Jonas Kaufmann

Tenor

Jonas Kaufmann

Born in Munich in 1969, Jonas Kaufmann is one of the most exciting singers of his generation: after spending several years singing lyric roles, he was engaged by the Zürich Opera in 2001, where his role debut as Florestan heralded a move into more dramatic repertoire and attracted widespread critical attention. Numerous important international engagements followed, including an acclaimed Don Jose at Covent Garden in 2006 (available on DVD from Decca). Equally successful in French, Italian and German repertoire, Kaufmann's versatility is showcased in 'Romantic Arias', his debut disc for Decca, which was nominated for a Gramophone Award in 2008. His disc of German operatic arias for the same label demonstrates his particular affinity for Beethoven, Weber and especially Wagner.

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Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

Du bist die Welt für mich (You mean the world to me)

A live performance from Berlin and the 'Berlin 1930' TV Documentary


The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary. NB German-language documentary

Accompanying the new album, the DVD & Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.

Filmed live at Berlin’s majestic Funkhaus Nalepastraße.

The DVD & Blu-ray also include the “Berlin 1930” TV Documentary. Jonas Kaufmann traces the paths of the great singers and composers who defined this celebrated era. Through his personal exploration of old Berlin, interwoven with archival film footage and private interviews, he presents a fascinating look at the social and political currents that influenced this music and ultimately the musicians' lives.

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Du bist die Welt für mich

Du bist die Welt für mich

(You mean the world to me) Blu-ray


The world’s greatest tenor presents an evening of melodies from a golden era + an engrossing documentary.

Accompanying the new album, the DVD & Blu-ray “Du bist die Welt für mich - Live Performance from Berlin”. Jonas dedicates an evening to the glorious tunes made famous by the tenor stars of Berlin’s legendary heyday.

Filmed live at Berlin’s majestic Funkhaus Nalepastraße.

The DVD & Blu-ray also include the “Berlin 1930” TV Documentary. Jonas Kaufmann traces the paths of the great singers and composers who defined this celebrated era. Through his personal exploration of old Berlin, interwoven with archival film footage and private interviews, he presents a fascinating look at the social and political currents that influenced this music and ultimately the musicians' lives.

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Du bist die Welt für mich

Du bist die Welt für mich

(You mean the world to me) Super-deluxe version


 

It Must Be Wonderful

Abraham:

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände (from Victor und ihr Husar)

Diwanpüppchen (from Die Blume von Hawaii)

Heymann:

Irgendwo auf der Welt (from Der Blonde Traum)

Kalman:

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Künneke, Eduard:

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk (from Die Grosse Sünderin)

Lehár:

Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt (from Paganini)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett (Serenade from Frasquita)

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

May, H:

Ein Lied geht um die Welt

Spoliansky:

Heute Nacht oder nie (from Das Lied einer Nacht)

Stolz, R:

Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt (from Das Liebeskommando)

Frag nicht, warum ich gehe (from Das lied ist aus)

Tauber:

Du bist die Welt für mich


LP Format Boxset

International Jewel Case Version

Signed picture of Jonas

2 Postcards & Calendar

DVD of the Berlin Concert

Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935.

He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally.

Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.


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“Kaufmann’s affinity with this material goes far beyond his matinee-idol image...He must surely have one of the widest dynamic ranges of any singer around, which pays especially rich rewards in this music: the ‘crooner’ numbers never sound either oversung or undersupported, even in the upper reaches of the voice...For me, though, it’s the big dramatic showpieces that really bring the house down” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2014

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You Mean the World to Me

You Mean the World to Me


Abraham:

Reich mir zum Abschied noch einmal die Hände (from Victor und ihr Husar)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Diwanpüppchen (from Die Blume von Hawaii)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Benatsky:

Es muss was wunderbares sein

It Would Be Wonderful Indeed

Heymann:

Irgendwo auf der Welt (from Der Blonde Traum)

Kalman:

Grüß mir mein Wien (from Gräfin Mariza)

Korngold:

Glück, das mir verbleib 'Marietta's Lied' (from Die Tote Stadt)

Julia Kleiter (soprano)

Künneke, Eduard:

Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk (from Die Grosse Sünderin)

Lehár:

Gern hab' ich die Frau'n geküßt (from Paganini)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

You Are My Heart's Delight

Hab' ein blaues Himmelbett (Serenade from Frasquita)

My Little Nest of Heavenly Blue

Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert (from Giuditta)

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz (from Das Land des Lächelns)

sung as 'Je t'ai donné mon coeur'

May, H:

Ein Lied geht um die Welt

My Song Goes Around The World

Spoliansky:

Heute Nacht oder nie (from Das Lied einer Nacht)

Stolz, R:

Im Traum hast Du mir alles erlaubt (from Das Liebeskommando)

Frag nicht, warum ich gehe (from Das lied ist aus)

Don't Ask Me Why

Tauber:

Du bist die Welt für mich


Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Jonas dedicates his new album to the golden era of German music which flourished in Berlin between 1925 & 1935. He shows an undeniable mastery of this demanding repertoire, which was written for the leading tenors of the time.

‘Lied vom Leben des Schrenk’ by Künneke in particular has only been recorded 3 times before and is hugely challenging vocally. Jonas draws inspiration from an artistically rich and fascinating time of European musical history. The repertoire ranges from the Lehár-Tauber-Hits of the Roaring Twenties until the heyday of the mid 1930s which saw the eventual expulsion and banning of the composers, lyricists and singers who had defined the genre.

The repertoire draws from 3 strands of musical history (Talking movies, Operetta and Polystylistic composers) and shows Jonas’ voice at its most flexible.

The album naturally also includes operetta evergreens by the unbeatable composer-tenor pairing of Franz Lehàr and Richard Tauber – including “Dein ist mein ganzes Herz”, “Hab’ ein blaues Himmelbett ” and “Gern hab ich die Frauen geküßt”.

Jonas’ favoured encores - Richard Tauber’s famous self-penned “Du bist die Welt für mich” and “Ein Lied geht um die Welt” made famous by Joseph Schmidt in the movie of the same title - are also included.

“Kaufmann’s affinity with this material goes far beyond his matinee-idol image...He must surely have one of the widest dynamic ranges of any singer around, which pays especially rich rewards in this music: the ‘crooner’ numbers never sound either oversung or undersupported, even in the upper reaches of the voice...For me, though, it’s the big dramatic showpieces that really bring the house down.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 15th September 2014

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

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Bizet: Carmen

Bizet: Carmen


Vesselina Kasarova (Carmen), Jonas Kaufmann (Don José), Isabel Rey (Micaela), Michele Pertusi (Escamillo)

Chor der Oper Zürich & Philharmonia Zurich, Franz Welser-Möst

In 2008 the Opernhaus Zurich staged this magnificent production starring virtuoso tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Don José and the Bulgarian Vesselina Kasarova as the flirtatious prima-donna of the title role. Mezzo-soprano Kasarova is dazzling as the tough-as-nails, beautifully unsentimental heroine – think classic Sophia Loren meets West Side Story.

Kaufmann, in the guise of a Spanish police officer, brilliantly portrays the blustering but naive Don José as a modern contrast of hard-edged machismo and out-of-his-depths vulnerability.

Director Matthias Hartmann refreshed one of the greatest and most popular operas of all time with touches of a contemporary setting and costume designs that emphasize the timeless archetypes of the characters. This production of Carmen enthralled audiences with the visceral physical quality of the performances, enhanced by a single panoramic set for all four acts that is stripped of the traditional Spanish styling.

Kaufmann superbly presents Don José as awkward, socially inept and doomed for disillusionment. Kasarova’s Carmen commands attention with a soft and sensual exterior that hides her ruthless and sinister heart in plain view.

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DVD Format: NTSC • Duration: 166 mins • Sound: 1 LPCM Stereo • 2 DTS Digital 5.1 Surround Subtitles: French (sung language), English, German

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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther


Jonas Kaufmann (Werther), Sophie Koch (Charlotte), Ludovic Tézier (Albert), Anne-Catherine Gillet (Sophie)

Orchestre e Chœur de l'Opéra National de Paris, Michel Plasson, Stage direction: Benoît Jacquot

Originally released on DVD in October 2010, Werther is the first in a series of new BLU-RAY transfers planned for 2014.

Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of Massenet's sublime adaptation of Goethe's revolutionary and tragic romance, opposite Sophie Koch as Charlotte. The original DVD received a host of outstanding international reviews.

“Kaufmann's singing...is rich and often extremely beautiful...[Koch] is a touching and dignified Charlotte...the playing is thoughtful and intense, and every care is taken over detail” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“[on DVD] it comes beautifully to life, with Sophie Koch’s Charlotte much more involving in close-up than she was at a distance and Jonas Kaufmann an absolute dream of a Werther. Their scorching Act 3 duet will simply blow your head off.” The Telegraph, 2nd December 2011

“Soulful eyes, charismatic, a heartfelt voice: Kaufmann makes a perfect Werther, and Koch is a worthy partner in Benoit Jacques's staging. The only blot is the camera's visits backstage.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2014 *****

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Production from The Met

Stage direction: Des McAnuff

Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.

”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar… was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.” The New York Times.

Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances.

Alongside Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” René Pape as Méphistophélès and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Also released in March 2014 is Werther on Blu-Ray featuring Jonas Kaufmann.

Subtitles: English, French, German, Chinese, Korean

“Here the Met plays a fistful of trumps. Jonas Kaufmann is an ardent Faust and, in smart evening clothes, is as stylish sartorially as he is vocally...Pape is a wickedly cynical Mephistopheles...But the star is Marina Poplavskaya's Marguerite...[she] makes you hear the Ballad of the King of Thule, the Jewel aria and the love duet as if the ink was scarcely dry on the page.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Gounod: Faust

Gounod: Faust


Jonas Kaufmann (Faust), René Pape (Méphistophélès), Marina Poplavskaya (Marguerite), Russell Braun (Valentin), Jonathan Beyer (Wagner), Michèle Losier (Siébel), Wendy White (Marthe)

Orchestra & Chorus of The Metropolitan Opera, Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Production from The Met

Stage direction: Des McAnuff

Jonas Kaufmann leads an all-star cast in a thrilling performance of Gounod’s melodrama.

”Mr. Kaufmann, a Met superstar… was a handsome, vocally splendid Faust. He sang the pensive and romantic passages with veiled dusky colorings and tender lyricism, and unleashed pent-up power in full-bodied phrases, capped by fearless high notes.” The New York Times.

Double Tony Award winning stage director Desmond McAnuff’s production, hailed by the New York Times as “rich with ideas and theatrically daring”, presents Faust as an atomic scientist inhabiting a dark world shot through with Cold War resonances.

Alongside Kaufmann, a typically gold-standard Met cast includes the “phenomenal” René Pape as Méphistophélès and the “ideally-suited” Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite.

Star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin draws an “elegant, darkly textured performance” from the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Also released in March 2014 is Werther on Blu-Ray featuring Jonas Kaufmann.

“Here the Met plays a fistful of trumps. Jonas Kaufmann is an ardent Faust and, in smart evening clothes, is as stylish sartorially as he is vocally...Pape is a wickedly cynical Mephistopheles...But the star is Marina Poplavskaya's Marguerite...[she] makes you hear the Ballad of the King of Thule, the Jewel aria and the love duet as if the ink was scarcely dry on the page” BBC Music Magazine, July 2014 ****

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Following the success of Jonas Kaufmann’s debut album on Sony Classical, The Verdi Album, Sony Classical are pleased to release its first recital disc with the world’s top tenor. Along with Franz Schubert’s earlier song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin, Winterreise is generally considered the composer’s greatest contribution to the Lied repertoire. The Winterreise song cycle (Winter Journey) is set to 24 poems by the poet Wilhelm Müller and was completed by Schubert a year before his death in 1827. After over 20 years of working together and countless performances of Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and his piano-partner Helmut Deutsch finally commit the Olympus of the Lied repertoire to disc. What started as a teacher-student relationship at the Münchner Hochschule für Musik und Theater has long since developed into a close professional partnership. Helmut Deutsch is recognised as one of the world's foremost Lieder pianists.

Jonas Kaufmann says about the work: “Against the background of all the horror stories that bombard us today, we are undoubtedly rather more hardened than Schubert’s contemporaries and yet even today’s listeners can still find this cycle affecting. Even as interpreters we always find ourselves sucked into the emotional undertow of these songs, although we know perfectly well what to expect. I think that Winterreise has the same sort of cathartic effect as a Greek drama: the emotional experience purges the soul. The work has an almost meditative effect on me, because Schubert expressed these emotional depths with a clarity and a simplicity that I ultimately find consoling and that allows me to regain my own inner balance.”

Following worldwide success in the Italian as well as in the German and French repertoire, today Jonas Kaufmann is regarded as the ‘king of tenors’. The Munich-born singer is, without a doubt, in the absolute top echelon of the operatic world – he is in extreme demand with the world’s most influential conductors and opera houses, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance, wherever he performs.

In addition to singing at the world’s leading opera houses (the Met, Scala, Vienna State Opera, Opéra de Paris, Royal Opera House London etc.), he also performs at the Salzburg Festival each year and reaches an audience of millions with broadcasts of opera in cinemas and on television.

In 2011 he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Specialist journals such as Opernwelt, Diapason and Musical America, as well as the jury of the German ECHO Klassik, voted Kaufmann “Singer of the Year”. He received this honour in April at the first International Opera Awards in London and was at the same time the winner of the Readers’ Award. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. His constant accompanist on the piano is Helmut Deutsch, with whom he has worked since they studied together in Munich. Among their countless lieder evenings, 30 October 2011 was a special date in musical history: it was the first solo recital to be given in the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994.

Austrian born pianist Helmut Deutsch taught at the Musikhochschule Wien between 1967 and 1979, before holding the position of Professor of Lied Song at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München between 1986 & 2011. He regularly is invited to guest professor at various Universities. He is one of the leading authorities on Lied, and has won many prizes for his numerous recordings accompanying the world's top singers.

“Kaufmann has come to this music at the right time...Each of these 24 songs is stamped with integrity and seriousness of purpose...The most striking qualities are its artless simplicity, its vocal poise and sheer musicality, drawing maximum purchase on the dark beauty of Kaufmann’s timbre.” Financial Times, 22nd February 2014 *****

“For sheer vocal splendour, Jonas Kaufmann is unrivalled in Winterreise since Jon Vickers...[his] combination of vocal beauty and verbal sensitivity (his diction always a model), and the fastidiously textured and coloured playing of Helmut Deutsch, make this new recording an important addition to the vast Winterreise discography.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2014

“Recordings of this cycle by dramatic tenors are few and far between, and the result is staggering - as if Don José or Otello had decided against homicide in favour of raging through the snow!” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

“Even shelves heaving with Winter’s Journeys should find space for Kaufmann’s...Few tenor versions of this great cycle are sung with such depth of tone, so wide a spectrum of colours or such a poetic a response to Müller’s texts. In Deutsch, Kaufmann has an ideal travelling companion.” Sunday Times, 23rd February 2014

“There are plentiful examples of [Kaufmann's] artistry in his Winterreise, especially of his perfectly judged pianissimo singing and apparently infinite range of shading, while pianist Helmut Deutsch provides tactful support. But it's still all just a bit too theatrical” The Guardian, 28th February 2014 ***

“febrile, emphatic, close to melodrama.” The Observer, 16th March 2014 ****

“the German tenor’s stage experience shows in his vivid emotions and searing fortissimos. Lieder skills come through even more strongly. Words are clearly enunciated. Dynamics are carefully graded, along with the arc of each song. There’s also his close rapport with the responsive Deutsch...Flexibility and textual clarity are the two assets that put this Winterreise in the top class.” The Times, 21st February 2014

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