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Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor

Biography

Jonas Kaufmann in action.
Jonas Kaufmann in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

In the 2013/14 Season German tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and gives a main-stage recital of Winterreise for The Royal Opera. Kaufmann made his Royal Opera debut in 2004 as Ruggero (La rondine) and has since sung Don José (Carmen), Alfredo (La traviata), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Don Carlo and Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur) for the Company.

Kaufmann was born in Munich and began studying mathematics, halfway through his degree transferring to the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre to study singing. He began his career at the opera houses of Saarbrücken and Stuttgart and later became a member of Zürich Opera. He now sings in opera houses around the world. His exceptionally wide repertory includes Siegmund (Die Walküre) and Parsifal for the Metropolitan Opera, New York, Lohengrin for Bayreuth Festival, Bavarian State Opera and La Scala, Milan, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Don José and Don Carlo for Salzburg Festival, Werther and Dick Johnson (La fanciulla del West) for Vienna State Opera, Cavaradossi for La Scala, Metropolitan Opera and Bavarian State Opera and Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) and Manrico (Il trovatore) for Bavarian State Opera.

Kaufmann performs extensively in concert. His discography includes five solo albums for Decca and for Sony Winterreise and a disc of Verdi arias. His numerous awards include Best Male Singer and Readers’ Award at the 2013 International Opera Awards. He was made a Bavarian Kammersänger in 2013.

Videos

News and features

Written on Skin and Les Troyens shortlisted for Classical Gramophone Awards 2014

Written on Skin and Les Troyens shortlisted for Classical Gramophone Awards 2014

1 August 2014

Recordings by Jonas Kaufmann and Gerald Finley are also shortlisted.

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 2014

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas 2014

24 June 2014

What did you think of our live relay of Jonathan Kent’s new production of Puccini’s tragedy, starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann?

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team on Manon Lescaut

24 June 2014

Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

Puccini's Manon Lescaut to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 24 June 2014

Puccini's Manon Lescaut to be relayed live to cinemas across the world on 24 June 2014

20 June 2014

The opera - starring Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann - will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 on 1 July.

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut

17 June 2014

What did you think of Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's first great success?

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

Gallery: Manon Lescaut in rehearsal

10 June 2014

Jonathan Kent's new production stars Kristīne Opolais, Christopher Maltman and Jonas Kaufmann.

Photos

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux and Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013