Doppelgänger

The world premiere of Doppelganger in New York’s Park Avenue Armory – a staged version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch and directed by Claus Guth – has been enthusiastically received by public and press. Here are some voices:

’Doppelganger’ is awesome experimental theater on a grand scale … There’s really nothing like it in New York right now.”
Theatermania

“a rare treat … the theatrical ingenuity and visceral force was so strong that the audience let out an audible gasp of shock”
New York Times

“Park Avenue Armory once again confirms that its Wade Thompson Drill Hall is the most sensational performance space in New York City with the world premiere of Claus Guth’s bold and breathtaking Doppelganger … Kaufmann is in terrific voice.”
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Photo (c) Monika Rittershaus

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The review in the web forum Klassik begeistert reads: "Kaufmann showed again this evening that he at the top in his field. The role - Britten once wrote it for his partner Peter Pears - is demanding and vocally in

the Heldentenor range. When it matters, Kaufmann sings strongly and confidently against the village community in the big choral scenes, but he also shows the great palette of his voice in the wonderfully intimate passages that border on the pianissimo. His acting is no less convincing. He is not only a gifted performer of the great heroes and lovers, but also of the desperate anti-hero."