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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, and a main-stage recital of Winterreise. In the 2016/17 Season he makes his role debut as Otello.

Kaufmann was born in Munich and trained at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre. He began his career in Saarbrücken and Stuttgart and later became a member of Zürich Opera. Since his debut with the Metropolitan Opera, New York, in 2006 he has sung for such leading international companies as La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera, in an exceptionally wide repertory. His discography includes performances of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci, Don Carlo, La forza del destino, Aida, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La fanciulla del West, Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, Carmen, Fidelio, Lohengrin, Die Walküre, Parsifal, Königskinder and Ariadne auf Naxos. His solo albums are bestsellers, with Du bist die Welt für mich, featuring popular tunes by Franz Lehár, Imre Kálmán, Robert Stolz, Richard Tauber and others, entering the pop charts.

Kaufmann has been named Singer of the Year by Opernwelt, Diapason, Musical America and at the Echo-Klassik Awards and the inaugural International Opera Awards. He is acclaimed internationally for his recitals with pianist Hemut Deutsch, performing songs by Schumann, Schubert, Wagner, Mahler, Strauss, Liszt, Duparc and Britten, among others. His concert performances include the 2015 Last Night of the Proms.

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. Otello, The Royal Opera June 2017 image by aka

Jonas Kaufmann 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 in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Kristīne 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

Kristine 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

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

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 and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

Anja Harteros as Elizabeth and Jonas Kaufmann as Don Carlo in Don Carlo

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

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

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

Director Jonathan Kent with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

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 as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Carlo in Don Carlo

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Carlo in Don Carlo

Campaign image for the Royal Opera House Summer Season 2017. Jonas Kaufmann and Francesca Hayward. Image by AKA

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

12 December: Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo in May 2013