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Jonas Kaufmann: Bio

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 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.

Romantic Arias 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. The 2008 Decca CD Romantic Arias, which includes arias from Tosca, La bohème, La Traviata, and other operatic standards, was his first solo recording. His 2013 Verdi Album and 2014 You Mean the World to Me topped both pop and classical charts in Germany and Austria.

1 Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Donna non vidi mai  
2 Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Oh, saro la piu bella! ... Tu, tu, amore? Tu?  
3 Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Ah! Manon mi tradisce  
4 Puccini: Manon Lescaut - Presto! In fila! ... Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son!  
5 Puccini: Le Villi - Ei giunge! ... Torna ai felici di  
6 Puccini: Edgar - Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo  
7 Puccini: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla  
8 Puccini: Tosca - Recondita armonia  
9 Puccini: Madama Butterfly - Addio, fiorito asil  
10 Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West - Una parola sola! ... Or son sei mesi  
11 Puccini: La Fanciulla Del West - Risparmiate lo scherno ... Ch'ella mi creda libero  
12 Puccini: La Rondine - Parigi! E la citta dei desideri  
13 Puccini: Il Tabarro - Hai ben ragione  
14 Puccini: Gianni Schicchi - Avete torto! ... Firenze e come un albero fiorito  
15 Puccini: Turandot - Non piangere, Liu!  
16 Puccini: Turandot - Nessun dorma  
Jonas Kaufmann, short interview
Eva Marton 70th Birthday Gala in Budapest with Jonas Kaufmann 16-06-2013

After years of singing Giacomo Puccini's heroes on stage to vast critical and audience ac­claim, Jonas Kaufmann finally records an album entirely devoted to the world's most-loved opera composer. His new album Nessun dorma will be released on Sony Classical on September 11th and will include a selection of the composer's stupendous tenor arias drawn from Puc­cini's greatest operas, including Turandot, Manon Lescaut, Tosca, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly and La fanciulla del West, amongst others. Spanning the breadth of Puccini's output from the early operas Le Villi and Edgar, the album culminates in the mighty aria "Nessun dorma" from his final opera Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann is joined on this album by Maestro Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and soprano Kristīne Opolais.

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