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Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor

Biography

Jonas Kaufmann in action.
Jonas Kaufmann as the title role in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera © ROH, 2015. Photograph by Bill Cooper

German tenor Jonas 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, Maurizio (Adriana Lecouvreur), Chevalier des Grieux (Manon Lescaut) and Andrea Chénier for the Company, and a main-stage recital of Winterreise. In the 2016/17 Season he returns to sing Otello.

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, and 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, Don Carlo, Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana) and Canio (Pagliacci) 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 six solo albums for Decca and Winterreise and a disc of Verdi arias for Sony. His numerous awards include Best Male Singer and Readers’ Award at the 2013 International Opera Awards and Best Male Singer of the Year at the 2015 ECHO Klassik Awards. He was made a Bavarian Kammersänger in 2013.

Videos

News and features

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

ROH TV and radio broadcasts announced for Christmas 2015

9 December 2015

The Christmas line-up features celebrated Royal Opera and Royal Ballet performances, including Carlos Acosta's Carmen and Jonas Kaufmann in Andrea Chénier.

Watch: Our favourite Jonas Kaufmann clips

Watch: Our favourite Jonas Kaufmann clips

9 September 2015

Ahead of the tenor's performance at the Last Night of the BBC Proms, we pick some of our favourite YouTube clips.

Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

Semyon Bychkov, Richard Jones and Aleksandra Kurzak among the winners at the Opera Awards 2015

27 April 2015

The awards, now in their third year, celebrate excellence in opera and provide bursaries for emerging talent.

Photos

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny and The Chorus of the Royal Opera House in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux and Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Tosca

Jonas Kaufmann as Maurizio and Angela Gheorgiu as Adriana Lecouvreur in Adriana Lecouvreur

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny in Andrea Chénier

Music Director, Antonio Pappano with Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena Di Coigny in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann and Mariusz Kweicien in Don Carlo

Anna Caterina Antonacci and Jonas Kaufmann in Carmen, The Royal Opera, 2006

Simon Keenlyside and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo

Jonas Kaufmann

12 December: Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo in May 2013

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut and Jonas Kaufmann as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for his role as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut

Jonas Kaufmann as Carlos and Simon Keenlyside as Posa in Don Carlos

Tosca

Jonas Kaufmann as the title role in Andrea Chénier, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier and Željko Lučić as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Rosalind Plowright as Contess Di Coigny and Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier