Bavarian State Department Award

Munich, September 30, 2022. During a ceremony at the Maximilianeum, the President of the Bavarian State Parliament, Ilse Aigner, awarded the Bayerischer Verfassungsorden to Jonas Kaufmann. In her laudatory speech for the artist, Ilse Aigner said: “Your voice gets under the skin. For many years you have been one of the top stars of the opera world, enchanting music lovers in countries all over the world with your singing and stage presence. You have been successful in Milan, Zurich, at the Vienna State Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden

in London and at the Salzburg Festival. However, your name is inseparably linked with the Nationaltheater in Munich. Here, you have embodied numerous prominent roles. You are a true Bavarian. And as such, you make a great contribution to cultural life in the Freistaat. You have shaped the profile of the Bavarian State Opera for many years. You are a musically accomplished as well as a charming artistic ambassador of Bavaria all over the world.”

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