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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), Andrea Chénier, Otello and Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) and a main-stage recital of Winterreise. In the 2019/20 Season he sings Florestan (Fidelio).

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 companies as La Scala, Milan, Paris Opéra, Vienna State Opera and Bavarian State Opera, in an exceptionally wide repertory including Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Puccini and verismo. His recordings include 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 Americ and at the Echo-Klassik Awards and the inaugural International Opera Awards. He was made an Officier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2018. He is acclaimed internationally for his recitals with pianist Helmut 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 and ‘Italian Night’ at the Waldbühne Berlin in 2018.

Videos

News and features

Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's La forza del destino live in cinemas?

2 April 2019
Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's <em>La forza del destino</em> live in cinemas?

Christof Loy's production starring Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko was relayed live to cinemas around the world.

Watch Verdi's Otello on BBC Four on 15 October 2017

13 October 2017
Watch Verdi's <em>Otello</em> on BBC Four on 15 October 2017

Jonas Kaufmann's role debut will be available to watch on BBC Four, and afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Otello live in cinemas?

28 June 2017
Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's <em>Otello</em> live in cinemas?

The Royal Opera's final live cinema relay of the 2016/17 Season saw Jonas Kaufmann tackling one of Italian opera's most challenging roles.

Photos

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Ludovic Tézier as Don Carlo in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of Otello, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello and Marco Vratogna as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello, Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Marco Vratogna as Iago in Otello, The Royal Opera

Marco Vratogna and Jonas Kaufmann in Otello, The Royal Opera

Marco Vratogna as Iago and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in rehearsal for Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann. Otello, The Royal Opera June 2017 image by aka

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 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

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

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro and Anna Netrebko as Leonora in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, The Royal Opera

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann as Otello and Frédéric Antoun as Cassio in Otello, The Royal Opera