Verdi & Verismo – the concert tour

Jonas Kaufmann
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Jochen Rieder

Wednesday May 3, 8pm
Isarphilharmonie München

Saturday May 6, 8pm
Philharmonie Essen

Friday May 12, 7:30pm
Laeiszhalle Hamburg

Monday May 15, 7:30pm
Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

Thursday May 18, 7pm
Liederhalle Stuttgart

Sunday May 21, 8pm
Alte Oper Frankfurt


Giuseppe Verdi

„Se quel guerrier io fossi! … Celeste Aida“

Luisa Miller
„Oh! fede negar potessi … Quando le sere al placido

Un ballo in maschera
„Forse la soglia affinse … Ma se m’è forza perderti

„Dio! mi potevi scagliar tutti i mali“


Ruggero Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci
„Si può? Si può? Signore! Signori!”
„Recitar! … Vesti la giubba

Umberto Giordano: Fedora

Francesco Cilea: L’Arlesiana
„È la solita storia del pastore

Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
„Mamma! Quel vino è generoso“

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Underlying cause found

For several months, I have been struggling with coughing and excessive mucus during my performances. This viscous secretion led to increased irritation when singing and to fatigue of the respiratory muscles. Various attempts to solve this issue were unfortunately unsuccessful, resulting in being repeatedly forced to cancel opera performances and concerts. Last week, I was diagnosed with a multi-resistant germ infection, and prescribed a high dosage of antibiotics with the corresponding possible side effects. The first concert after I started taking antibiotics (Waldbühne Berlin) went surprisingly well, but since Monday the side effects, which were initially only mild, have increased so much so that I’m not able to sing. Therefore, it will unfortunately not be possible for me to perform for the duration of the treatment, and so it is with a heavy heart that I have to cancel the performances in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Regensburg. Although I am very disappointed, I am glad to have finally found the cause of this persistent issue, and now I only have to give my body the necessary rest to cope with this infection, in order to be completely healthy again.

Update from 24 July:
As I had very much hoped to be able to sing the recital on Tuesday, I met with Helmut Deutsch yesterday to go over our programme. Unfortunately, I came to the realization that I am not yet able to sing for an entire evening. The voice is fine, but I feel that my body has not yet recovered from the strong after-effects of the antibiotics and still needs rest. Therefore, unfortunately, I have no choice but to postpone the recital until next year.
Jonas Kaufmann