Jonas Kaufmann

Born Jul 10, 1969

Jonas Kaufmann is a German operatic tenor. Although he has sung a variety of leading roles including both the Mozart and Wagner repertoire, he is particularly 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.… Read More

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  • Ill Opera Star Kaufmann Cancels Shows For 'prolonged Rest'
    Yahoo News - Oct 04, 2016
  • Alagna Replaces Ill Kaufmann In New Role At Met Opera
    Yahoo News - Jan 27, 2016
  • Arts Beat: Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met Opera Production
    NYTimes - Jan 26, 2016
  • Architect Gehry To Design Opera Set For Berlin's Staatsoper
    Yahoo News - Apr 27, 2015


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jonas Kaufmann.


1969 Birth Born in 1969.


1994 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He graduated from school in 1994. 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." … Read More


1999 30 Years Old 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 the Beethoven's Ninth with the Berlin Philharmonic.
2006 37 Years Old He performed in Covent Garden in 2006-2007 in the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen to critical acclaim, and also sang Alfredo in Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata at the Metropolitan Opera and in Covent Garden in 2008.
In 2008-09 he performed Manon in Chicago opposite Natalie Dessay and in the title role of a new production of Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera. … Read More


2010 41 Years Old In January 2010 he assumed the title role in Jules Massenet's Werther at the Opera Bastille; the performance was recorded and released on DVD in November 2010.
2011 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2011 he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Siegmund in director Robert Lepage's new production of Richard Wagner's Die Walküre the second part of his much larger work Der Ring des Nibelungen, scheduled to be presented in its entirety during the 2011-12 season.
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