This is bound to be one of the best musical Christmas gifts when the tenor with the dazzling smile and superb technique performs live with Aalborg Symphony Orchestra for an audience in a festive mood at Musikkens Hus.
Jonas Kauffmann has long since conquered the international opera scene (and the hearts of many women) with his dark and warm voice. If any, he masters the passionate Italian repertoire as well as the more lyric German and French opera traditions.
Apart from an unusual range from the high register of the tenor to the basic sound of the baritone, Jonas Kaufmann is famous for his stage performances of an intensity rarely seen. In fact, prominent music media have predicted that he will succeed Rolando Villazon, Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti as the world's greatest tenor.
In other words, there is plenty to look forward to when he goes on stage at Musikkens Hus with a programme that is bound to bring out the Christmas spirit in the every member of the audience.
The programme of the evening will be announced on this site as soon as possible.
Jonas Kaufmann, b. 1969, German tenor. Jonas Kaufmann graduated from Hochschule für Musik in Munich in 1994. The same year he was engaged at Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and from 1996 a number of engagements followed as opera and concert singer in Germany and abroad. In 2001, he got a permanent engagement at Opernhaus Zürich, and in 2006 he performed for the very first time at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the part of Guiseppe in Verdi's La Traviata.
The CDs recorded by Jonas Kaufmann include, among others, Richard Strauss Lieder (2006, Gramophone Awards 2007), the critically awarded Sehnsucht (2009) featuring opera arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and Richard Wagner followed by a recording of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (2009). In 2013, the CD “Wagner” was released, containing nothing but Kaufmann's interpretations of Wagner, such as parts from Tannhäuser, Rienzi, Die Meistersänger, Die Walküre, Lohengrin, Siegfried and the five Wesendonck-Lieder accompanied by Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin and directed by Donald Runnicles (b. 1954). Jonas Kaufmann's and Helmut Deutsch's interpretation of Franz Schubert's lied-cycle Winterreise was released in 2014.
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