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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

Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's <em>Otello</em>?

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

22 June 2017

Audience responses and press reviews of Jonas Kaufmann's hotly-anticipated role debut.

Watch: A first glimpse of The Royal Opera's new production of Verdi's <em>Otello</em>

Watch: A first glimpse of The Royal Opera's new production of Verdi's Otello

7 June 2017

Superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Antonio Pappano give a taste of this hotly-anticipated new production.

Jonas Kaufmann on why he's excited about his first <em>Otello</em> at the Royal Opera House

Jonas Kaufmann on why he's excited about his first Otello at the Royal Opera House

6 June 2017

The tenor shares the thrill of pushing his acting talents and vocal ability to the limit in the 'perfect Verdi opera'.

Photos

Jonas Kaufmann in the title role of Otello, 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 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

Maria Agresta as Desdemona and Jonas Kaufmann as Otello in Otello, 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

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

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

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

Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo, The Royal Opera

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

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