Jonas Kaufmann

Biography

Born: 1969; Munich, Germany  
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann possesses an operatic and concert repertory that spans several centuries, taking in Monteverdi and J.S. Bach and reaching into the twentieth century with works by Schoenberg and contemporary composers. The vast area in between includes Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Berlioz, Schubert, Wagner, Gounod, Mahler, Puccini, and much else. But Kaufmann willingly ventures into the obscure or little-known realms: he has appeared on disc in Read more Marschner's Vampyr and in the world-premiere recordings on the Capriccio label of two neglected nineteenth century operas, Josef Abert's Ekkehard, where he sang the title role, and Carl Loewe's The Three Wishes, where he portrayed Hassan. Kaufmann is a major operatic star and has sung at the most prestigious venues in New York, Chicago, Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Milan, and many others. While his discography clearly suggests a preference for opera, he has sung much concert fare, including Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, as well as lieder (Harmonia Mundi issued an acclaimed disc of Richard Strauss lieder in 2006). Kaufmann has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including EMI Classics, Decca, Philips, Arthaus Musik, and TDK.

Jonas Kaufmann was born in Munich, Germany, in 1969. As a child he was frequently taken to the opera by his father, while he sang in boys' choirs and took piano lessons. Later he enrolled at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, where he took master classes from Hans Hotter, Josef Metternich, and James King. It was Hotter who interested Kaufmann in the lieder of Richard Strauss.

From 1994-1996 Kaufmann sang at the opera house in Saarbrücken. Since the mid-1990s he has made regular guest appearances at the world's major opera houses. In 2001 he joined the Zurich opera and has since received high praise there for his Mozart (Idomeneo, Titus, Tamino), Gounod (Faust) and Verdi (the Duke). Kaufmann's first major recordings began appearing around the turn of the century, with Loewe's The Three Wishes (2000) and Marschner's Vampyr (2002). His debut recital at Wigmore Hall in London in December 2002 was a great success, as was his debut at the Met in February 2006 in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. Kaufmann's recordings have appeared with increasing frequency in the new century. Among his later efforts is the 2008 Decca CD Romantic Arias, which includes arias from Tosca, La bohème, La Traviata, and other operatic standards. Read less

Biography

Born: 1969; Munich, Germany  
Tenor Jonas Kaufmann possesses an operatic and concert repertory that spans several centuries, taking in Monteverdi and J.S. Bach and reaching into the twentieth century with works by Schoenberg and contemporary composers. The vast area in between includes Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Berlioz, Schubert, Wagner, Gounod, Mahler, Puccini, and much else. But Kaufmann willingly ventures into the obscure or little-known realms: he has appeared on disc in Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Winterreise, D911: Gute Nacht
Winterreise, D911: Die Wetterfahne
Winterreise, D911: Gefrorne Tränen
Winterreise, D911: Erstarrung
Winterreise, D911: Der Lindenbaum
Winterreise, D911: Wasserflut
Winterreise, D911: Auf dem Flusse
Winterreise, D911: Rückblick
Winterreise, D911: Irrlicht
Winterreise, D911: Rast
Winterreise, D911: Frühlingstraum
Winterreise, D911: Einsamkeit
Winterreise, D911: Die Post
Winterreise, D911: Der greise Kopf
Winterreise, D911: Die Krähe
Winterreise, D911: Letzte Hoffnung
Winterreise, D911: Im Dorfe
Winterreise, D911: Der stürmische Morgen
Winterreise, D911: Täuschung
Winterreise, D911: Der Wegweiser
Winterreise, D911: Das Wirtshaus
Winterreise, D911: Mut
Winterreise, D911: Die Nebensonnen
Winterreise, D911: Der Leiermann
1a. Requiem
1b. Kyrie Eleison
2a. Dies Irae
2b. Tuba Mirum
2c. Mors Stupebit
2d. Liber Scriptus
2e. Quid Sum Miser
2f. Rex Tremendae
2g. Recordare
2h. Ingemisco
2i. Confutatis
2j. Lacrymosa
3a. Offertorium - Domine, Jesu Christe
3b. Offertorium - Hostias
4. Sanctus
5. Agnus Dei
6. Lux Aeterna
7a. Libera Me - Libera Me
7b. Libera Me - Dies Irae
7c. Libera Me - Requiem Aeternam
7d. Libera Me - Libera Me
Overture
Narration: In a garden full of beautiful flowers
Trio: Light as fairy foot can fall
Narration: Watching over Oberon, his sleeping master
Aria: Fatal vow!
Narration: Puck, searching high and low
Vision: O why art thou sleeping, Sir Huon the brave?
Narration: The vision is gone
Ensemble: Honour and Joy
Narration: Huon is sure that his vision...
Aria: From boyhood trained
Narration: So Knight and squire take ship from France
Finale: Haste, gallant knight
Glory
Narration: It is the wedding day...
Dance of the bayaderes
Narration: Reiza whispers anxiously...
Melodrama and Narration: Summoned by the horn
Narration: While Huon and Reiza get ready to leave
Arriette: A Lonely Arab Maid
Narration: All is now set fair...
Quartet: Over the dark blue waters
Narration: But the lovers' troubles...
Solo & Choir: Spirits of air and earth and sea
Narration: On a barren island
Ruler of this awful hour
Narration: Huon has lost the magic horn
Scene & Arie: Ocean thou mighty monster
Narration: What Reiza has seen...
Narration: Alas poor mortal
Narration: Oberon orders Puck
Finale: And hark, the mermaids...Oh is pleasant
Narration: Rescued by corsairs
Lied: O Araby dear
Narration: Sherasimin is entranced
Duet: On the banks
Narration: Puck has magicked...
Terzettino: And I must I then
Narration: But there is no response...
Cavatine: Mourn thou poor heart
Narration: Almanzor is bewitched
"I Revel In Hope"
Narration: Suddenly the curtains part...
Chorus & Ballet: For thee hath beauty
Narration: Huon tries to break free
Almanzor is rooted to the spot...Finale: Hark what notes
Narration: Huon with true heroism
March & Finale
Overture
Jetzt, Schätchen, jetz sind wir allein
Seit Fidelio bei uns ist
O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint
Ich täusche die Menschen
Mir ist so wunderbar
Marzelline und Fidelio haben sich offensichtlich recht lieb
Hat man nicht aud Gold beineben
In den finstersten Gewolben sitzt ein Gefangener
Gut, Sohnchen, gut
Marsch
Etwas Neues vorgefallen?
Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!
Und nun zu dir mein lieber Rocco
Jetzt, Alter, hat es Eile!
Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?
Wie Fidelio das wieder geschafft hatte war mir ein Rätsel
O welche Lust
Nun sprecht, wie ging's?
Ach, Vater, eilt!
Verwegener Alter
Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht
Gott! - Welch Dunkel hier!
Wie kalt es ist diesem unterirdischen...Nur hurtig fort, nur Frisch gebraben
Ihr habt wieder geruht
Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten
Ist alles bereit?
Er sterbe!
O namenlose Freude!
Heil se idem Tag, Heil sei der Stunde
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Dovunque al mondo (Pinkerton/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act I: Dovunque al mondo (Pinkerton/Sharpless)
1. Das Wandern
2. Wohin?
3. Halt!
4. Danksagung an den Bach
5. Am Feierabend
6. Der Neugierige
7. Ungeduld
8. Morgengruß
9. Der Müllers Blumen
10. Tränenregen
11. Mein!
12. Pause
13. Mit dem grünen Lautenbande
14. Der Jäger
15. Eifersucht und Stolz
16. Die liebe Farbe
17. Die böse Farbe
18. Trockne Blumen
19. Der Müller und der Bach
20. Des Baches Wiegenlied
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: E soffitto ... e pareti ... (Pinkerton/Goro)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Sorride Vostro Onore? (Suzuki/Pinkerton/Goro/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Dovunque al mondo (Pinkerton/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Ed è bella la sposa? (Sharpless/Goro/Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Ler l'altro il Consolato (Sharpless/Pinkerton/Goro/Le amiche di Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Ah! Quanto cielo! Quanto mar!/Ancora un passo or via (Le amiche/Butterfly/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Gran Ventura (Butterfly/Le amiche/Pinkerton/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: L'imperial Commisario (Goro/Pinkerton/Parenti, amici ed amiche di Butterfly/Butterfly/La cugina/La madre/La zia/Yakusidé/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Vieni, amor mio! (Pinkerton/Butterfly/Goro)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Leri son salita tutta sola (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Tutti zitti! (Goro/Il commissario/Le amiche/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Auguri molti (Il commissario/Pinkerton/Sharpless/L'ufficiale/Le amiche/La cugina/La madre)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Cio-cio-san! Abbominazione! (Bonzo/Butterfly/Parenti, amici ed amiche/Goro/Pinkerton/Yakusidé)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Bimba, non piangere (Pinkerton/Le amiche/Butterfly/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Viene la sera (Pinkerton/Butterfly/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Bimba dagli occhi pieni di malia (Pinkerton/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 1: Vogliatemi bene, un bene piccolino (Butterfly/Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Orchestra
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: E lzaghi ed lzanami (Suzuki/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Un bel di vedremo (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: C'è. Entrate (Goro/Sharpless/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Non lo sapete insomnia (Butterfly/Sharpless/Goro/Yamadori)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Ora a noi (Sharpless/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Due cose potrei far (Sharpless/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Ah! m'ha scordata? (Butterfly Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Sai cos'ebbe cuore di pensare ... Che tue madre dovrà (Butterfly/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Io scendo al piano (Sharpless/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Vespa! Rospo maledetto! (Suzuki/Goro/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Una nave da guerra (Butterfly/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Scuoti quella frona di cillegio (Butterfly/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Or vienmi ad adornar (Butterfly/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Nello shosi or farem tre forellini (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 1: Coro a bocca chiusa / Humming Chorus
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Orchestra
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Oh eh! oh eh! (Marinai)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Orchestra
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Gia il sole! (Suzuki/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Povera Butterfly (Suzuki/Sharpless/Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Io so che alle sue pene (Sharpless/Pinkerton/Suzuki)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Non ve l'avevo detto? (Sharpless/Pinkerton)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Addio fiorito asil (Pinkerton/Sharpless)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Glielo dirai? (Kate/Suzuki/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Vespa! Voglio che tu risponda (Butterfly/Suzuki/Sharpless/Kate)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Come una mosca progionera (Suzuki/Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Tu? tu piccolo Iddio! (Butterfly)
Madama Butterfly, Act 2, Part 2: Va, gioca, gioca! (Butterfly/Pinkerton)
Overture
Narration: In a garden full of beautiful flowers
Trio: Light as fairy foot can fall
Narration: Watching over Oberon, his sleeping master
Aria: Fatal vow!
Narration: Puck, searching high and low
Vision: O why art thou sleeping, Sir Huon the brave?
Narration: The vision is gone
Ensemble: Honour and Joy
Narration: Huon is sure that his vision...
Aria: From boyhood trained
Narration: So Knight and squire take ship from France
Finale: Haste, gallant knight
Glory
Narration: It is the wedding day...
Dance of the bayaderes
Narration: Reiza whispers anxiously...
Melodrama and Narration: Summoned by the horn
Narration: While Huon and Reiza get ready to leave
Arriette: A Lonely Arab Maid
Narration: All is now set fair...
Quartet: Over the dark blue waters
Narration: But the lovers' troubles...
Solo & Choir: Spirits of air and earth and sea
Narration: On a barren island
Ruler of this awful hour
Narration: Huon has lost the magic horn
Scene & Arie: Ocean thou mighty monster
Narration: What Reiza has seen...
Narration: Alas poor mortal
Narration: Oberon orders Puck
Finale: And hark, the mermaids...Oh is pleasant
Narration: Rescued by corsairs
Lied: O Araby dear
Narration: Sherasimin is entranced
Duet: On the banks
Narration: Puck has magicked...
Terzettino: And I must I then
Narration: But there is no response...
Cavatine: Mourn thou poor heart
Narration: Almanzor is bewitched
"I Revel In Hope"
Narration: Suddenly the curtains part...
Chorus & Ballet: For thee hath beauty
Narration: Huon tries to break free
Almanzor is rooted to the spot...Finale: Hark what notes
Narration: Huon with true heroism
March & Finale


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