The German tenor – best known for his
high-pitched spinto roles but
phenomenally versatile in repertoire – has captivated audiences the world over.
Since his 2004 Covent Garden debut in La Rondine, his every appearance in the UK has sold out.
In 2017, as part of their new season, the
Barbican Centre is providing audiences with three opportunities to catch this
genuine superstar. The Kaufmann Residency promises to be one of the classical
highlights of the year.
The trio of evening appearances in the
Barbican Hall provide the backbone of the series. On 4 Feb, he will share a
stage with his friend Helmut Deutsch for a stripped down evening of voice and
piano. Although the line-up has yet be announced, given the Germanic tilt of
the following dates it looks likely that this engagement will focus on the
Italian roles that have so far defined his theatrical career. Expect arias from Verdi,
Puccini and their peers.
The second night, on 8 Feb, sees Kaufman
perform on an altogether larger scale. The London Symphony Orchestra will be joined
by the Royal Opera’s Antonio Pappano for a programme devoted to Wagner.
Along with soprano Karita Mattila and bass Erik Halfvarson, Kaufmann will
embark on the entire first act of Die
Walküre (1870), the second part of the Ring Cycle. It will be preceded by the evergreen prelude to Tristan and Isolde (1857-9) and the
five-part Wesendonck Lieder (1857-8).
The residency ends on 13 Feb with a concert accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Under conductor Johann Reider, the ensemble
will play Korngold’s Schauspiel Overture (1911),
Elgar’s In the South (1903-4) and Richard Strauss’ Symphonic Interludes from
Intermezzo (1924). The latter composer forms the cornerstone of Kaufmann’s
own performance, which includes the Four
Last Songs (1948), along with earlier works by Strauss. Originally composed
for soprano, these mordant lieder should be the perfect showcase for Kaufmann’s
While the series is currently sold out, it is worth contacting the box office for returns
|What||Jonas Kaufmann Residency, Barbican Centre|
|Where||Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
04 Feb 17 – 13 Feb 17, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|