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Opera singer (tenor)

Opera Singer

Jonas Kaufmann


Years active

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10 July 1969 (age 55) (
Munich, Germany

Margarete Joswig (m. ?–2014)

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Jonas Kaufmann (born 10 July 1969) is a German operatic tenor. He is best known for his performances in spinto roles such as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, and the title role in Don Carlos. He has also sung leading tenor roles in the operas of Richard Wagner with success in Germany and abroad, most notably the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He is also an accomplished Lieder singer. In 2014 The New York Times described Kaufmann as "a box-office draw, and... the most important, versatile tenor of his generation."


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Early life and education

Kaufmann was born in Munich. His father worked for an insurance company, and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He had one older sister. He started studying piano when he was eight, and he sang in his elementary school choir. Although he studied for mathematics entrance exams, in the summer of 1989 he began his vocal training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. While studying, he sang some small roles at the Bavarian State Opera. He graduated from school in 1994 achieving distinctions both in opera and concert performances.

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In 1995, after a vocal crisis, Kaufmann received help from American baritone Michael Rhodes who taught him a "new way of singing" and how to become "more relaxed in my voice and in myself." In Kaufmann's book Meinen die wirklich mich? he said, "To find a Michael Rhodes that can really help you and bring you to success is really a great stroke of luck."


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He began his professional career at Staatstheater Saarbrücken in 1994 and was soon invited to make debuts in German theaters such as the Stuttgart Opera and Hamburg State Opera, as well as international debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra National de Paris, and La Scala. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1999 in a new production of Busoni's Doktor Faust and returned there in 2003 as Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and for concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic.

He performed in Covent Garden in 2006/7 in the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen to critical acclaim. He made his debut as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Angela Gheorghiu in 2006 to great critical acclaim and also sang the role in 2007 and 2008 at The Met and in Covent Garden in 2008. In May 2008, Kaufmann made his role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in Covent Garden, again to critical acclaim.

In 2008/9, he performed in Massenet's Manon in Chicago opposite Natalie Dessay and in the title role of a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera. He also sang Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival opening night performance of the 2010 season; the production was staged by Hans Neuenfels and conducted by Andris Nelsons.

His debut recording with Decca, Romantic Arias, was released in January 2008. He has also recorded a Schubert song cycle on the same label and the role of Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for EMI.

In January 2010, he assumed the title role in Massenet's Werther at the Opéra Bastille; the performance was recorded and released on DVD in November 2010.

In April 2011, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Siegmund in director Robert Lepage's new production of Wagner's Die Walküre, scheduled to be presented in its entirety during the 2011/12 season. In September 2011, he underwent surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest. In December, he was back, performing the title role in Gounod's Faust.

On February 15, 2013, Kaufmann made his first appearance in the title role of Wagner's Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. His performance received rave reviews from critics. In July of that year he was named a Kammersänger of the Bavarian State Opera by the Bavarian Ministry of Arts. In December he sang the role of Don Alavaro in Verdi's La forza del destino with the company.

In February 2014 Kaufmann sang the title role in Massenet's Werther at the Metropolitan Opera. He followed this by touring with the Schubert Winterreise song cycle with Helmut Deutsch. In June 2014 he made his debut in the role of Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House in London. That November he sang the same role in another production of Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera.

On September 12, 2015, Kaufmann became the first German to perform the British seafaring anthem Rule Britannia at The Proms' Last Night.

On February 23, 2016, the documentary Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini is scheduled for release in select theaters in the United States. The film centers around Kaufmann's 2015 performance at La Scala Milan and will feature rare footage.

Personal life

Kaufmann was married to mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig. They separated in April 2014. They have three children.


  • 2002: Monteverdi – Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Jonas Kaufmann / Vesselina Kasarova / Dietrich Henschel / Isabel Rey)
  • 2002: Paisiello – Nina (Jonas Kaufmann / Cecilia Bartoli / László Polgár)
  • 2004: Beethoven – Fidelio (Jonas Kaufmann / Camilla Nylund / László Polgár / Alfred Muff / Elizabeth Magnuson / Christoph Strehl)
  • 2005: Mozart – La clemenza di Tito (Jonas Kaufmann / Vesselina Kasarova / Eva Mei / Malin Hartelius)
  • 2006: Bizet – Carmen (Jonas Kaufmann / Anna Caterina Antonacci / Ildebrando D'Arcangelo / Norah Amsellem)
  • 2006: Schubert – Fierrabras (Jonas Kaufmann / Juliane Banse / Michael Volle / Christoph Strehl / László Polgár)
  • 2008: Bizet – Carmen (Jonas Kaufmann / Vesselina Kasarova / Isabel Rey / Michele Pertusi)
  • 2009: R.Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier (Renée Fleming / Sophie Koch / Diana Damrau / Franz Hawlata / Jonas Kaufmann)
  • 2009: Wagner – Lohengrin (Jonas Kaufmann / Anja Harteros / Wolfgang Koch / Michaela Schuster / Christof Fischesser / Evgeny Nikitin)
  • 2010: Massenet – Werther (Jonas Kaufmann / Sophie Koch / Michel Plasson)
  • 2010: Humperdinck – Königskinder (Jonas Kaufmann / Isabel Rey / Oilver Widmer / Liliana Nikiteanu)
  • 2010: Cilea – Adriana Lecouvreur (Jonas Kaufmann / Angela Gheorghiu / Olga Borodina / Alessandro Corbelli)
  • 2011: Puccini – Tosca (Jonas Kaufmann / Emily Magee / Thomas Hampson)
  • 2011: Wagner – Die Walküre (Jonas Kaufmann / Eva-Maria Westbroek / Deborah Voigt / Bryn Terfel)
  • 2011: Gounod – Faust (Jonas Kaufmann / Marina Poplavskaya / René Pape
  • 2011: Wagner – Der Ring des Nibelungen (Jonas Kaufmann / Bryn Terfel / Deborah Voigt / Jay Hunter Morris / Eva-Maria Westbroek)
  • 2012: R.Strauss – Ariadne auf Naxos (Jonas Kaufmann / Emily Magee / Elena Mosuc / Peter Matic / Cornelius Obonya)
  • 2012: Puccini – Tosca (Angela Gheorghiu / Jonas Kaufmann / Bryn Terfel / Antonio Pappano)
  • 2012: Verdi – Requiem (Jonas Kaufmann / Anja Harteros / Elīna Garanča / René Pape)
  • 2013: Wagner – Parsifal (Jonas Kaufmann / René Pape / Peter Mattei / Katarina Dalayman / Evgeny Nikitin / Daniele Gatti / François Girard)
  • 2013: Puccini – La fanciulla del West (Jonas Kaufmann / Nina Stemme/ Tomas Konieczny)
  • 2013: Verdi – Don Carlo (Jonas Kaufmann / Anja Harteros / Matti Salminen / Thomas Hampson / Ekaterina Semenschuck)
  • 2014: Puccini – Manon Lescaut (Jonas Kaufmann / Kristine Opolais)
  • 2015: - Mascagni - Cavalleria rusticana (Jonas Kaufmann / Liudmyla Monastyrska) & Leoncavallo - Pagliacci (Jonas Kaufmann / Maria Agresta)
  • Awards

  • 2007: Gramophone Award for Richard Strauss Lieder, with Helmut Deutsch, piano
  • 2011: Gramophone Award for Verismo Arias. Antonio Pappano conducting
  • 2012: Gramophone Award for Fidelio, Claudio Abbado conducting
  • 2013: Opera Award for Best Male Opera Singer
  • 2013: Gramophone Award for Wagner Arias, Donald Runnicles conducting
  • References

    Jonas Kaufmann Wikipedia

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