Hailing from Munich, Jonas Kaufmann completed his vocal studies at the local Music
Academy, and attended master classes with Hans Hotter, James King, and Josef Metternich.
Since his sensational 2006 debut at New York's Metropolitan Opera in a performance of
La traviata, Mr. Kaufmann has numbered among the top stars on the operatic
Equally in demand for his performances of Italian and French repertoire as for his German
operatic interpretations, Mr. Kaufmann sang Massenet's Werther in Paris and
Vienna, and Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca in London, New York (the Met), and
Milan (La Scala). His intensive characterization of Don José in Bizet's Carmen
took opera fans throughout the world by storm.
On his home turf in Munich, Mr. Kaufmann has thus far been heard as Tamino (Die
Zauberflöte), Don José (Carmen), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Florestan
(Fidelio), and the title roles of Lohengrin and Don Carlo.
In 2012, he gave his debut as Bacchus in Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos at the
Salzburg Festival. While in Salzburg, he performed the role of Don José in the new
production of Carmen that was conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Additionally, he
performed the Verdi Requiem conducted by Daniel Barenboim in Salzburg, at La Scala, and at
the Lucerne Festival. In December 2012, he returned to Milan for the opening of La Scala's
season with the new production of Lohengrin conducted by Barenboim and directed by
After the Met's new production of Parsifal in 2013, Mr. Kaufmann sang in the
revival of Don Carlo at the Royal Opera House in London, as well as in Munich and
Salzburg. Furthermore, he made his debut as Manrico in Verdi's Il trovatore. In
December, he sang his first Alvaro in La forza deldestino in a new production at
the Bavarian State Opera directed by Martin Kušej. He also had his role debut as Dick
Johnson in Puccini's La fanciulla del West in a new production at the Vienna State
Mr. Kaufmann's versatility is documented on a number of CDs and DVDs in performances of
such works as Lohengrin, Königskinder, Tosca,
Adriana Lecouvreur, Werther, and Carmen. His solo
albums Verismo Arias, The Verdi Album, and Wagner were
bestsellers only a few weeks after being released. In 2011, he was presented the coveted
Opera News Award in New York. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Kaufmann was named a
Chevalier de l'Ordre de l'Art et des Lettres by France's Minister of Culture Frédéric
Mitterrand. He has been named several times as Singer of the Year by classical music
magazines Opernwelt, Diapason, and Musical America, as well as
by the juries of Echo Klassik and the inaugural International Opera Awards.
Mr. Kaufmann is also a familiar figure worldwide on the concert and recital platforms. He
regards art-song interpretation as the "royal class of singing" since this genre calls for
considerably more finesse and differentiation than any other vocal discipline. His
partnership with pianist Helmut Deutsch, with whom he worked as far back as his student
days in Munich, has proven itself in countless concerts, including his 2011 recital at the
Metropolitan Opera. This was the first solo recital given at the Met since Luciano
Pavarotti's in 1994.