Jonas Kaufmann is a German operatic tenor, best known for his opera roles as Don José in Carmen, Cavaradossi in Tosca and the titular role in Don Carlos. Kaufmann is also an accomplished recitalist.
Jonas Kaufmann was born in Munich where he learned to play piano at a young age and often listened to his grandfather perform Wagner opera arias at the piano. The Bavarian State Opera offered a series of children’s performances, which Jonas and his sister often attended.
Kaufmann began his vocal training at the University of Music and Performance, during which time he began taking on small roles at the Bavarian State Opera.