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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.

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, 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 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

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

International Opera Awards 2015 finalists announced

27 March 2015

A host of Royal Opera-affiliated artists have been shortlisted.

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2015 announced

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2015 announced

9 March 2015

Nominees include Jonas Kaufmann, Christopher Wheeldon, and The Royal Opera's offsite programme in collaboration with Shakespeare's Globe and the Roundhouse.

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

Watch: Members of the cast and creative team from Andrea Chénier

29 January 2015

Backstage films from the live relay of Andrea Chénier including a musical masterclass from Antonio Pappano, and an insight into costume design.

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier to be screened live in cinemas across the world on 29 January 2015

Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier to be screened live in cinemas across the world on 29 January 2015

22 January 2015

David McVicar’s new production stars Jonas Kaufmann and Eva-Maria Westbroek.

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

BBC Radio 3 broadcasts of Royal Opera performances announced for winter, spring and summer 2014/15

2 December 2014

Andrea Chénier, La bohème, Die Zauberflöte and others on Opera on 3.

Recommended recordings: October 2014

Recommended recordings: October 2014

8 October 2014

This month the focus falls on new recordings by Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kaufmann and Franco Fagioli.

Photos

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 Željko Lučić as Carlo Gérard in Andrea Chénier

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

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 and Kristine Opolais as Manon Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, The Royal Opera

Jonas Kaufmann and Kristīne Opolais in rehearsals for Manon Lescaut

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

Simon Keenlyside and Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo

Jonas Kaufmann as Carlo in Don Carlo

Tosca

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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 rehearsal for his role as Chevalier des Grieux in Manon Lescaut

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

12 December: Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo in May 2013

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Andrea Chénier