Since his sensational debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2006 in "La Traviata" heard Jonas Kaufmann to the top stars of the opera world. The international press named him the "new king of tenors" insider celebrate him as the most important German tenor since Fritz Wunderlich.
Jonas Kaufmann comes from MÜnchen. At the local music academy he completed his studies, he also attended master classes with Hans Hotter, James King and Josef Metternich. During his first stage years at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken, he continued his training with Michael Rhodes in Trier.
After engagements in Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Milan - in Giorgio Strehler's production of "Cosi fan tutte" and "Fidelio" under Riccardo Muti - went merchant 2001 to the opera in ZÜrich. From there, his international career began performances at the Salzburg Festival, at the Chicago Lyric Opera, the Paris Opera, Covent Garden in London, La Scala in Milan, the Deutsche Oper and the Staatsoper in Berlin, the Vienna State Opera and the Met in New York. In 2010 he made his debut at the Bayreuth Festival, as Lohengrin in the sensational staging of Hans Neuenfels ..
Kaufmann is in demand internationally in the Italian and French repertoire as well as in German. He sang Massenet's Werther in Paris and Vienna, Cavaradossi in Puccini's "Tosca" in London, at the Met and La Scala. His intense portrayal of Jose in Bizet's "Carmen" has shaken opera fans around the world. Kaufmann loves to embody torn characters to empathize completely into the world of his characters to make her think and feel believable.
In addition to the vocal and musical qualities, it is always the total dedication that triggers enthusiasm among critics and audiences. So even with his roles debut released as Siegmund in "Die Walküre" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the spring of 2011. The new production, worldwide in cinemas transmitting and now on DVD, can in detail hear what the special quality of merchant Wagner interpretations constitutes: The merging of "German" expressiveness and Italian vocal line. That merchant then with equally great success at the Met, the title character in Gounod's "Faust" embodied (also this new production could be seen around the world in the cinema), demonstrates once again his vocal and interpretive versatility.
In his hometown MÜnchen Kaufmann had been experiencing as Tamino, Lohengrin, José, Cavaradossi, Florestan "Fidelio" and as Don Carlo. The summer of 2012 was for him this year dedicated to the Salzburg Festival: After his roles debut as Bacchus in the new production of "Ariadne auf Naxos" he has there again the Don Jose in Simon Rattle's "Carmen" production and the tenor part sung in the Verdi Requiem under Daniel Barenboim.
2013, of course, the operas of Wagner and Verdi in the center of his work. After Scala opening with "Lohengrin" (directed by Claus Guth, conductor Daniel Barenboim) and the new "Parsifal" production at the Met Jonas Kaufmann in three productions the title role in Verdi's is "Don Carlos" embody: First in London , then at the Bavarian State Opera and in Peter Stein's staging at the Salzburg Festival. To kick off the Munich Opera Festival in 2013 he will make his debut as Manrico in a new production of Verdi's "Il Trovatore", also at the Bavarian State Opera he is in December for the first time as Alvaro in Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" .to hear.
Kaufmann's versatility is documented on numerous CDs and DVDs, as in performances of "Lohengrin", "Royal Children", "Tosca", "Adriana Lecouvreur", "Werther" and "Carmen". His solo album "Verismo Arias", conducted by Antonio Pappano, was only a few weeks after the release of a best-seller, his new Wagner album was shortly after publication No. 1 on the classical charts in Germany and the UK. Several times Kaufmann was elected "Artist of the Year", so by the editors of the journal "Opera World", the classical music magazine "Diapason" and "Musical America" and by the jury of the "Echo Klassik". In 2011 he was honored in New York with the coveted "Opera News Award"; the editors of "Opera News" justified its choice by saying, "His intensity and elegance, the softness of his voice and his body language combined with his musicality and his brilliant appearance make him the epitome of the opera stars in the 21st century." Brief time later was appointed merchant from French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand to "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et lettres".
Global success is a merchant as a concert and lieder singer. The song is singing for him, "the premier class of singing", requires the genre but much more detailed work and differentiation than any other vocal discipline. His partnership with pianist Helmut German, with whom he has been working for his studies in MÜnchen together, has proven itself in the recording studio as well as in numerous concerts, as well as on 30/10/2011 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. This was the first solo recital, which was given by Luciano Pavarotti (1994) at the Met.
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