“Jonas Kaufman has been confirmed as one of today’s greatest talents. He possesses a sonorous voice, warm and round; his voice projection is easy and homogenous on its full range. He is capable of a thousand nuances, convinces with superb piani and mezzo-tinto, but also with impressive luminous high notes. But above all, the young singer surprised us with a performance of a rare maturity. Pain and anger, love and hope, resignation and despair: Jonas Kaufman was able to express the full range of all the emotions experienced, in turn, by this young man, abandoned by his beloved. For this, he managed to find a perfect equilibrium between words and music.” (ResMusica, 2004, full article here (in French).)
“The most dark, the most passionate Don José for decades,” here’s how critics have described the German tenor Jonas Kaufman after his performance in Carmen at Covent Garden, in London. A dream voice that clutches at the heart and matinee-idol looks: the name of German tenor Jonas Kaufman is on everyone’s lips.
The most prestigious of the world’s opera houses vie for appearances by the man Musical America crowned singer of the year in December 2011, and his Montreal debuts are not to be missed on any account.
Born in Munich in 1969, Jonas Kaufman studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich and took advanced studies with Hans Hotter, James King and Josef Metternich. Winner in 1993 of the “Meistersinger” Competition in Nürnberg, he is shortly aftewards featured in many roles in Munich, allowing him to work with conductors such as Michael Gielen, Helmuth Rilling and Sir Colin Davis. From 1994 to 1996 he is a member of the opera troupe of the Sarbrücken Opera, where he sings Berg, Bizet, Mozart, Offenbach, Ramírez, Strauss, and Verdi.
In parallel to his career as an opera singer, Jonas Kaufman often performs as a recitalist where he is, among others, an outstanding lied singer, accompanied by his accomplice, pianist Helmut Deutsch. Kaufman found in Deutsch a perfect partner, who, in every moment, breathes with the singer, and whose varied and nuanced playing is perfectly in harmony with the Bavarian tenor’s vocal performance.
To hear Jonas Kaufman perform “Die alten bösen Lieder” from the song cycle Dichterliebe op. 48, by German composer Robert Schumann, click here.
To hear Jonas Kaufman perform the Flower Song from Bizet’s opera Carmen, at Milan’s La Scala, click here.
JONAS KAUFMANN, tenor
HELMUT DEUTSCH, piano
Programme : Schubert, Die schöne Müllerin D. 795.
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