Jonas Kaufmann
German operatic tenor
Jonas Kaufmann
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.
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Ill opera star Kaufmann cancels shows for 'prolonged rest'
Yahoo News - 5 months
New York's Metropolitan Opera has stepped in to help save a highly-anticipated Paris production of the "Tales of Hoffmann", it said Tuesday, after the star German tenor Jonas Kaufmann was forced to pull out. It freed up the Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas to take up the role at the Opera Bastille in November even though he would miss three performances at the Met as Don Ottavio in Mozart's "Don Giovanni". In an extremely rare move Kaufmann, 47, one of the world's most popular singers, last week made public a letter explaining why he has to "stop singing" to allow ruptured blood vessels in his vocal chords to heal.
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Alagna replaces ill Kaufmann in new role at Met Opera
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Star tenor Roberto Alagna will for the first time play the male lead in Puccini's "Manon Lescaut" as he fills in for the ill Jonas Kaufmann, the Metropolitan Opera announced Tuesday. The New York opera house said that Kaufmann, one of the world's most celebrated singers, had to cancel his appearances in the "Manon Lescaut" production starting February 12 due to an unspecified illness. Alagna, France's most famous tenor, will replace the German in the role of Chevalier Des Grieux, with Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role.
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ArtsBeat: Jonas Kaufmann Cancels Met Opera Production
NYTimes - about 1 year
Roberto Alagna, another well-loved tenor, will replace him, singing the role of des Grieux in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” for the first time.
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Architect Gehry to design opera set for Berlin's Staatsoper
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
(Reuters) - The American architect Frank Gehry will be the stage designer of a new production of the Christoph Gluck opera "Orfeo ed Euridice" for Berlin's Staatsoper, the company announced on Monday in unveiling its 2015-2016 season. Daniel Barenboim, the Staatsoper's music director, and Juergen Flimm, its general manager, also announced a new production of Richard Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" will be the season opener on Oct 3, with Barenboim conducting his 20th Wagner production for the company. Among the singers appearing during the next season will be Anna Netrebko, Placido Domingo, Rene Pape, Waltraud Meier, Sonya Yoncheva, Bejun Mehta, Magdalena Kozena, Rolando Villazon and Jonas Kaufmann, the Staatsoper announced in a press release.
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ArtsBeat: Jonas Kaufmann Withdraws From Second Met Performance
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The tenor has withdrawn from Saturday’s matinee of “Carmen” at the Metropolitan Opera, citing illness.
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In My Backyard With Joyce DiDonato and Matthew Polenzani
Huffington Post - about 2 years
As a long-time West Sider, I've happily traipsed through the bowels of Brooklyn for my last few posts in pursuit of the most happening events in classical music, theater and opera. But sometimes, as L. Frank Baum and Judy remind us, there is truly no place like home. Last Wednesday and Thursday, I experienced two of the greatest recitals I have ever had the pleasure of hearing in my own backyard Halls -- that would be Mathew Polenzani at Alice Tully and Joyce DiDonato at Carnegie. Both artists have graced the world's most prestigious opera stages in roles ranging from ingénues to English queens, from love-sick juveniles to Emperors of Rome. But in a recital, the singer is laid bare. Sets, costumes and lights are kept to a bare minimum; no orchestra or choreography or other players will help to heighten a character's inner life: there is only the singer and accompaniment. I've seen the most seasoned opera star fall flat simply because there is no support, nothing to lean on, no "ch ...
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Kaufmann's 'Chenier' opera has added relevance after France events
Yahoo News - about 2 years
By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) - German tenor Jonas Kaufmann gave his legions of fans what they pay for in a revival of Umberto Giordano's French Revolution opera "Andrea Chenier" at Covent Garden on Tuesday that took on unanticipated relevance due to recent events in France. The 1896 opera is based on the real-life poet Andre Chenier, who was carted off to the guillotine just three days before revolution leader Maximilien de Robespierre met the same fate. "I made my pen a glorious weapon against hypocrisy," Kaufmann, as Chenier, sang at his trial held in a room filled with citizens baying for his head. With trappings including a huge on-stage banner saying "Citizens, our country is in danger," the timeliness of the production, which opened two weeks after members of the editorial staff of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were gunned down by Islamist militants angered by their portrayal of the Prophet Mohammad, was hard to escape.
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Jonas Kaufmann Chooses His Met Roles Carefully
NYTimes - about 3 years
The tenor Jonas Kaufmann, who stars in a production of “Werther” opening at the Met on Feb. 18, is deeply cautious about the roles he agrees to sing in New York.     
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The New Manrico Of 'Il Trovatore'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
MUNICH, Germany -- Parodied by everyone from Gilbert and Sullivan to the Marx Brothers, Verdi's "Il Trovatore" is often dismissed as an absurd story about ridiculous characters redeemed by its glorious music. Jonas Kaufmann doesn't see it that way. The Munich-born tenor, who made his role debut as Manrico at the Bavarian State Opera on Thursday night, said he found the troubadour to have surprising depths. "I'm not so much attracted to one-dimensional characters like `the romantic lover' or `the hero who rescues the maiden in distress,'" Kaufmann said in an email response to questions. "Compared to those typical Italian tenor parts, Manrico is different. He is a lover, he is a fighter and he is a victim of a difficult mother-son relationship and of a tragic family story." All those qualities and more are certainly brought to the fore in the wild new production by Olivier Py that opened the company's annual Munich Opera Festival. It's a non-stop barrage of ni ...
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Jonas Kaufmann Sings the Title Role in New Production of Parsifal, Conducted by Daniele Gatti and Directed by Francois Girard on THIRTEEN's Great Performances at the Met Sunday, July 28 at 12 noon on PBS
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK, June 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Star tenor Jonas Kaufmann sings the title role in a new production of Wagner's final masterpiece Parsifal, staged by acclaimed French Canadian director Francois Girard in his Met debut, on Great Performances at the MetSunday, July 28 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera in two parts: Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. and Friday, August 23 at 9 p.m.)(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire. ...
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Justin Moss: Opera for Love Birds
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
]Whether you relate to star-crossed lovers or new found love, there's an aria or duet out there for everyone. In honor of Valentine's Day, here's an eclectic list of operatic selections consumed with the topic of love; some are popular pieces your sweetheart is sure to recognize while the more obscure picks will have you looking like an opera buff. Enjoy! 'Gia nella notte densa' from Verdi's Otello, sung by Angela Gheorghiu and Placido Domingo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRfe7fCVYTU From Verdi's Otello, this duet is sung by the doomed lovers Otello and Desdemona in happier times. Although their end is tragic, this piece is filled with the joy of two lovers who found one another through hardship and turmoil. Overcome with passion for one another, the music ends with a moving kiss and one of opera's most famous leitmotifs. 'La fleur que tu m'avais jetee' from Bizat's Carmen, sung by Jonas Kaufmann http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfX4afH9wzw Known as the Flower ...
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David Finkle: First Nighter: Much Ado About Nothing, Parsifal, The Laramie Project, Powder Her Face All on Tap If Not All Tip-Top
Huffington Post - about 4 years
One of the ironies about Much Ado About Nothing is its demand that any good director make much ado of a new production -- just not too much ado. Count on Arin Arbus -- the Theater for a New Audience helmer of choice to much-ado William Shakespeare these past several years -- to know exactly what kind of -- and how much -- ado to make. Her realization of the unsurpassed comedy in the canon is a big winner. One of the best aspects of her work at the Duke is the casting. Get the right people for this -- or any play, of course -- and you've gotten maybe 90 percent of the way there. Much Ado needs, every Bardolator knows, a Benedick and Beatrice to go about wittily scoffing each other when not seeing that Hero and Claudio get properly married while all sorts of other merry buffoons and a couple of naughty villains cavort. Arbus couldn't have done better. Jonathan Cake's Benedick has precisely the required arched eyebrow and arched delivery for the man who forswears romantic ...
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REIGN IN BLOOD: Striking New Production Takes Big Risks
Huffington Post - about 4 years
NEW YORK -- In Wagner's "Parsifal," the leader of the Knights of the Holy Grail suffers from an agonizing wound that will not heal. In Francois Girard's vision of the opera, this wound afflicts the earth itself, etching a widening crevice that tears society apart and threatens the survival of mankind. The French-Canadian director's starkly modern and thought-provoking staging, first seen last year in Lyon, France, premiered at the Metropolitan Opera on Friday night. Though traditionalists may object, this is a "Parsifal" to treasure, elevated to the highest musical level by the solemnity and sweep of Daniele Gatti's conducting and the dedication of a dream cast of singing actors, headed by tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. From the opening notes of the prelude, Girard attempts to make the audience see themselves in the events on stage. A mirrored curtain reflects back at us a blurred image of the auditorium where we are sitting. Behind the curtain we soon se ...
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Jonas Kaufmann On Wagner: 'It's Like A Drug Sometimes'
NPR - about 4 years
Described as the greatest living Wagnerian tenor, Kaufmann is using the Richard Wagner's bicentennial to reacquaint listeners with the controversial composer's work. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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LOOK: Hottest Opera Stars Of 2013
Huffington Post - about 4 years
It's difficult to make inroads into opera, but this year is already proving to ease the challenge through a talented (and attractive) group of all-stars. In this Jan. 11, 2013 photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera, Juan Diego Florez, performs as Count Ory with Pretty Yende as Countess Adele during a dress rehearsal of Rossini's "Le Comte Ory," at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl) Perhaps it's not a surprise that this year marks some big anniversaries for opera as well. The striking Polish tenor Piotr Beczala will star in the Metropolitan Opera's unusual staging of "Rigoletto" set in 1960s Las Vegas to honor Verdi's 200th birthday. In May, Jonas Kaufmann -- Germany's sexiest tenor -- will play the title role in "Parsifal" to mark the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth. Edward Benjamin Britten will also be ringing in a birthday in 2013. At this year's Glyndebourne Festival in London 'Billy Budd' returns to mark Britten's ...
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In January's Drought, Three Albums Worth Waiting For
NPR - about 4 years
January is a slow month for new albums. To tide curious listeners over, we offer an exclusive sampler of musical treats soon to come — ranging from opera star Jonas Kaufmann in Wagner to the unlikely pairing of a Bach pianist and a rising singer-songwriter. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jonas Kaufmann
    FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In September 2011, he underwent surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest.
    More Details Hide Details In December, he was back, performing the title role in Gounod's Faust. Kaufmann is married to mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig. They have three children and live in Munich, Germany. Kaufmann's repertoire includes the following:
    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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  • 2010
    Age 40
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In May 2008, Kaufmann made his role debut as Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in Covent Garden, again to critical acclaim.
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    His debut recording with Decca, Romantic Arias, was released in January 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He has also recorded a Schubert song cycle on the same label and the role of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for EMI.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Age 29
    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.
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  • 1994
    Age 24
    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.
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    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."
    More Details Hide Details 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."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born in 1969.
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