonier, Le Temps
It's finally out: The new full studio recording of Verdi's thrilling opera 'Otello' with Jonas Kaufmann, Federica Lombardi and Carlos Alvarez in the leading roles and Antonio Pappano conducting the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. "Otello is simply a piece that places supreme demands on the emotions from beginning to end", says Jonas Kaufmann. "But once you have your voice and feelings under control, it's fantastic to sing." Here is a video about his long journey to Otello:
The tour "Christmas with Jonas Kaufmann" in December 2020 has not been cancelled or postponed, contrary to what some media outlets have stated. Needless to say, the promoters will continue to monitor the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensueing restrictions or bans in regards to public concerts closely. You will be informed as soon as there are any new developments.
The release of the full studio recording of Verdi’s masterpiece opera "Otello" with Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, has now been announced for June 12 by Sony Classical. On the new recording soprano Federica Lombardi sings her role debut as Desdemona and baritone Carlos Álvarez takes the role of Jago.
You can now listen to Otello's great first entrance “Esultate!” or pre-order the album.
Opera Now is graciously offering exclusive free access to its May/June issue until May 11, so followers can have a look at the cover story! The magazine also offers a chance to win a copy of Jonas' forthcoming studio recording of Otello.
Almost eighty years ago, in the abyss of the deadliest war in history and under the « Blitz », in a London that had become the last bastion of hope for free mankind, the great Winston Churchill, when asked to cut funding for the Arts to support the war effort, responded with an incomparable panache « Then what would we be fighting for? ».
We, artists, humbly invite those for whom this answer is an immeasurable and intangible truth, to sign this petition, in order to express their support for the idea of a society where beauty and culture must not disappear and of a Europe which is in duty to preserve the most beautiful legacy of its own civilization: Art.
At the time of confinement, the broadcasts, offered graciously by major theaters, but also by the participating artists -let us not forget it- are only an expedient versus the magnitude of the catastrophe represented by a serial cancellation, mostly without any compensation, for all artistic contracts. Obviously, the success that these broadcasts are meeting paradoxically attests to the public’s attachment to « living art ». This passionate public knows it, we live it: the lyric art is consubstantial with the « boards », our stages, that two millennia still have not worn, and the current digitalization, as it appears, is only a magnificent substitute for a fragile emotion. We artist are fragile, hence the world of Opera too.
Dear friends from all over Europe and the World, who share our musical brotherhood and appreciate the true value of what we bring every day to our society, know that your signature will be a fundamental support for the present and the future of the lyric world, but, beyond, to all the performing arts professions, now seriously threatened, whose activity so naturally permeates life, that everyone has even lost any consciousness of it. Support the artists, support an idea of Life that helps Life.
Jonas Kaufmann & Ludovic Tézier.
Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch performed Schumann's Dichterliebe op. 48 infront of an empty hall of the national theater. The evening was dedicated to the recently deceased Sir Peter Jonas who had been the director of the Bayerische Staatsoper from 1993 to 2006. The program also comprised Handel's Piangerò la sorte mia performed by Elsa Benoit and Donald Wages as well as Mozart's piano trio KV 493 performed by the Münchner Klaviertrio. The Monday concerts also try to support the independant artist scene by asking for donations.
The fourth Monday concert can be rewatched until May 6th on Staatsoper.tv.
How is such intimacy possible through the ether? It is almost impossible to describe, but those who on Monday were in front of their smooth, bright, spotless screens know what I'm talking about.
The remote encounter turned into a greater proximity and the atmosphere was filled with contemplative joy; a wish became true, with gratitude. We heard the ancient glow of a memory, revisited this time with depth and brought to life. There was also some pain for an art in its greatest expression thrown into the void, an apparent void: the room was the planet. It was a sweet, necessary pain.
Juan Antonio Muñoz H, El Mercurio, 27. April 2020
With its At-Home Gala the Metropalitan Opera New York will present its biggest virtual event as of yet on April 25. Forty of the world's most renowned artists will come to people around the world live from their own homes. The evening will be moderated by general manager Peter Gelb as well as music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin from their respective homes in New York and Montréal. The performance will beginn at 1PM (New York) / 7PM (Berlin/Paris).
„Wir spielen für Österreich“: April 19 at 8.15 PM on ORF III.
The Sommernachtskonzert of the Vienna Philharmonic was just postponed from May to September 18 2020. Jonas will sing arias by Jules Massenet, Giacomo Puccini and Emmerich Kálmán.
The open air concert infront of the Schloss Schönbrunn is for free.
The date is of course dependent on further developments and still requires final confirmation from the responsible institutions.
I am very sad to say that I will have to cancel tonight's performance of Fidelio at the Royal Opera House. I have been fighting an infection since before the opening night. Despite this I was able to sing the first performances, but today to my deepest regret I am not able to perform for you. My sincere apologies!
Jonas Kaufmann was made Honorary Doctor of Music at the Royal College of Music on March 3rd 2020. The honor was presented to him and Sir Antonio Pappano by the Prince of Wales in his role as president of the Royal College of Music.
Photos: Thomas Voigt
One of Jonas Kaufmann's first recordings, the opera "Ekkehard by Johann Joseph Abert (SWR / Capriccio 1998) was just rereleased.
"In this great historic opera that seems a bit like a score by Ambroise Thomas, he [Jonas Kaufmann] manages to make his character feel a bit like Lohengrin, with a tenor voice then much less somber than today. However, the romantic hero is there, juvenile and virile, but with that bit of dreamy fragility that makes him irresistible." - Laurent Bury, Forumopera
Unfortunately, I will have to cancel the concert at the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg on Saturday, January 18th 2020 due to illness. I am truly sorry! Tickets can be returned at the box office where they where bought. Please visit www.nuernbergmusik.de for further information.
In October 2019, the programme of the new album "Wien" was presented for the first time at the Wiener Konzerthaus and is now on a tour through Europe in January 2020. After a sold out premiere at the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich further concerts brought Jonas to Budapest, Stuttgart and Berlin. The tour will continue on to Nuremberg, Paris, Hamburg, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Lucerne and Baden-Baden. Jonas Kaufmann is accompanied by Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Munich, Stuttgart, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Baden-Baden) and Johanni van Oostrum (Nuremberg, Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Lucerne) as well as the Prague Philharmonia conducted by Jochen Rieder. The first part of the concert is dedicated to the wonderful compositions by Johann Strauß II, as Jonas sang many of his operettas at the beginning of his career. The second part is filled with evergreens by Robert Stolz, Emmerich Kálmán, Franz Léhar and Rudolf Sieczynski.
Photos: © Marcello Curto
Jonas Kaufmann will make quite a few appearances on German and Austrian TV shortly before christmas.
Starting off as a guest on Barbara Schöneberger and Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt's NDR Talk Show on December 13th at 10pm, he will then appear on DAS! on NDR on December 14th at 6:45pm.
Jonas Kaufmann accepted the Gold Award for his CD "You mean the world to me" in the NDR Talk Show in 2016
Photo: NDR / Uwe Ernst
The new concert film "Jonas Kaufmann - Mein Wien" by Wolfgang Wunderlich and Thomas Voigt will premiere on December 15th as part of "Erlebnis Bühne" in ORF III at 8:15pm. Afterwards the 2014 "You mean the world to me" concert from Berlin will be shown at 9:30pm.
"Jonas Kaufmann - Mein Wien" will also be aired on December 22nd at 5pm in Arte during a Vienna themed programme.
Photo: ORF / Hans Leitner
Photo: ORF/ORF III
On November 18th 2019, Jonas Kaufmann gave his role debut as Paul in Erich Wolfgang Korngolds opera "Die Tote Stadt at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The staging by Simon Stone originated in Basel and was rehearsed by the director Maria-Magdalena Kwaschik. The opera was conducted by non other than Kirill Petrenko and Marlis Petersen played the role of Marietta.
Photo: Marcello Curto
Jonas Kaufmann on his role debut in a BR Klassik interview (in German)
Press reviews "Die Tote Stadt"
Mr. Kaufmann, his shadowy tenor pained and passionate, responded with uncharacteristic fearlessness. He has always had a matinee-idol appearance, but now gave a movie-star performance to match. In remembering Marie, his Paul was visibly tormented, with a voice occasionally made ugly by melancholy; and in chasing Marietta he was foolish and crazed, throwing himself over furniture in what amounted to a cardio workout atop heldentenor high notes.
Josh Barone, The New York Times
Kaufmann is in his element, poignant and lyrical in Paul’s grief, but unstinting in heroic intensity. He has an ideal sparring partner in Marlis Petersen’s flirtatious, tigerish Marietta.
Neil Fisher, The Times
Paul's role is tailor-made for Jonas Kaufmann, on account of his vocal and expressive affinity.
Juan Antonio Muñoz, El Mercurio
Welch ekstatischer Abend; welche Kraft der vokalen, orchestralen, szenischen Verführung! Da schaukelte sich was auf – und zündete hernach im Auditorium. Es raste.
Rüdiger Heinze, Augsburger Allgemeine
Gestatten Sie, jenseits aller Musikkritiken immanenten Subjektivität, eine radikal subjektive Vorbemerkung: Die Produktion von Erich Wolfgang Korngolds Oper „Die tote Stadt“ an der Bayerischen Staatsoper München ist musikalisch die beste Aufführung, die der Autor dieser Zeilen seit langem gehört hat. Das liegt am Protagonisten, Jonas Kaufmann in der Rolle des trauernden Paul, der über den Tod seiner geliebten Marie nicht hinwegkommen kann.
Gert Korentschnig, Kurier
Jonas Kaufmann in der mörderischen Tenorpartie des trauernden Paul ist nahezu durchgängig in Hochform!
Joachim Lange, taz
Mehr Star-Power geht nicht: Tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Sopranistin Marlis Petersen und Dirigent Kirill Petrenko sorgten für Weltklasse-Glamour in der Bayerischen Staatsoper. (…)
Gleichwohl, es war natürlich musikalisch ein Ausnahme-Abend, wegen Tenor Jonas Kaufmann, aber auch wegen seiner Partnerin, der Sopranistin Marlis Petersen. Kaufmann schien von Anfang an beweisen zu wollen, dass diese Partie keiner so singen kann wie er - so dunkel getönt, so geschmeidig, so melancholisch, so raumfüllend, im solchen Weltklasseformat.
Trailer for "Die Tote Stadt"
On October 21st the new German e-learning platform Meet Your Master (MYM) was launched in a press conference at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. The platform was created by Heiner and Viktoria Lauterbach and offers online courses by singers, actors, directors and experts. Going by the motto "learn from the best", celebrities relay their knowledge and know-how to anyone who is interested in learning their craft.
In almost nine hours, Jonas Kaufmann's course delves into the craft of singing: how to discover one's voice, how to train and attend to it, what to watch out for when selecting repertoire and auditioning, etc. The course also contains the first video material of a master class Jonas Kaufmann gave for students in Munich. The online course is however in German.
New album release
On October 11th, Jonas Kaufmann’s new album ‚Wien‘ was released worldwide. The album is a collection of the most beautiful Viennese melodies from ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘Die Fledermaus’ , ‘Wiener Blut’ & many of the city’s unique songs like ‘Wien, Wien nur du allein’ & ‘Im Prater blühn wieder die Bäume’. Soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen joins on three duets and the album was recorded with the Vienna Philharmonics and conductor Ádám Fischer.
Premiere of the „Mein Wien“ tour at the Konzerthaus in Vienna
The tour „Mein Wien“, which portrays the album’s program, had its premiere at the Wiener Konzerthaus on Monday. Jonas Kaufmann was joined by Rachel Willis-Sørensen, the Prague Philharmonia and Jochen Rieder. After the concert, Jonas Kaufmann was award the "goldener Rathausmann" by the Viennese mayor Michael Ludwig.
Photo: Johannes Ehn
Press conference for the Wien-Album and photo book by Christine Cerletti and Thomas Voigt
On October 15th, Jonas was interviewed about his new album by the Austrian journalist Barbara Rett in the Brahmsaal of the Musikverein. In addition to talking about the album, the new photo book by Christine Cerletti and Thomas Voigt was presented. The photographs document the highlights in Jonas Kaufmann's career in the form of a “picture journey,” keeping track of the milestones in his life.
Photo: Johannes Ehn
The first track 'Im Prater blühn wieder die Bäume' from Jonas Kaufmann’s upcoming recording 'Wien' is now here to listen to! This album is his deeply personal tribute to Vienna and the beautiful melodies the city inspired including famous Operetta arias and duets (with soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen), as well as unique Viennese songs.
Photo: Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Classical
Press reviews for the concerts on August 8th and 11th at the Sydney Opera House as well as on August 13th in Melbourne:
"Andrea Chénier is a tenor vehicle, and there’s no tenor alive that sings the title role as splendidly as Jonas Kaufmann. His third appearance with the company after 2014’s operatic arias recital and 2017’s staggering Parsifal, it’s another fitting showcase for his manifold talents. Singing with thrilling power and burnished tone, the trumpet-like quality of his top paid dividends when it came to the score’s many climactic moments. But while Kaufmann easily commands the range and volume needed for the part, he’s an artist who has always demonstrated singing of great refinement as well. Without being mannered, his approach to phrasing is elegant and always thought out, while his seamless ability to move between pianissimo and full voice is rightly famed. He brought total conviction to the first act Improvviso, capturing the revolutionary poet’s youthful ardour, while the virility of attack in his defiance of the court in act three was simply electrifying."
Justine Nguyen, Limelight Magazine, 09.08.2019
Photo: Keith Saunders
"As the martyred poet Chenier, Jonas Kaufmann transforms the traditionally stertorous "spinto" tenor sound into a thing of wondrous handsomeness, modulating tone, vowel and colour with immaculate poise and musical intelligence. Chenier’s arias are more familiar as excerpts than the complete opera and Kaufmann imbued these fine-sounding words with a tone of humane and lofty heroism."
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 11.08.2019
Photo: Keith Saunders
"There’s something thrilling about seeing the world’s best in action. A person deemed the very top in their field, unrivalled by any other. It’s a position that brings enormous expectation and so often falls short of the imagined.
But sometimes a person comes along with a talent so rare, so undeniable, they can unite the public and critics alike across the globe. That’s Jonas Kaufmann. He’s it. A tenor of superlative musical intelligence, his instrument has a unique, burnished baritonal quality; it has depth, silky legato and immense power.
A moment occurred in Opera Australia’s concert performance of Giordano’s Andrea Chenier on Tuesday night, when the magnitude of what we were witnessing became fully apparent. In his Act I aria, the Improvviso, Kaufmann released his voice for a forte high B flat, which soared with grace and ease over the 70-plus musicians and enveloped the entire auditorium.
Then we knew: this repertoire, the whole world over, could not be sung any better."
Bridget Davies, The Age, 14.08.2019
Photo: Keith Saunders
Following his L'Opéra tour at the beginning of this year, Jonas Kaufmann performed the same repertoire at the Schlossfestspiele Regensburg for a sold out gala concert on July 18th. As in Munich, Hannover and the Waldbühne Berlin, he was joined by the Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili. They were accompanied by the Hofer Symphoniker and conducted by Jochen Rieder. Before the encores, Jonas Kaufmann announced that he would be donating part of his performance fee to the non-profit association Zuflucht Kultur. More information on the projects of this non-profit: Zuflucht Kultur
Photo: Rainer Fleischmann / Schlossfestspiele Regensburg
In celebration of his 50th birthday, Jonas Kaufmann will be seen in a few appearances in tv and in a cinema-transmission of "An Italian Night - Live from the Waldbühne".
"An Italian Night - Live from the Waldbühne" - July 10th 2019 in cinemas in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
"Oper - Das knallharte Geschäft" - June 29th 2019, 19:20, Documentary in 3-Sat
"Jonas Kaufmann: Ein Jahrhundert-Tenor" - July 7th 2019, 9:05, ORF 2
"Erlebnis Bühne mit Barbara Rett - Best of Jonas Kaufmann" - July 7th 2019, 20:15, ORF III
"Erlebnis Bühne mit Barbara Rett - Jonas Kaufmann - Starglanz in München" - July 7th 2019, 21:30, ORF III
On June 23rd, Rolex and the Teatro alla Scala assembled a sterling ensemble for the Rolex Ambassadors Gala in Milano. Jonas was joined by Sonya Yoncheva, Plácido Domingo, Juan Diego Flórez, Gustavo Dudamel, Yuja Wang and the Wiener Philharmoniker. Jonas sang "Rachel, quand du Seigneur" from Halévy's "La Juive", the duet "Già nella notte" from "Otello" and Kálmáns "Wenn es Abend wird“. The evening ended on a very light note with the encore "Libiamo ne'lieti calici" from La Traviata, where Sonya Yoncheva suddenly found herself accompanied by three Alfredos and conducted by two maestros.
You can watch to the performance on Medici TV for the entire next year.
Photos: Christine Cerletti
I am so very sorry not to have been able to come to Paris to sing Tosca for a public so very special to me. I had hoped to be able to return for at least some of the performances but my medical team has insisted that I extend my convalescence somewhat longer. I would never want to disappoint all the people who honor me by wishing to hear me, but unfortunately we singers are also athletes, and even a slight disturbance such as the one I have experienced can prevent us from performing at our best. Since it is of course only my best, which I would ever wish to present to the public in Paris, as well as everywhere else, I am unfortunately obliged to withdraw. I look forward to being back with you as soon as possible and thank you all again for your kindness, well-wishes and understanding.
Photos: Christine Cerletti
Jonas Kaufmann starring as Don José in Bizet's Carmen at the Staatsoper Hamburg in April.
This spring, Jonas Kaufmann can be heard at the Royal Opera House in a production of Verdis "La Forza del destino". Fans of the opera from around the world are very excited to be able to witness Kaufmann sharing the stage with his colleague Anna Netrebko for the first time since 2015. Conducted by Antonio Pappano and directed by Christof Loy, Kaufmann and Netrebko are joined by Ludovic Tézier, Ferruccio Furlanetto and Alessandro Corbelli (amongst others).
The performance on April 2nd will be broadcast in cinemas around the world.
Use this link, to find a cinema near your home.
Photos: Bill Cooper / Royal Opera House
"Nights at the opera like this come along once in a blue moon. [...] A notoriously slow starter, Kaufmann hit the ground running here, leaping through the window with swagger, launching into a full flow of bronzed tone."
Mark Pullinger, Bachtrack, 22.03.2019
"The central draw is the starry, comet-rare pairing of the soprano Anna Netrebko, 47, and the tenor Jonas Kaufmann, 49, the major singers of their generation. [...] And it feels like the meeting of two veterans at the top of their game, their chemistry comfortable and their combined effect galvanizing."
Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, 22.03.2019
For his Album "L'Opéra", which came out in September 2017, Jonas recorded a variety of different arias and scenes from French operas. This repertoire now takes him on a tour through Germany starting on February 7th in the Philharmonie in Berlin. He will be joined by mezzo-sopranos Kate Aldrich (Berlin, Frankfurt) and Anita Rachvelisvhili (Munich, Hanover) as well as the Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Jochen Rieder.
Photos: Marcello Curto
Jonas Kaufmann starts his tour of Gustav Mahler's 'Das Lied von der Erde' in the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich on Tuesday, January 8th 2019. The piece was composed for alto and tenor, however, Jonas will sing both roles himself. Further concerts bring him and the Sinfonieorchester Basel with conductor Jochen Rieder to the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg, to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, to Luzern, to the Goetheanum Dornach and to Baden-Baden.
Photos: Benno Hunziker
On December 17 Jonas Kaufmann received the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art. It is awarded to acknowledge and reward excellent and outstanding achievements in the field of science and art.
Photo: Bayerische Staatskanzlei
The preparations for Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper have begun. Jonas Kaufmann and the director Amélie Niermeyer talked about the new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello and other topics such as outsiders, foreigners and a thoroughly unsettling work for the most recent MAX JOSEPH Magazin.
For everyone who can't make it to Munich, Staatsoper TV will also offer a live-stream on December 2nd.
Photo: Bayerische Staatsoper / Wilfried Hösl
After more than 4 years, Jonas Kaufmann returns successfully to the MET in New York. Next to the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of the gun-slinging heroine Minnie, Jonas plays the Cowboy Dick Johnson in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
On October 27 the opera will also be shown live in cinemas around the world. An overview of all the screenings can be found here.
A video of the rehearsal of the production by Giancarlo del Monaco.
Jonas in an Interview with the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
“Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek seemed to feed off each other during the crucial scene in Act II when Johnson arrives at Minnie’s cabin for a humble meal. Tension stirs below the surface of the music as a blizzard builds outside and a posse of miners led by Jack Rance, the town sheriff (the husky-voiced baritone Zeljko Lucic), closes in. But the real tension came from the hints of attraction and emotional need that Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek conveyed, even while exchanging seemingly innocent phrases.” - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
“From his first entrance to his last exit alongside Westbroek, Kaufmann WAS Dick Johnson. He moved about with confident swagger of a cinematic cowboy, rubbing off insults with a vibrant smile. This made him more dangerous than acting like a stereotypical tough guy; it made him unpredictable and more complex. He carried himself with confidence and poise; he just looked dominant onstage.“ - David Salazar, OperaWire
“There is also a real horse.” - Barry Bassis, The Epoch Times
Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera
Jonas Kaufmann with Jochen Rieder and the Orchestra of St. Luke's at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
„Kaufmann, who was returning to the stage of Carnegie Hall for the third time this year, brought his sublime voice to the concert space albeit amplified.[…] he came into his own in “Du bist die Welt für mich,” his second selection caressing each phrase with gorgeous fil di voce phrasing. At the end of the aria, he began his note with a pianissimo sound crescendoing to a fortissimo, reminding us of the the tenor’s brilliant technical and musical gifts.“ Francisco Salazar, Operawire, Oct. 6th 2018
"Mr. Kaufmann’s vocal prowess was hardly in doubt. He continues to be one of the most sought-after tenors with the stamina and heft for Wagner and the ardent warmth for Italian opera.[…] With its dark shadings, his tenor sounds the way he looks — matinee idol features offset by designer stubble.[…]
In the transitions from full-bodied operatic singing to crooning, Mr. Kaufmann’s different levels of experience showed through. He was magnificent when he belted out “Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert” (“Friends, life is worth living”) from Lehar’s “Giuditta,” a proud and fiery aria.“ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times, Oct. 7th 2018
Photo: Chris Lee
Jonas Kaufmann adopted a Gibbon at Zoo Vienna Schönbrunn. Gibbons are apes, that famous for their incredible singing capabilities.
There are more pictures on Instagram.
For anyone who missed the concert at the Waldbühne or just wants to see it again, there are a few possiblities to do so.
The German TV channel 3Sat will show the concert on September 15th at 8.15 pm.
You can also see it in cinemas in the UK & Ireland on August 30th. In Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Romania & Latvia from August 30th, Denmark & Canada from Sept 1st. Australia & New Zealand from Sept 8th, Poland from Sept 18th, Spain from Sept 20th & France from Sept 21st.
More countries to be announced soon! Find cinemas near you: http://bit.ly/2HMtjB3
On September 28th the DVD & Blu-ray will be released and can already be pre-ordered at: http://smarturl.it/JK-AnItalianNight
Photo: Harald Hoffmann (c) Sony Music Entertainment
Munich, June 19 2018: As a prominent figure of the music industry, Jonas Kaufmann was awarded the insignia of officier de l’ordre des Arts et Lettres by Thomas Vautravers, director of the Institut Français Munich, in the name of the French Republic. In Germany the order recognizes celebrities who have significantly furthered and deepened the cultural affinity between Germany and France through their continuous efforts and talent.
Jonas Kaufmann performs Dio! Mi potevi scagliar from Giuseppe Verdi's Otello.
The clip is taken from the 2018 DVD/Blu-ray release.
Iago: Marco Vratogna
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Director: Keith Warner
A Royal Opera House Production. © 2017 Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment / Sony Classical.
Photo: Mark Allan
"The art of Jonas Kaufmann is that of an intimate expressive surrender; a song from the depth of his being, based on an absolute control of the emotional voltage, which he doses and administers with almost religious care. He has a supernatural ability to communicate in a confidential manner the subtleties of a musical language whose life is a melismatic journey through words and syllables involved in variations of tone, almost imperceptible accents and highly complex phrasing rhythms. A musical fabric that, in the case of the “Vier letzte Lieder”, deeply moves the listener. And a vocal test which is only possible for a master, due to the dense orchestration which puts to the test the central register and also the demanding score and the total control of the song line, an essential condition to achieve flow without losing the position through this undulating Straussian road."
Juan Antonio Muñoz Herrera, El Mercurio
"Although the Four Last Songs are more usually sung by a soprano, Kaufmann revealed just how well his tenor is suited to carrying them off. (...) The first two songs, ‘Frühling’ and ‘September’, saw single words such as ‘Gegenwart’ (the final word of the former) receive such exquisite attention that even alone they brought into play several facets to Kaufmann’s voice. The orchestra also contributed to the stunning performance by, for example, bringing impeccable balance to the foreboding opening to ‘Beim Schlafengehen’, and a beautiful sense of flow to its violin solo, courtesy of guest leader Igor Yuzefovich. ‘Im Abendrot’ then saw ‘nicht’ in ‘Dass wir uns nicht verirren’ given just a slight emphasis that spoke volumes, while even the final two words, ‘der Tod’, were given very different places in Kaufmann’s voice, thus epitomising how he explored each word to the very end."
"He was wonderful. He sang with artistry. He sang with heart. He made you feel as if you understood even more than the words, as if you understood worlds when mainly you were listening to a foreign tongue, written by a composer of 70 years before, writing from within a worldview that hardly now exists."
Don't miss the revival of Otto Schenk's production of "Andrea Chenier". The performance with Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Roberto Frontali in the leading roles and conducted by Marco Armiliato will be broadcasted via livestreaming and starts at 7pm. At 8:15pm the performance will also be shown on ORF 3.
Foto: Michael Pöhn / Wiener Staatsoper
"Tristan" Act 2 in concert: with Camilla Nylund, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphoy Orchestra (Boston Symphony Hall, April 5 2018, photo: Hilary Scott).
with Sondra Radvanovsky (Maddalena)
Jonas Kaufmann arriba, canta i triomfa amb la millor companyia
Kaufmann triunfa en el Liceu
Jonas Kaufmann arrasa
The new production of the original version of Verdi's "Don Carlos", directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski and conducted by Philippe Jordan, will be broadcasted on Thursday, October 19: live at 6pm in many cinemas (click here to see the list) and at 8:15pm on ARTE. The main roles are played by Jonas Kaufmann (Carlos), Sonya Yoncheva (Elisabeth), Ildar Abdrazakov (Philippe II), Ludovic Tézier (Rodrigue) und Elina Garanca (Eboli).
© Agathe Poupeney / OnP
Don't miss the "Kaufmann double bill" on BBC 4, starting on Sunday October 15 at 21:00 with John Bridcut's new documentary "Tenor for the ages" (90 MIn.), continued at 22:30 with the ROH's perforamnce of Verdi's "Otello", conducted by Antonio Pappano. More information about the documentary, including two trailers, you'll find on John Bridcut's website.
Jonas Kaufmann and Marco Vratogna (Iago) in the ROH's new production of "Otello". Photo: Catherine Ahmore
The long-awaited moment finally arrived on Wednesday: In front of a sold-out Royal Opera House here, Mr. Kaufmann made his debut in the part, and he calmly, confidently sang it for the ages. His sound inescapably evokes memories of live performances and classic recordings by Vinay, Vickers and other masters; in a single night he joined their company.
There are two sounds in this world that surpass all others in the feelings of exultation they can induce in the ear of a listener: the glorious smooth tenor voice of Jonas Kaufmann and the stunning power of Antonio Pappano conducting Verdi.
What Kaufmann offers is a supremely burnished baritonal tenor with a ringing, heroic top but capable of extraordinary lyrical beauty in more intimate scenes.
Kaufmann thrills in a dark, expressionistic staging
His ringing top notes blast out heroically, his love duet with Desdemona is sublimely beautiful and caressing, and his acting is sensationally vivid. The looks of shock and disbelief, the icy coolness, the tortured nobility… this is a gripping and heartbreaking portrayal of disintegration.
Le premier Otello triomphal de Jonas Kaufmann
Everyone will want to hear and see Jonas Kaufmann’s extraordinary “Othello”
Juan Antonio Muñoz H., El Mercurio
Opera fans from all over the world are looking forward to Jonas' role debut as Otello in London on June 21. His partners are Maria Agresta (Desdemona) and Marco Vratogna (Iago). The ROH's new production, directed by Keith Warner and conducted by Antonio Pappano, will be relayed live to cinemas as round the world on June 28. To find a cinema near you please click on this link.
Two performances of Munich's new production of "Andrea Chenier" with Jonas Kaufmann (Titelpartie), Anja Harteros (Maddalena) and Luca Salsi (Gérard) will be broadcasted live: the premiere (March 12) on BR Klassik, the third performance (March 18) on STAATSOPER.TV.
Luca Salsi (Carlo Gérard), Omer Meir Wellber (Conductor), Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier)
Helmut Deutsch and Jonas Kaufmann after the Reciatl; Photo Alastair Muir / Barbican
Jonas Kaufmann and Antonio Pappano after Act 1 of Wagners "Walküre": Photo Mark Allan
Photo Monika Rittershaus
Jonas enjoyed a great evening Wednesday night singing at the premiere of “Lohengrin” at the Opéra national de Paris. Here is a quick roundup of reviews so far:
This Friday 16 December Jonas Kaufmann will be a guest on the televised NDR Talk show with presenters Barbara Schöneberger and Hubertus Meyer-Burckhardt. Other guests will include Heike Makatsch, Oliver Berben, Ferdinand von Schirach, Alexander Herrmann, Victoria Swarovski, Jörg Knör, Elena Timpe and Samuel Koch. The talk show will be broadcast live on NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk TV) starting at 10pm on Friday night.
On ZDF on Friday October 28 2016, starting at 11:30pm CET: “Mein Italien", a combination of road movie, documentary and concert with Jonas Kaufmann. Ever since he first went on holiday there with his family, Italy has been “the land of longing” for Kaufmann. Anca-Monica Pandelea’s film documents Kaufmann’s special affinity with the Italian language, its way of life and its culture – and also, of course, its music. It is not, however, Verdi and Puccini who are central to the film but tenor hits from Enrico Caruso to Lucio Dalla. Accompanied by the Orchestra della RAI Torino under the direction of Jochen Rieder, Kaufmann sings popular numbers that include “Torna a Surriento”, “Cor ’ngrato”, “Mattinata”, “Parla più piano”, “Caruso” and “Il canto”. The music recordings were made in the Teatro Carignano in Turin, the film and the concert will be released on DVD later this year.
Dear Friends, I’m so sorry that my cancellations have been the source of a lot of disappointment and frustration over the past few weeks. Of course, I can understand the irritation of all those who had organized the expensive trips to come and listen to me. Unfortunately, the performance of a voice of singer cannot be guaranteed and sometimes a singer is facing events that require it to take a long rest. When I noticed that something was wrong with my voice, at first I thought it was a beginning of infection. The medical examination, however, has given a different result: the side effects of a medicine made burst a small blood vessel on my vocal cords. To avoid permanent damage, I have to stop singing until the haematoma has completely subsided. Thus, it is with a heavy heart that I must also cancel my representations of the Tales of Hoffmann in Paris. Concerning the recital in the TCE on October 13 we look for an alternate date. - All those who have sent me their wishes for a speedy recovery by Facebook and by e-mail I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart.
After highly acclaimed performances of "Tosca" in Munich Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel will join each other again on July 22 and 24, this time for the Opera Gala in Baden-Baden. They will share the stage with Ekaterina Gubanova (replacing Elina Garanca who had to cancel both concerts due to illness) and the Badischen Staatskapelle Karlsruhe conducted by Marco Armiliato. Broadcast dates are July 24 (ZDF) and August 13 (3Sat).
On Monday, May 16, starting at 4pm BR Klassik will broadcast the premiere of Wagners "Meistersinger" with Wolfgang Koch (Sachs), Markus Eiche (Beckmesser), Jonas Kaufmann (Stoltzing), Sara Jakubiak (Eva) and Benjamin Bruns (David) singing the main roles, the conductor is Kirill Petrenko,.
Photo: Wilfried Hösl
At a ceremony that took place today in the Bavarian State Chancellery on April 27th, Jonas Kaufmann has been awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. The award which which is given for outstanding achievements in the political, economic, cultural, intellectual and voluntary area, was handed by Bavarian State Premier Horst Seehofer.
Photo: Bayerische Staatskanzlei
It was the 586th performance of the old "Tosca" production at the Wiener Staatsoper - but with Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel in the leading roles it was a very special one. After "E lucevan le stelle" the applause was so enthuasiastic and enduring that Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Mikko Franck had to repeat the aria. Don't miss the live streaming of the next "Tosca" performance (same cast), Saturday April 16, starting at 7:30pm.
All the information contained in the article published in "La Nacion" on March 27th (“Jonas Kaufmann tiene un serio problema de salud”) is completely untrue.The writer is not well informed as Mr. Kaufmann just appeared in a solo all Puccini concert in Prague on March 16 which was acclaimed with standing ovations. He also did a private concert in Vienna on March 19 and appeared on March 21 as soloist with the Berlin Staatskapelle and Daniel Barenboim. Furthermore, Mr. Kaufmann is looking forward to appearing in all his engagements for April as well as all of his other future engagements.
Bruce Zemsky and Alan Green
Managers of Jonas Kaufmann
On December 18th Jonas Kaufmann received the Puccini Award which is presented annually by the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano. After the award ceremony which took place in the Aula Enrico Caruso in Torre del Lago, Kaufmann visited Puccini's Villa, guided by Simonetta Puccini, the composer's granddaughter.
Don't miss the cinema presentation of "La Damnation de Faust" from the Opéra Bastille in Paris with Jonas Kaufmann, Sophie Koch and Bryn Terfel. Here is the list of the cinemas in France, where you can watch the performance.
Jonas' new album “Nessun dorma” has just been nominated for a Grammy in the category of “Best Classical Solo Vocal Album”.
The new date for the concert in Mannheim is January 13, for Brussels May 1. The dates for Prague and Paris will be announced asap.
Jonas Kaufmann will be coming to cinemas worldwide this autumn with the concert film “Jonas Kaufmann - An Evening with Puccini”. Experience his triumphant concert filmed in June from Milan’s La Scala opera house, where the audience demanded no less than 40 minutes of encores and applause! Cinema audiences worldwide will experience this unforgettable event, and be treated to a revealing introduction to Puccini – the man, the musician, the superstar – narrated by Jonas and featuring rare archive footage. The film will be shown in German, Austrian & Swiss cinemas from October 8th, and all other countries from November 17th, except in North America where the film will launch there in January 2016. More details to follow.
To check participating German and Austrian cinemas (Swiss details coming soon) and secure tickets please go to http://jonaskaufmannpuccinifilm.com/de
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Dresden, October 2nd: on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the German reunification, the European Culture Awards 2015 will be presented in the Frauenkirche. Among the award winners are Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Daniel Hope, Manfred Krug, Katrin Sass and Felipe González, TV presenter Kai Pflaume will moderate the evening, the prizes will be presented by Kurt Biedenkopf, Daniel Barenboim, Simone Kermes, Nikolaus Bachler, Dominique Meyer and Charles Brauer. Jonas Kaufmann will sing "Recondita armonia" from Puccini's "Tosca". The Gala will be broadcasted by the MDR at 8:15pm CET.
After his highly acclaimed stage debut in "Aida" at the Bayerische Staatsoper opera lovers look forward to Warner's new studio recording of Verdi's opera under the baton of Antonio Pappanio which will be released on October 2nd. Kaufmanns partners are Anja Harteros (Aida), Ekaterina Semenschuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tézier (Amonasro) and Erwin Schrott (Ramphis). Here is the link to a video with Highlights from the recording sessions and interviews.
On September 12, Jonas Kaufmann will make his debut in the the celebrated ‘Last Night of the Proms concert’, televised live from London’s Royal Albert Hall. He will be singing a selection of Puccini arias, including ‘Nessun Dorma’ and will also be the first German to sing “Rule Britannia” in the history of ‘Last Night of the Proms’ performances. For Jonas’ British fans, be sure to tune into BBC TWO (1st half) and BBC One (2nd half) for the full concert. For International fans, we know so far that the concert will be broadcast live in Germany (NDR), Sweden (SVT), Norway (NRK), Denmark (DR), Belgium (RTBF), Australia (UKTV) and will also be cinecast in Canadian cinemas.
Salzburg's new production of "Fidelio", staged by Claus Guth and conducted by Franz Welser-Möst will be shown on August 13th on ORF 2 and on August 22nd on 3sat. The protagonists are Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Tomasz Konieczny (Pizarro) and Hans-Peter König (Rocco).
Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan).
Friday, July 31st: Don't miss the live screening / streaming of Puccinis "Manon Lescaut" from the Nationaltheater in Munich. The screening will take place on the Max-Joseph-Platz (in front of the Nationaltheater), the streaming at Staatsoper.TV. The protagonists are Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann, the event will be moderated by Thomas Gottschalk.
Kate Aldrich and Jonas Kaufmann in the new production of "Carmen" at the Festival Choregies d'Orange. The premiere is on July 8, the performance on July 11 will be broadcasted live on France 3, Culturebox and Medici TV (Foto Philippe Gromelle).
Saturday night live in Munich, Sunday night on TV: Open Air Concert with Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Thomas Hampson, Elena Zhidkova and Ildar Abdrazakov. Watch the interview with Jonas Kaufmann for BR-Klassik.
Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko at the press conference. Dmitri Hvorostovsky had to cancel the concert due to illness.
Conductor Jochen Rieder and Jonas Kaufmann.
Saturday, March 28: The new production of „Cavalleria rusticana“ and „Pagliacci“ staged by Philipp Stölzl and conducted by Christian Thielemann marks a double debut of Jonas Kaufmann, singing both Turiddu und Canio. „Cavalleria“ will be shown on TV on Easter Monday, April 6 (ORF at 22:00 h / ZDF at 23:15 h), both operas on April 11 at 20:15 h on 3sat.
Jonas Kaufmann (Canio), Foto SN/APA
"Over the past two decades the number of studio recordings produced by the world’s biggest record labels of grand operas has dwindled. However a new studio recording of Verdi’s epic masterpiece Aida being produced by Warner Classics and featuring an all star cast proves that the tradition of recording large scale operatic works in the studio is still alive. What’s more, the new recording, due for release in October this year, will boast an authentically Italian provenance with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano at the helm." Read more in "Limelight".
Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros and Antonio Pappano during the concert performance of
Verdi's "Aida" (Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, February 27th).
The new production of Giordanos "Andrea Chenier", starring Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek und Željko Lučić, will be relayed live to cinemas across the world at 7:15pm BST on 29 January. The performance on 31 January will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 at 7.15pm.
"This is a star vehicle for the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann and he drives it superbly well. Whether it's thundering out Chenier's early declaration of idealism (…) or eking out the deparate passion of his farewell verses, Kaufmann sings with thrilling power, burnished tone and ringing top notes. That he is probably the best thing which has happened to breeches since Colin Firth's Mr Darcy doesn't hurt either."
“…when Kaufmann launches into his opening aria it’s as though the sun has come out: with his convincingly heroic presence, and the sheer beauty of his singing, he simply brings the house down. And so he does when he sings his dream of love, when he wrestles with his soul, and when he takes his leave of life: each aria is perfection incarnate.”
"Kaufmann is performing the title role for the first time, and it’s hard to imagine him bettered. His striking looks make him very much the Romantic and romanticised outsider of Giordano’s vision. His voice, with its dark, liquid tone, soars through the music with refined ease and intensity: all those grand declarations of passion, whether politicalRead more
Foto (c) Wilfried Hösl
"Kristine Opolais als Manon und Jonas Kaufmann in der Rolle ihres Geliebten Des Grieux - beide in stimmlicher Bestform - wurden vom Publikum stürmisch gefeiert, ebenso Dirigent Alain Altinoglu."
Focus / dpa
"Phänomenal ist Jonas Kaufmann als Des Grieux. Sein baritonales Timbre, seine Gestaltungskraft, seine Phrasierungskunst, seine fabelhafte Höhe – all das passt perfekt zu dieser anspruchsvollen Rolle. Der Tenor mit Stammhaus München ist gerade dabei, mit so gut wie all seinen Partien Interpretationsgeschichte mitzuschreiben."
"Jonas Kaufmann ist als des Grieux ein geradezu manisch Liebender, dessen vokale Reserven an diesem Abend unerschöpflich sind. Seine baritonale Farbe, seine enorme Strahlkraft, sein auch in der dramatischen Höhe immer noch runder Stimmklang geben den Emotionen Richtung und Intensität."
"... im Ringen, im Flehen, im Enthusiasmus und in der Verzweiflung Des Grieuxs eine derzeit konkurrenzlose Idealbesetzung."
Munich, November 15th 2014: the Opening Night of "Manon Lescaut" with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann will be broadcasted by BR-Klassik (from 7 to 10 pm CET).
"Du bist die Welt für mich" - after the recordings sessions Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Kleiter, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and conductor Jochen Rieder presented those evergreens from the late Twenties and early Thirties in a concert in Berlin's legendary Funkhaus Nalepastraße. Together with the TV documenary "Berlin 1930" by Thomas Voigt and Wolfgang Wunderlich the concert is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
On “Du bist die Welt für mich” Jonas Kaufmann performs glorious tunes from Berlin’s legendary heyday, accompanied by Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conducted by Jochen Rieder. The album is released as limited first edition with bonus DVD, on vinyl LP and standard CD, as well as Super-Deluxe Box Set.
It has been officially announced that Jonas Kaufmann has won an ECHO KLASSIK award for his Verdi Album in the category "Solo recording of the year / Vocal". The Award ceremony will take place on October 26th in the Philharmonie in Munich.
Here are some excerpts from reviews:
"Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann is the type of man your mother warned you about. His rock star looks are equal parts Antonio Banderas, George Clooney and Eric Bana – he has the Spaniard’s gaze, Clooney’s statesman-like poise and is an incredible Hulk in the high notes department. With a face that has graced Vogue, this tenor is the opera world’s closest thing to a Hollywood heartthrob. …. For much of his Australian audience, who have never heard him live, the collective question hangs in the air: will Kaufmann be as good as he is on YouTube? Puccini’s 'Recondita Armonia' from 'Tosca' breaks the ice and after its final note the audience applaud in rapture, realising he is everything we have heard about and more."
Jermaine Chau, The Guardian
"Kaufmann’s tenor voice is transparently clear with honeyed tone and the most beautifully burnished finish. It is neither craggy nor over-light, neither overly dark nor meretricious, neither unduly pinched nor stentorian. It sits in the ideal centre of these extremes with impeccable smoothness. Yet there is much more to his art than the superb sound. …. He moulds the lines into shapes thatRead more
Jonathan Kent’s new production of Puccini’s "Manon Lescaut", starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann, will be relayed live to cinemas across the world at 7pm BST on 24 June. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July at 6.45pm.
From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.
Foto Bill Cooper / ROH
The great German tenor was in magnificent voice, somehow managing to sound heroic and vulnerable at the same time, and looked every inch the young blade whose impulsive fling turns into something deeper. His Des Grieux broke the heart, a man so wretchedly beset by love and so desperate to rescue his beloved from her demons.
Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.
Kaufmann wird in britischen Medien unterdessen als „Superstar“ der Opernwelt gefeiert. Covent Gardens Musikdirektor Antonio Pappano, der am Dienstagabend dirigierte, verglich den Deutschen kürzlich mit Opernstar Plácido Domingo. Das betreffe Stimme, Sprachtalent und schauspielerische Fähigkeit. „Es gibtRead more
„... currently the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera. …. To be a great Werther, a tenor must somehow be charismatic yet detached, vocally impassioned yet ethereal. Mr. Kaufmann is ideal in the role. He sings with dark colorings, melting warmth, virile intensity and powerful top notes. There is a trademark dusky covering to his sound that lends a veiled quality to Mr. Kaufmann’s Werther and suits the psychology of the character.”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
(c) Ken Howard
„…the greatest tenor of today: Jonas Kaufmann. … Every leaf in the woods glowed as Kaufmann looked around and sang with that velvety tone that is his alone. … the impressive French mezzoRead more
If he wanted to, Jonas Kaufmann could easily fill his calendar with Verdi and Wagner, Puccini and Massenet, but, however much he loves opera, he cannot live without lieder. For the German tenor, interpreting the classical lieder repertory is “the haute école of singing”. It demands far more detailed work than any other vocal discipline, more colour, more nuances, a greater range of dynamics and a more subtle approach to the music and words.Read more
The critics of "Limelight" have selected last year's top 40 classical releases. And the winner is... Jonas Kaufmann's Wagner Album!
Bei der Uraufführung 1910 an der Met hatte Enrico Caruso den Johnson gespielt, und schöner als Kaufmann kann auch er nicht gesungen haben.
Jonas Kaufmann feiert in seiner ersten Staatsopernpremiere mit prachtvollem, männlichem Bronze-Timbre, glutvollen Macho-Tönen und viel Sinn für lyrische Piano-Feinheiten ein fulminantes Debüt als Edelbandit Dick Johnson.
Ernst Naredi-Rainer, Kleine Zeitung
Jonas Kaufmann ist ebenso eine Idealbesetzung: Er gibt den Dick Johnson kraftvoll, mit seinem atemberaubend schönen baritonalenRead more
Don’t miss Jonas Kaufmann receiving his award for Singer of the Year at the Echo Klassik Preis this Sunday 6 October. Broadcast from 8pm onwards, Jonas will also perform an aria from his new Verdi album.
It was with Verdi that he made his international breakthrough in 2006, when he sang Alfredo Germont in La traviata at the Met. And for Jonas Kaufmann the Verdi bicentenary in 2013 is inevitably dominated by performances of works by the great Italian opera composer, with three productions of Don Carlo (in London, Milan and Salzburg), two role débuts in Il trovatore and La forza del destino and his first album devoted to Verdi. The new CD features thirteen highlights, of which eleven were firsts for Kaufmann: on stage he had so far sung only the tenor favourite “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto and the duet with theRead more
München, 8th July 2013: On the stage of the Bayerische Staatsoper after the performance of Verdi’s "Il Trovatore" Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch State minister for science, research and arts and Intendant Nikolaus Bachler awarded Jonas Kaufmann the title of Bayerischer Kammersänger.
Munich, July 3rd 2013: Between two performances of "Il Trovatore" Jonas Kaufmann replaced the indisposed Klaus Florian Vogt in “Lohengrin” at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munchen.
Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin) and Annette Dasch (Elsa). Photo (c) Wilfried Hösl / Bayerische Staatsoper
The new „Trovatore“ production, which opens on the 27th of June the Bayerische Staatsoper summer opera festival is currently among the hottest tickets in town; the performances have been sold out for months. Good news for all those who didn’t get a ticket! There are two ways you can „be there“ live: The opening night on the 27th of June is broadcast live on BR-Klassik radio at 7pm CET and the performance on the 5th of July will be streamed live on the Bayerische Staatsoper website.
For his commitment to bringing classical music closer to children and youngsters Jonas Kaufmann has been awarded the "Engagement Prize" by the Stiftung „Bündnis für Kinder“. The ceremony took place on the 25th of June in the Hubertushall of Schloss Nymphenburg. State minister Christine Haderthauer attended the ceremony and the Intendant of the Bayerische Staatsoper Nikolaus Bachler handed the prize to Kaufmann.
In front of countless spectators Christian Thielemann, Jonas Kaufmann and the Staatskapelle Dresden celebrated Richard Wagner’s 200th birthday with a concert at the Semperoper Dresden. This was broadcast live in full on arte Live Web and had been available online for a couple of days.The excerpts from the concert (43 min.) which have been shown on arte TV on May 26th are still available to view online.
Wagner in der Semperoper: Jonas Kaufmann und Christian Thielemann.
Foto (c) Matthias Creutziger
Hamburg, 12th May 2013: On the occasion of the Hamburg Haven -Day the „Traumschiff“ („Dreamboat“) Germany hosted the first edition of the „Die Goldene Deutschland“ (“Golden Germany”) Awards. Among others, José Carreras, Jonas Kaufmann as well as the bestselling author Rosamunde Pilcher have been honoured for their special contributions to culture and audiences’ entertainmentRead more
Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. Foto: Catherine Ashmore
"For this revival of Nicholas Hytner’s 2008 production, the Royal Opera House has assembled an outstanding cast. The title role is one of many which Jonas Kaufmann seems born to sing, and his ideal combination of grandeur and vulnerability bodes well for his future Otello; his soft, lyrical singing is a wonder to hear, and his acting is utterly convincing, whether portraying this troubled character’s neuroses or avowing eternal love and friendship."
Melanie Eskenazi, MusicOMH
"First, there is Jonas Kaufmann in this title role. The voice of this German tenor is one of the wonders of the modern world. Combining a wondrously mellow tone with huge, apparentlyRead more
The day after his Verdi & Wagner concert in the Royal Festival Hall Jonas Kaufmann has won best male singer and the reader's award at the inaugural International Opera Awards. The reader's award was voted for by readers of Opera Magazine. Best female singer went to Nina Stemme, best conductor to Antonio Pappano, best director to Dmitri Tcherniakov, Lifetime achievement to Sir George Christie.
Saturday, March 2 at 12 pm ET: See the Met's new production of "Parsifal" in the cinema of your hometown - live in HD. Choose your location to be directed to the movie theater partner site for information, performance start times, and ticket availability.
Jonas Kaufmann / Parsifal. Foto (c) Metropolitan Opera
After his concert in Phoenix, Arizona Governor Janice Kay (“Jan”) Brewer proclaimed February 24 as Jonas Kaufmann Day as did the Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton and the city council in a separate proclamations. The awards were given to him during the performance.
Kaufmann's live recording of the Petersburg „Walküre“ is No. 5 in the UK Classical Charts, his Wagner album No 1.
„One of the year's landmark classical recordings”
Andy Gill, Independent
“As the joke goes, I wish I could jack up the scorecard and give this CD an ‘11-11’.”
Robert Levine, classicstoday
“No Wagner tenor sings Lieder with such musicianship, colour and sensitivity. With this glorious disc, Kaufmann sets a standard for our time.”
Hugh Canning, The Sunday Times
“’A voice as soft as wild honey dripping from a tree’– Kipling describing Bagheera, the black panther in The Jungle Book; it could equally be applied to Kaufmann, whose baritonal timbre and almost smoky half tones make his Siegmund intensely masculine.
Mark Pullinger, opera britannia
“Much of the attention this release gets will focus on Jonas Kaufmann’s Siegmund, and rightly so because he is a marvel. He is now at the point of his career where his voice is perfect for the role of the Wälsung hero. … If the rest of the WagnerRead more
Foto (c) Metropolitan Opera
“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.”
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
“Kaufmann is astonishing as Parsifal, singing effortlessly and with the radiant tone so rare in Wagner tenors.”
Manuela Hoelterhoff, Bloomberg News
“Vocally, he rises to the stirring climaxes in Act 2 with his customary thrilling tone, then seems to deliberately hold back inRead more
The 55th Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles crowned the new iMet "Ring“-production (DG, 8 DVDs / 5 Blu-ray Discs) as best opera recording of the year. The much debated Robert LepageRead more
The15th of February sees not only the Met Premiere of "Parsifal“ but also the release of Jonas Kaufmann’s much anticipated Wagner CD. Alongside excerpts of „Tannhäuser“, „Siegfried“, „Walküre“, „Meistersinger“ and „Rienzi“ the CD contains the two-verse original version of the Grail narration from „Lohengrin“ as well as the Wesendonck Songs. Further two Wagner recordings with Jonas Kaufmann have also been recentlyRead more
“In the title role, Jonas Kaufmann was in a class of his own, totally involved and giving a masterclass of daringly varied, sometimes mannered, vocal technique.”
Martin Kettle, The Guardian
„Kaufmann ist überhaupt der Star der Aufführung: Sein Tenor mit baritonalem Timbre, exzellenter Höhe und leichter Italianità auch bei Wagner-Rollen ist perfekt für den Lohengrin.“
Gert Korentschnig, Kurier
„In Kaufmann, il cavaliere, la recitazione è in perfetto accordo con il disegno vocale. Da un punto di vista tecnico Kaufmann è qualcosa di unico: controlla l'emissione illuminando o ombreggiando ogni parola, ogni frase. Con i pianissimi, le messeRead more
With another 7th of December approaching the Teatro alla Scala in Milano has opened another season, this time with a new production of Wagner’s Lohengrin, directed by Claus Guth and conducted by Daniel Barenboim. The first night has been broadcast live on RAI 5 and Arte / ZDF. The cast: Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin), Annette Dasch (Elsa), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Tomas Tomasson (Telramund), Rene Pape (König Heinrich) and Zeljko Lucic (Heerrufer).
Fight scene act 1: Evelyn Herlitzius, Tomas Tomasson and Jonas Kaufmann. Photo (C) Monika Rittershaus
Bavaria’s cabinet minister for Europe, Emilia Müller awarded Jonas Kaufmann the “Bayerische Europamedaille” in a ceremony which took place on the 8th of October in the Prinz-Carl-Palais in Munich. The medal is awarded since 1990 in recognition of services rendered in promoting the reputation of Bavaria in Europe as well as promoting the European integration and collaboration in Bavaria.
Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel as the leads and Antonio Pappano conducting – the two performances of “Tosca” at the Royal Opera House in July 2011 were by far the hottest tickets in town. For all who weren’t lucky enough to be there it has been captured on DVD and Blu-ray, released by EMI on October 12th.
Already seen by over a million people in the theatre and at cinemas around the globe, the Met Ring was filmed live in high definition and is now being released on both DVD and Blu-ray to launch Deutsche Grammophon’s celebration of the composer’s bicentenary year in 2013. James Levine, the Met’s longstanding Music Director, who has conducted 21 complete Ring cycles at the Met; and Fabio Luisi, the Met’s Italian-born Principal Conductor, who took over conducting the second half of the cycle after illnessRead more
After having premiered at the Salzburg Easterfestival and been heard in concert versions at the Berlin Philarmonie, this summer Simon Rattle’s “Carmen” production is back at the Salzburger Festspiele with Magdalena Kozena, Jonas Kaufmann, Genia Kühmeier and Kostas Smoriginas leading the cast. The recording, made in Berlin in April will be released by EMI on the 24th of August. Exclusively in Salzburg it is already available from the 15th of August.
Salzburg, 4th of August, 7:50pm – ten minutes before the start of Puccini’s „La Bohème“. Emergency call from the office of the Salzburger Festspiele: Piotr Beczala has fallen ill, is unable to sing Rodolfo and has just cancelled for tonight. How on earth to find a replacement within the next hour, who could save the sold out performance? Last hope: Jonas Kaufmann! In spite of having theRead more
„Ideally cast“, „dream-debut“, „magnificent in sound and intensity“, „spectacular“, „virile, brooding and in magnificent voice“, „vocal testosterone“, „technically perfect, with impeccable diction and wonderful phrasing – Jonas Kaufmann’s sovereign performance as Bacchus in the new production of ‘Ariadne auf Naxos’ at theRead more
The Nationaltheater of the Bayerische Staatsoper is updating its seats. The old seats are being sold off and anyone can sponsor one of the new seats. Margarete and Jonas Kaufmann are some of the first sponsors for this BSO project. More information in the press release of the BSO.
The Winners of the ECHO KLASSIK Award 2012 have been announced. “Opera Recording of the year (19th Century)” is Beethovens “Fidelio” with Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann, conducted by Claudio Abbado (Decca).
After first rehearsals for the new production of "Ariadne" in Salzburg I'm looking forward to my open air concert in Linz on Saturday evening.
before any more speculation and rumors get into circulation, I would like to inform you today that my forced break is as good as over. According to the results of my latest medical examinations, I am now well on the way to recovery, and so I will be able to resume my activities from the beginning of July. I am looking forward to the concerts in Linz and Munich, as well as the rehearsals andRead more
After my appearance at the Champions League Final on Saturday night, it appears that some people were very surprised: how could I cancel several performances and concerts due to illness but still sing at the CLF? To avoid any further misunderstandings: I did not sing, but rather lip-synched to a pre‑recorded tape. Had the promoters insisted on my singing live there, of course I would haveRead more
I am very sorry that due to illness I had to cancel the Met performances of "Die Walküre" and the Galas in Zürich. Thank you for all your good wishes, and I look forward to singing for you again soon.
Last December in New York Jonas Kaufmann received the Gerda Lissner Foundation Charity prize. The prize, in amount of 5.000 Dollar, is awarded yearly to an internationally renowned singer who in turn dedicates it to a social or artistic project of his choice. Kaufmann has donated the prize to the BSO's Children's andRead more
Several clips from the live- streamed performance of "Don Carlo" (January 22nd) have been published on YouTube by the Bayerische Staatsoper, including the complete final scene.
Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) and Jonas Kaufmann (Carlo) in Verdis "Don Carlo", Bayerische Staatsoper München. Photo (C) Wilfried Hösl
Jubel, Bravogeschrei und Getrampel vor allem für Kaufmann und die Harteros … Die beiden Sänger haben schon in Lohengrin wunderbar mit einander harmoniert und sie boten auch diesmal Musiktheater in Vollendung.
Georg Freund, Der Neue Merker, 16.1.2012
Er sang die Titelrolle nicht als Tenor in Opernpose, sondern war bemüht, die charakterliche Labilität des Infanten aufzuzeigen, der mal bebend vor Angst zu Ebolis Füßen kauert, mal heldenmutig
due to a bad cold I’m forced to cancel the New Year’s Eve Concert in Baden-Baden. I’m very sorry that I don’t have better news for you, all the more I wish you a Happy New Year!
New York, December 5th 2011: Musical America hosted its Artist of the Year Awards. Vocalist of the year is Jonas Kaufmann, who acknowledged the award as a sign that his vocal versatility is not only accepted but welcome in the States. “Now, I am not stuck in a corner as a ‘heldentenor’ or a ‘light Italian’ voice. I am having fun. I feel like I am in a dream, as if I’m entering another dimension. I hope to sit on this cloud for quite awhile.”
On December 10th the new production of Gounods „Faust“ had been transmitted live in HD to cinemas all over the world. To watch video clips from the dress rehearsal (November 25th) please click on the text marked in blue.
Jonas Kaufmann enacted the protagonist’s plight sensitively, shading the line with heroic ardour and exquisite finesse, as needed. He sculpted long pianissimo phrases that took our breath away, if not his.
Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times
Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar who recently performed a rare song recital on the Met stage, was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.
Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Jonas Kaufmann's darkly burnished tenor encompassed both the dramatic intensity and exquisite lyricism required of Faust. "Salut! demeure," his apostrophe to Marguerite's house, was a marvel
During the past 30 years only few singers had the privilege to sing a solo recital at the Metropolitan Opera. Those were, according to the MetOpera Database, Renata Scotto, Christa Ludwig and Marilyn Horne (1983), Martti Talvela and Kiri Te Kanawa (1984), Margaret Price (1987), Joan Sutherland (1989) and Luciano Pavarotti (1994). Last Sunday Jonas Kaufmann joined those happy few: with Helmut Deutsch, his partner at the piano, he presented a program of songs by Liszt, Mahler, Strauss and Duparc "that held a near-capacity crowd spellbound for more than two hours." (Mike Silverman, The Associated Press, 31 Oct. 2011).
On the NEWS side you will find our little film (15 Minutes) which presents some highlights from the new Lied Recital, which Helmut Deutsch and I performed on July 26th in the Nationaltheater in Munich: Songs from Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Henri Duparc and Richard Strauss. Between the songs you’ll hear some statements from Helmut and me. We hope that you like the newRead more
London, October 6th 2011: In the category "recital" Jonas Kaufmann's album with Verismo Arias got a Gramophone Classical Music Award 2011. "The reason people will buy it is simply this - a great singing actor at his peak, singing very, very well", reads the statement of the editors of "Gramophone".
New York, April 22, 2011. Jonas Kaufmann’s role début in the new production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” at the Metropolitan Opera was greeted with equal enthusiasm from press and public.
“The audience fell in love with the new Met Siegmund, Mr. Kaufmann, who proved his Wagnerian prowess last summer as Lohengrin at Bayreuth. Handsome and limber, he looked like a young demigod ...Read more
New York, April 17, 2011: At a gala dinner held in New York’s legendary Plaza Hotel, Jonas Kaufmann was singled out for the coveted “Opera News Award”. With this award, the editors of OPERA NEWS magazine regularly pay honor to extraordinary accomplishments in the operatic field.
Senior Editor Louise T. Guinther justified the award by saying: "Jonas Kaufmann has seduced opera audiences the world over with a uniquely plaintive timbre, a lieder-singer's interpretive subtlety and the depth and range of his dramatic portrayals. His intensity and intelligence, his suppleness of voice and body, combined with innate musicality and smoldering good looks, make him the model of the 21st-century opera star."Read more
What tenor doesn’t dream of one day singing the big “hits” from the verismo era, thrilling pieces like “Ridi, Pagliaccio” (“Laugh, Pagliaccio!”) or Turiddu’s farewell to his mother from “Cavalleria rusticana”. I remember when I was a student, I used to think to myself: “Man, it must be awesome to be able to sing that stuff!” And it is. The recording sessions for my verismo album took place in Rome in May of 2010, and they were among the most beautiful experiences of the past season. With Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia taking part, the whole project was under a lucky star right from the outset. It didn’t seem like hard work to us; we just had fun putting it all together.Read more