Jonas Kaufmann

Jonas Kaufmann
Kaufmann, La Scala, 2015
Born (1969-07-10) 10 July 1969 (age 54)
Munich, West Germany
OccupationOperatic tenor
Years active1994–present

Jonas Kaufmann (born July 10, 1969) is a German-Austrian tenor opera singer. He is best known for the versatility of his repertoire, performing a variety of opera roles in multiple languages in recital and concert each season. Some of his standout roles include Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca, Maurizio in Adriana Lecouvreur, Don Alvaro in La forza del destino, Siegmund in Die Walküre, and the title roles in Parsifal, Werther, Don Carlos, and Lohengrin. In 2014 The New York Times described Kaufmann as "a box-office draw, and... the most important, versatile tenor of his generation."

Early life and education

Kaufmann was born in Munich. His father worked for an insurance company, and his mother was a kindergarten teacher. He had one older sister. He started studying piano when he was eight, and he sang in his elementary school choir. Although he studied for mathematics entrance exams, in the summer of 1989 he began his vocal training at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. While he was studying, he sang some small roles at the Bavarian State Opera. He graduated from university in 1994, achieving distinctions in both opera and concert performances.

In 1995, Kaufmann received help from American baritone Michael Rhodes, who taught him a "new way of singing" and how to become "more relaxed in my voice and in myself." In Kaufmann's book Meinen die wirklich mich? he said, "To find a Michael Rhodes that can really help you and bring you to success is really a great stroke of luck."


Emily Magee as Ariadne and Kaufmann as Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, at the Salzburg Festival of 2012

He began his professional career at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken in 1994 and was soon invited to make debuts in German theaters such as the Stuttgart Opera and Hamburg State Opera, as well as international debuts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Opéra National de Paris, and La Scala. He made his Salzburg Festival debut in 1999 in a new production of Busoni's Doktor Faust and returned there in 2003 as Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and for concerts of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonic.

He performed the role of Don José in Bizet's Carmen, to critical acclaim, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2006/7. He made his debut as Alfredo in Verdi's La traviata at the Metropolitan Opera alongside Angela Gheorghiu in 2006, also to critical acclaim, and also sang the role at the Met in 2007 and 2008, and at the Royal Opera House in 2008. In May 2008, he played Cavaradossi in Puccini's Tosca at Covent Garden, yet again to critical acclaim.

In 2008/9, he performed in Massenet's Manon in Chicago opposite Natalie Dessay and in the title role of a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin at the Bavarian State Opera. He also sang Lohengrin on the opening night of the Bayreuth Festival in 2010, in a production staged by Hans Neuenfels and conducted by Andris Nelsons.

His debut recording with Decca, Romantic Arias, was released in January 2008. He has also recorded a Schubert song cycle on the same label and the role of Pinkerton in Puccini's Madama Butterfly for EMI.

In January 2010, he took the title role in Massenet's Werther at the Opéra Bastille in Paris. The performance was recorded and released on DVD in November 2010.

In April 2011, he returned to the Metropolitan Opera as Siegmund in Robert Lepage's new production of Wagner's Die Walküre. In September 2011, he underwent surgery to remove a lymph node from his chest. In December, he was back, performing the title role in Gounod's Faust.

On 15 February 2013, Kaufmann made his first appearance in the title role of Wagner's Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera. His performance received rave reviews from critics. In July of that year he was named a Kammersänger of the Bavarian State Opera by the Bavarian Ministry of Arts. In December he sang the role of Don Alvaro in Verdi's La forza del destino with the company.

In February 2014, Kaufmann sang the title role in Massenet's Werther at the Met. He followed this by touring with Schubert's song cycle Winterreise with Helmut Deutsch. In June 2014, he made his debut in the role of Des Grieux in Puccini's Manon Lescaut at the Royal Opera House in London. That November he sang the same role in another production of Manon Lescaut at the Bavarian State Opera.

On 12 September 2015, Kaufmann became the first German singer to perform the British patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!" at the Last Night of The Proms.

On 23 February 2016, the documentary Jonas Kaufmann: An Evening with Puccini was released in selected theaters in the United States. The film centered around Kaufmann's 2015 performance at La Scala in Milan and featured rare archive footage.[needs update]

In 2018, Kaufmann made his debut as Tristan in concert performances of the second act of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde.

In 2019, the concert stage saw Kaufmann tour Germany with Mahler's “Lied von der Erde”, and performances from his “L'Opéra” CD. Operatic highlights include Fidelio and Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper; La Forza del destino at the Royal Opera House in London; Andrea Chenier in Sydney and Melbourne and a new production of Die Tote Stadt in Munich.

Highlights from 2020 included a tour of Kaufmann's album "Mein Wien", Aida at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli; Don Carlos at the Wiener Staatsoper; La Bohème at the Bayerische Staatsoper; and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli.

In 2021, Kaufmann gave recitals in Madrid and Vienna; sung in new productions of Aida in Paris and Parsifal in Vienna; and had his full role debut as Tristan at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Kaufmann also embarked on a tour of North America, accompanied by pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Kaufmann commenced the year 2022 with a role debut as the titular role in Britten's Peter Grimes at the Wiener Staatsoper. In March 2022, a studio recording of Turandot was organized by Antonio Pappano at the Santa Cecilia auditorium. Jonas Kaufmann sang the role of Calaf for the first time there alongside Sondra Radvanovsky in the title role. A public concert was performed on 12 March 2022 in Rome. After Turandot Kaufmann undertakes a tour of eleven concerts of Lieder by Brahms and Schumann with Diana Damrau and her usual pianist Helmut Deutsch, in various European cities, including Berlin, Munich, Paris, London. He made his role debut as Calaf (Turandot) in Rome with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia orchestra, conducted by Pappano, performed Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca) at Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the title role in Lohengrin at Melbourne Opera, and made his operatic debut at the Arena di Verona, performing Radames in Aida.

To begin the 2022/23 season, Kaufmann returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper to perform the title role in Britten's Peter Grimes. To commence the New Year, he performed the role of Radames in Verdi's Aida at the Wiener Staatsoper alongside Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča. At the Wiener Staatsoper he also performed the title role in Andrea Chenier, which he later performed at La Scala. He made his role debut as the title-role in Tannhäuser at the Salzburger Osterfestspiele, and also performed the title role in Werther at the Royal Opera House. On the concert stage, he performed several recitals in Europe and in South America.

During the 2023/24 season, Kaufmann performed the world premiere of Doppelgänger in New York’s Park Avenue Armory with Helmut Deutsch, directed by Claus Guth. He then returned to the Wiener Staatsoper to perform the role of Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot alongside Asmik Grigorian in the title role.

Personal life

Kaufmann has been married twice. His first marriage to mezzo-soprano Margarete Joswig produced three children, and ended in divorce. His second marriage is to the opera director Christiane Lutz. The couple married in late 2018, and have a child, born in March 2019.

Kaufmann has German and Austrian dual citizenship, with Austrian citizenship awarded to him in Feb. 2021. His current main residence is in Salzburg.



Year Album Credits Peak positions
2001 Der Vampyr Jonas Kaufmann / Franz Hawlata / Regina Klepper / Anke Hoffmann / Markus Marquardt / Thomas Dewald / Yoo-Chang Nah / WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln & Helmuth Froschauer  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
2006 Strauss Lieder Jonas Kaufmann / Piano Helmut Deutsch  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
2008 Romantic Arias Jonas Kaufmann / Prague Philharmonic Orchestra / Marco Armiliato 31  –  – 148  –  –  –
2008 Puccini: Madama Butterfly Angela Gheorghiu / Jonas Kaufmann / Enkeleida Shkosa / Fabio Capitanucci / Orchestra e Coro dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma / Antonio Pappano  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
2009 Sehnsucht Jonas Kaufmann / Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Claudio Abbado 48  –  – 119  –  –  –
2010 Schubert – Die schöne Müllerin Jonas Kaufmann  –  –  – 133  –  –  –
Verismo Arias Jonas Kaufmann 51  –  – 68  –  –  –
2011 Die Superstars der Klassik – Singen die schönsten Opernarien Erwin Schrott / Anna Netrebko / Jonas Kaufmann 34 1  –  –  –  –  –
2012 Königskinder – Engelbert Humperdinck Jonas Kaufmann / Isabel Rey  –  –  –  –  –  –  –
2013 Wagner Kaufmann / Runnicles / Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin 43 30 99 76  –  –  –
Verdi Requiem Anja Harteros / Elīna Garanča / Jonas Kaufmann / René Pape / Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala / Daniel Barenboim 37 51  –  –  –  –  –
Best of Jonas Kaufmann  –  – 148  –  –  –  –
Jonas Kaufmann Jonas Kaufmann  – 59  – 145  –  –  –
The Verdi Album Jonas Kaufmann 16 7 120 53 58 55 100
2014 Winterreise Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch 38 22 111 87 1 73  –
Du bist die Welt für mich Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Kleiter (soprano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, conductor: Jochen Rieder 11 9  – 84  – 55  –
2015 The Age of Puccini Jonas Kaufmann  – 56  –  –  –  –  –
Nessun Dorma – The Puccini Album Jonas Kaufmann 10 8 161 23  – 26 22
Aida Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Ludovic Tézier, Erwin Schrott, Antonio Pappano & Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 55 74  –  –  –  –  –
2016 Dolce Vita Jonas Kaufmann 7 7
42 38 37
26  –
2017 Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde Jonas Kaufmann 26 43 136 122 78
88  –
L'Opéra Jonas Kaufmann 26 13 102 56
50  –
2018 Eine italienische Nacht – Live aus der Waldbühne Berlin Jonas Kaufmann 29 36
 –  – 88
 –  –
2019 Wien Jonas Kaufmann, Vienna Philharmonic and Ádám Fischer 10 2 131 130
34 2
2020 Verdi: Otello Jonas Kaufmann, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia 30 24  –  –  – 34  –
Selige Stunde Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch 28 9  –  –  – 61  –
Sommernachtskonzert 2020 Jonas Kaufmann, Valery Gergiev, der Wiener Philharmoniker  – 13  –  –  –  –  –
It's Christmas! Jonas Kaufmann 6 2 95  –  – 19  –
2021 Liszt – Freudvoll und Leidvoll Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
It's Christmas – Extended Edition Jonas Kaufmann
2022 The Tenor Jonas Kaufmann, Helmut Deutsch
2022 Insieme Jonas Kaufmann, Ludovic Tézier, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
2023 Turandot Jonas Kaufmann, Ermonela Jaho, Michele Pertusi, Michael Spyres, Sondra Radvanovsky, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano
2023 The Sound of Movies Jonas Kaufmann
2024 Parsifal Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanca, Ludovic Tézier, Georg Zeppenfeld, Philippe Jordan
"–" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



As Paul with Marlis Petersen as Marietta in Die tote Stadt, Bavarian State Opera 2019

Kaufmann's repertoire includes the following:


Work Role Venue
Bellini: Norma Flavio Solothurn (1996)
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur Maurizio Deutsche Oper Berlin (2010)
London, London, Royal Opera House (2010)
New York, Carnegie Hall (2011)
Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore Nemorino Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Giordano: Andrea Chenier Andrea Chenier London, London, Royal Opera House (2015)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2017)
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (2017)
Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu (2018)
Wiener Staatsoper (2018)
Sydney Opera House (2018)
Arts Centre Melbourne Hamer Hall (2018)
Mascagni/Leoncavallo: Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci Turiddu/Canio Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus (2015)
Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana Turiddu Napoli, Teatro San Carlo (2020)
Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea Nerone Opernhaus Zürich (2005)
London, Royal Festival Hall (2005)
Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria Telemaco Opernhaus Zürich (2002)
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito Tito Stadttheater Klagenfurt (1999)
Madrid, Teatro Real (1999)
Salzburger Festspiele (2003)
Opernhaus Zürich (2005)
London, Royal Festival Hall (2005)
Mozart: Così fan tutte Ferrando Teatro Piccolo Milano (1998, 1999)
Staatsoper Hamburg (2000)
Wiesbaden, Maifestspiele (2000)
Oper Frankfurt (2000)
Tokyo (2000)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2001)
Opernhaus Zürich (2005)
Mozart: Don Giovanni Don Ottavio Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Bad Lauchstädt, Goethetheater (1996)
Mozart: Idomeneo Idomeneo Staatstheater Kassel (2001)
Opernhaus Zürich (2003)
Mozart: Lo sposo deluso K. 430, Symphony No. 9 D. 944 Pulchiero Staatstheater Kassel (2001)
Opernhaus Zürich (2003)
Paer: Leonora Florestano Opernhaus Zürich (2000)
Theater Winterthur (2000)
Paisiello: Nina Lindoro, Hirt Opernhaus Zürich (2002)
Puccini: La bohème Rodolfo Staatsoper Stuttgart (2004)
Opernhaus Zürich (2007, 2011)
Staatsoper Berlin (2008)
Großes Festspielhaus (2012)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2020)
Puccini: La fanciulla del West Dick Johnson Wiener Staatsoper (2013)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2018)

Bayerische Staatsoper (2022)

Puccini: Turandot Calaf Accademia Santa Cecilia
Roma, Santa Cecilia, 2022.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut Des Grieux London, Royal Opera House (2014)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2014, 2015)
Puccini: La rondine Ruggero London, Royal Opera House (2004)
Puccini: Tosca Cavaradossi London, Royal Opera House (2008, 2011)
Opernhaus Zürich (2009)
Wiener Staatsoper (2009, 2016, 2017)
Deutsche Oper Berlin (2009)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2010)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2010, 2013, 2016)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (2011)
Staatsoper Hamburg (2018)

Teatro di San Carlo (2022)

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia Almaviva Staatsoper Stuttgart (1999, 2000, 2001)
Verdi: Aida Radames Roma, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (2015)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2015)
Napoli, Teatro San Carlo / Piazza Plebiscito (2020)
Paris, Opéra Bastille (2021)

Arena di Verona (2022)

Verdi: Don Carlo Don Carlo Opernhaus Zürich (2007)
London, Royal Opera House (2009, 2013)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2012, 2013)
Salzburger Festspiele (2013)
Verdi: Falstaff Fenton Opernhaus Zürich (2005)
Verdi: La forza del destino Alvaro Bayerische Staatsoper München (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017)
London, Royal Opera House (2019)
Verdi: I masnadieri Carlo Filderstadt, Herbstliche Musiktage (2005)
Verdi: Rigoletto Duca Opernhaus Zürich (2005, 2007)
Verdi: Otello Cassio Lyric Opera of Chicago (2001)
Paris, Opéra Bastille (2004)
Verdi: Otello Otello London, Royal Opera House (2017)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2018, 2019)
Verdi: La traviata Alfredo Staatsoper Stuttgart (2000, 2005. 2006)
Lyric Opera of Chicago (2003)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2006, 2007, 2008)
Opernhaus Zürich (2007, 2009)
Paris, Palais Garnier (2007)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (2007)
London, Royal Opera House (2008)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2009)
Verdi: La traviata Gastone Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Solothurn (1996)
Verdi: Il trovatore Manrico Bayerische Staatsoper München (2013)


Work Role Venue
Berlioz: La damnation de Faust Faust Dresden, Musikfest (2002)
Bruxelles, La Monnaie (2002)
Amsterdam, Concertgebouw (2002)
Genève, Grand Théâtre (2003)
Berlin, Philharmonie (2003)
Zürich, Tonhalle (2003)
Bochum, Jahrhunderthalle (2004)
Roma, Accademia di Santa Cecilia (2006)
Wiener Staatsoper (2012)
Paris, Opéra Bastille (2015)
Bizet: Carmen Don José London, Royal Opera House (2007)
Opernhaus Zürich (2008)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (2009)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2010)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2010, 2011)
Salzburger Festspiele (2012)
Berlin, Philharmonie (2012)
Chorégies d’Orange (2015)
Staatsoper Hamburg (2019)
Bizet: Carmen Remandado Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1994, 1996)
Solothurn (1996)
Gounod: Faust Faust Opernhaus Zürich (2005)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2011)
Massenet: Manon Des Grieux Lyric Opera of Chicago (2008)
Wiener Staatsoper (2009)
London, Royal Opera House (2014)
Massenet: Werther Werther Paris, Opéra Bastille (2010)
Wiener Staatsoper (2011)
Mannheim, Nationaltheater (2013)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2014)
Thomas: Mignon Wilhelm Toulouse, Capitole (2001)
Verdi: Don Carlos Don Carlos Paris, Opéra Bastille (2017)
Wiener Staatsoper (2020)


Work Role Venue
Beethoven: Fidelio Florestan Rheingau Musikfestival (2002)
Stuttgart, Liederhalle (2002)
Bonn, Beethovenhalle (2002)
Opernhaus Zürich (2007, 2008)
Paris, Opéra Garnier (2008)
Luzern, Festival (2010)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2010, 2011, 2019)
Les Arts de Valencia (2011)
Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (2012)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (2014)
Salzburger Festspiele (2015)
London, Royal Opera House (2020)

Grafenegg Festival (2022) Gastaad Festival (2022)

Beethoven: Fidelio Jaquino Staatsoper Stuttgart (1998, 1999)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (1999)
Berg: Wozzeck Andres Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1994, 1996)
Busoni: Doktor Faust Student Salzburger Festspiele (1999)
Humperdinck: Die Königskinder Königssohn Montpellier Corum (2005)
Opernhaus Zürich (2007, 2010)
Korngold: Die tote Stadt Paul Bayerische Staatsoper München (2019)
Loewe: Drei Wünsche Hassan Bad Urach (1996)
Pfalztheater Kaiserlautern (1996)
Offenbach: Die beiden Blinden Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1996)
Mozart: Die Entführung auf dem Serail Belmonte Bruxelles, La Monnaie (1999)
Opernhaus Zürich (2002)
Salzburg, Kleines Festspielhaus (2003)
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte Tamino München, Prinzregententheater (1994)
Stadttheater Würzburg (1997)
Opernhaus Zürich (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005)
Salzburger Landestheater (2000)
Berlin, Komische Oper (2002, 2003)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2005)
Wiener Staatsoper (2006)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2006)
Opernhaus Zürich (2007)
Staatstheater Wiesbaden (2007)
Schönberg: Moses und Aron Jüngling Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1996)
Schubert: Fierrabras Fierrabras Opernhaus Zürich (2002, 2005, 2006)
Wiener Konzerthaus (2005)
Paris, Théâtre du Chatelet (2006)
Schubert: Des Teufels Lustschloß Oswald Jagdschloß Kranichstein (1997)
Schubring: Cyrano de Bergerac Christian de Neuvillette Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Strauss II: Eine Nacht in Venedig Caramello Regensburg (1993, 1994)
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Alfred Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Volksoper Wien (1997)
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Einstein Semperoper Dresden (2018)
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus Gast Bayerische Staatsoper München (2008, 2012)
Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Tanzmeister/Brighella Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos Tenor/Bacchus Salzburger Festspiele (2012)
Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (2015)
Strauss: Capriccio Flamand Teatro Regio Torino (2002)
Edinburgh, Usher Hall (2004)
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Sänger Festspielhaus Baden-Baden (2009)
Smetana: Die Verkaufte Braut Hans Oper Frankfurt (2006)
Wagner: Lohengrin Lohengrin Bayerische Staatsoper München (2009, 2013)
Bayreuther Festspiele (2010)
Milano, Teatro alla Scala (2012)
Paris, Opéra Bastille (2017)
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Walther von Stolzing Edinburgh International Festival (2006)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2016)
Wagner: Parsifal Parsifal Opernhaus Zürich (2006)
New York, Metropolitan Opera (2013)
Wiener Staatsoper (2013, 2018, 2021)
Sydney Opera House (2017)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2018)
Wiener Staatsoper (2021)
Wagner: Parsifal Vierter Knappe Staatstheater Saarbrücken (1995)
Wagner: Tannhäuser Walther Opernhaus Zürich (2003)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (2. Akt konzertant) Tristan Boston Symphony Orchestra (2018)
Carnegie Hall (2018)
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Tristan Bayerische Staatsoper (2021)
Wagner: Die Walküre Siegmund New York, Metropolitan Opera (2011)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2018)
Wagner: Die Walküre (1. Akt konzertant) Siegmund New York, Metropolitan Opera (2011)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2018)
London, Barbican Hall (2017)
Gstaad, Menuhin Festival (2018)
Gradenegg Festival (2018)
Bayerische Staatsoper München (2021)
Weber: Der Freischütz Max Edinburgh, Usher Hall (2004)


Work Role Venue
Britten: Peter Grimes Peter Grimes Wiener Staatsoper (2022)

Bayerische Staatsoper (2022)

Weber: Oberon Oberon Londres Studio (2002)
Romberg: The Student Prince Prinz Karl France Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele (1996, 1997)


  • 2007 Gramophone Award 2007, Strauss-Lieder, CD
  • 2008 Grands prix internationaux du disque, Diapason d’or, Romantic Arias, CD
  • 2008 Qobus/Classica: Le meilleur disque de 2008, Romantic Arias, CD
  • 2009 Gramophone Award 2009, Madame Butterfly, CD
  • 2009 Prix Caecilia 2009, Sehnsucht, CD
  • 2009 Diapason d’or 2009, Romantic Arias, CD
  • 2010 ECHO Klassik „Bester Sänger des Jahres“ for the recording Sehnsucht
  • 2010 Orphée d’or „Wolfgang Wagner“ 2010, Sehnsucht, CD
  • 2010 Diapason d’or 2010, Die schöne Müllerin, CD
  • 2010 Diapason d’or 2010, Verismo Arias, CD
  • 2011 Gramophone Award 2011, Verismo Arias, CD
  • 2011 Diapason d’or 2011, Werther, DVD
  • 2012 Medal for "besondere Verdienste um Bayern in einem Vereinten Europa"
  • 2012 Gramophone Award 2012, Fidelio, CD
  • 2013 International Opera Awards: Opera Magazine Readers Award
  • 2013 International Opera Awards: The Male Singer of the Year Award
  • 2013 Die Goldene Deutschland
  • 2013 Bayerischer Kammersänger – awarded at the end of the performance of Il trovatore, 8 July 2013
  • 2013 ECHO Klassik „Sänger des Jahres“ for the recording Kaufmann Wagner
  • 2013 ECHO Klassik „Operneinspielung des Jahres“ (19. Jh.): Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Wagner: Die Walküre
  • 2013 ECHO Klassik „Musik-DVD-Produktion des Jahres“: Robert Lepage/Deutsche Grammophon, Der Ring des Nibelungen
  • 2013 Gramophone Award 2013, Wagner, CD
  • 2014 Golden plate for the Verdi-Album awarded at the end of the Liederabends Winterreise in Graz am 4. April 2014
  • 2014 ECHO Klassik „Solistische Einspielung des Jahres/Gesang“ (The Verdi Album)
  • 2014 Gramophone Classical Music Award 2014 Solo Vocal (Schubert – Winterreise, Jonas Kaufmann and Helmut Deutsch)
  • 2014 Bambi for the category "Classical Music“
  • 2015 International Opera Awards
  • 2015 ECHO Klassik „Sänger des Jahres“ for the recording Du bist die Welt für mich
  • 2015 Premio Puccini 2015
  • 2016 "Service Cross" for the order of the Bundesrepublik Deutschland
  • 2016 ECHO Klassik „Bestseller des Jahres“ for the Puccini-Album Nessun Dorma
  • 2016 Jahrespreis for the recording of Aida (2015) at the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
  • 2017 ECHO Klassik „Bestseller des Jahres“ or the album Dolce Vita
  • 2018 Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
  • 2018 Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
  • 2019 Goldener Rathausmann der Stadt Wien
  • 2020 Honorary Doctorate at the Royal College of Music, give by Prince Charles
  • 2020 Opus Klassik, in the category "Classic without boarders" for his album Wien
  • 2021 Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis – Special Media Prize
  • 2021 Opus Klassik in the category "Opera Recording of the Year" for Otello
  • 2022: Award of Professional title Austrian Kammersänger
  • 2022: Opus Klassik in the category "Singer of the Year" for Liszt: Feudvoll und Leidvoll
  • 2022: Bayerischer Verfassungsorden


  • Thomas Voigt: Jonas Kaufmann: In Conversation With. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017, ISBN 978-1-4746-0427-7.
  • Thomas Voigt and Christine Cerletti: Jonas Kaufmann: Eine Bilderreise. Stiftung Colla Parte Basel, 2019, ISBN 978-3-903269-75-0

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