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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

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas

Your reaction: Manon Lescaut in cinemas

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.

Listen: Jonas Kaufmann - 'There are two types of musicians. I always belonged to those in the passionate group'

Listen: Jonas Kaufmann - 'There are two types of musicians. I always belonged to those in the passionate group'

2 June 2014

The German tenor tells BBC Radio 3 his thoughts on Regietheater and gives hints at future plans.

Photos

Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for his role as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Director Jonathan Kent with Kristīne Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsal for his role as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut ©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

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

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

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

12 December: Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo in May 2013

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

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann and Mariusz Kweicien in Don Carlo © ROH/Catherine Ashmore, 2013

Simon Keenlyside and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo © Catherine Ashmore, 2009

Anja Harteros as Elizabeth and Jonas Kaufmann as Don Carlo in Don Carlo © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2013