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Winterreise at the Midwinter Festival in Galway

On Saturday, 21 January 2023 Jochen Kupfer will be a guest at Music for Galway in Ireland.
Together with the Irish pianist Finghin Collins he will present Schubert's Winterreise at the Midwinter Festivals SEASONS.
This is the first collaboration between the two artists, which will continue with further Schubert programmes at the Stadttheater Fürth in March and in Évosges (France) in April.

21 January 2023, Galway, The Hardiman Ballroom

>>> Winterreise at Midwinter Festival in Galway

Christmas Oratorio in Munich and Hannover

On Sunday, 11 December 2022, Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part in J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio at the Isarphilharmonie in Munich.
The programme includes Cantatas I - III & VI.
The choir and orchestra of the Bach Collegium Munich will be conducted by Dominik Beykirch.

In the Marktkirche Hannover, Bach's work will be performed in three concerts from 16 - 18 December 2022.
The first concert will feature Cantatas I - IV, the following day Cantatas I, IV - VI, and the last concert Cantatas I, III, IV and VI.
The Bach Choir & the Bach Orchestra Hannover will perform under the direction of Jörg Straube.

11 December 2022, Isarphilharmonie Munich

>>> Christmas Oratorio in the Isarphilharmonie Munich

16, 17 & 18 December 2022, Marktkirche Hannover

>>> Christmas Oratorio in the Marktkirche Hannover

Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Jochen Kupfer as Broommaker Peter

Just in time for the Christmas season, the production of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel celebrates its revival at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.
From 3 December 2022, Jochen Kupfer can be seen a total of three times as the broom-maker Peter.

Revival: 3 December 2022
Next performances: 23 & 25 December 2022

>>> Hänsel und Gretel at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Season finale with Elijah and Paulus

Concerts at the Rheingau Musikfestival and in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

Three concerts of the great oratorios Elijah and Paulus by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy are in Jochen Kupfer's concert calendar to close the current season.

As Elijah, he can be heard at the Rheingau Musikfestival in Kloster Eberbach on 24 July 2022, as well as at the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg on 25 July 2022.
The Windsbacher Knabenchor and the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the direction of Martin Lehmann.

>>> Eliah at the Rheingau Musikfestival
>>> Eliah in the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

On 30 July 2022, Jochen Kupfer will sing the role of Paulus in the Herkulessaal of the Münchner Residenz.
His musical partners are the Münchner Motettenchor and the Residenzorchester München, conducted by Benedikt Haag.

>>> Paulus in the Herkulessaal of the Münchner Residenz

CANCELLATIONS June 30 & July 3, 2022

K. Penderecki: The Devils of Loudun

The performances of Pendereckis The Devils of Loudun on June 30 & July 3, 2022 at the Munich Opera Festival have to be cancelled due to covid cases in the ensemble!

For more information please click here.

K. Penderecki: The Devils of Loudun

Munich Opera Festival 2022

Krzysztof Penderecki's opera The Devils of Loudun will be performed in Munich for the first time at the opening of the Munich Opera Festival 2022 on June 27, 2022. First performed in Hamburg in 1969, the work deals with religious fanaticism, the excesses of a priest and an exorcism in the 17th century with striking actuality.

Jochen Kupfer will perform the role of the surgeon Mannoury in this new production, which will be staged once again in March 2023.

Musical direction by Vladimir Jurowski, directed by Simon Stone.

Broadcast of the premiere as LIVESTREAM from 7.00 pm on and on BR Klassik.

Premiere: June 27, 2022
Next performances: June 30, July 3 & 7, 2022
March 11, 14 & 16, 2023

>>> The Devils of Loudun at the Munich Opera Festival


Gran Teatro de Córdoba

Two concerts with Beethoven's Missa solemnis are on Jochen Kupfer's schedule in April 2022.

On April 21 and 22, 2022 he will sing the work at the Gran Teatro in Córdoba together with the Coro de Ópera de Córdoba, the Joven coro de Andalucía and the Orquesta de Córdoba under the musical direction of Carlos Domínguez-Nieto.

Concerts: April 21 & 22, 2022, Gran Teatro Córdoba

>>> Missa solemnis in the Gran Teatro Córdoba

Good Friday 2022 - J. S. Bach: St John Passion

Jochen Kupfer in the Herkulessaal München

On Good Friday, April 15, 2022, Jochen Kupfer will perform the bass arias in the St. John Passion by J. S. Bach.

In the Herkulessaal Munich he will appear together with the choir & orchestra of the Bach Collegium München under the musical direction of Ruben Dubrovsky.

Concert: April 15, 2022, 11.00 am

>>> St John Passion in the Herkulessaal München


Der Rosenkavalier at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

On Sunday, April 3, 2022 the new production of R. Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier will have its premiere at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Jochen Kupfer will perform the role of Herr von Faninal.

Premiere: April 3, 2022
Next performances: April 9, 17, 30, 2022
May 22, 26, 28, 2022

>>> Der Rosenkavalier am Staatstheater Nürnberg


Stadttheater Fürth

Due to illness, the recital by Jochen Kupfer and Finghin Collins on 27 February 2022 at the Stadttheater Fürth has unfortunately to be cancelled at short notice.

We will inform you about a new date as soon as possible.
Thank you for your understanding!

>>> Stadttheater Fürth


Recital at the Stadttheater Fürth

On Sunday, 27 February 2022, Jochen Kupfer will give a recital at the Stadttheater Fürth that is entirely dedicated to Franz Schubert and is about the theme of "longing".
In addition to selected songs, the programme includes the cycle Schwanengesang.

Jochen Kupfer's partner on the piano is the Irish pianist Finghin Collins.

February 27, 2022, 7.30pm, Stadttheater Fürth

>>> Schubert recital at the Stadttheater Fürth


Salome at the Landestheater Innsbruck

Jochanaan is one of Jochen Kupfer's favourite roles.
In a new production of Richard Strauss' Salome, Jochen Kupfer sings the prophet Jochanaan at the Landestheater Innsbruck.
The production is directed by Angela Denoke, musical diector is Lukas Beikircher.
The premiere of the new production is on Saturday, 12 February 2022.

Premiere: February 12, 2022
Next performances: February 19, 24, 2022
March 2, 6, 13, 20, 30,2022
April 8, 29 & May 7, 2022

>>> Salome at the Landestheater Innsbruck

CD New Release

Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922): Lied Edition Vol. 2

CD Hans Sommer Vol. 2  

Release date: January 28, 2022
Catalogue number: Naxos 8.574142

Tracklist and short audio samples at

CD order from JPC


With this recording Jochen Kupfer and Marcelo Amaral present the second CD of their three-part "Hans Sommer Lied Edition", which is published by Naxos.

Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922) was a very renowned composer in his time with more than 200 Lied compositions. The Lieder of the edition show the wide range of Sommer's works. His compositional style is in the late romantic tradition, but at the same time develops a very own, colourful tonal language with a multi-layered relationship between voice and piano.

The recording contains mostly world premiere recordings.

The Hans Sommer Lied Edition is a co-production of the label Naxos with BR Klassik.

>>> CD order from JPC

Johann Christian Bach and Joseph Haydn

Concert tour Bachakademie Stuttgart & Gaechinger Cantorey

As for a concert tour with the Bachakademie Stuttgart and the Gaechinger Cantorey, Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass parts in J. Chr. Bach's Miserere and Haydn's Nelson Mass in a total of five concerts.

The concert venues are Wernigerode (22 Jan, livestream), the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg (23 Jan), the Liederhalle Stuttgart (30 Jan, 3.00pm & 6.00pm) and the Forum am Schlosspark in Ludwigsburg (31 Jan).
The musical director is Hans-Christoph Rademann.

January 22, 2022, Wernigerode, Konzerthaus Liebfrauen (Livestream)

>>> watch the concert
January 23, 2022, Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie
>>> read more
January 30, 2022, 3.00pm & 6.00pm, Stuttgart, Liederhalle
>>> read more
January 31 2022, Ludwigsburg, Forum am Schlosspark
>>> read more

"Now the heaven shines in fullest glory ..."

New Year's concerts with Haydn's Creation at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Jochen Kupfer's concerts of the year 2022 begin with Joseph Haydn's Creation.

In the five New Year's concerts at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, he sings the part of Raphael in Haydn's magnificent oratorio, which musically welcomes the New Year as a hopeful prelude.

The choir of the Staatstheater Nürnberg and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg will perform under the musical direction of Joana Mallwitz.

January 4, 5, 6 & 8, 2022, Staatstheater Nürnberg

>>> The Creation at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Beginning of the new concert season at the Philharmonie Berlin

At the beginning of the new concert season, Jochen Kupfer will appear at the Philharmonie Berlin.
On Sunday, 17 October 2021 at 4.00 pm he will sing the bass part in Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem.
The Berlin Philharmonic Choir and the Brandenburg State Orchestra Frankfurt will perform under the direction of Jörg-Peter Weigle.

October 17, 2021, 4.00 pm, Philharmonie Berlin

>>> Ein deutsches Requiem at the Philharmonie Berlin


Inaugural concert at the University of Music Würzburg

On 2 July 2021, Jochen Kupfer will give his inaugural concert at the University of Music in Würzburg, where he has held a professorship in singing since 2019.
Due to the pandemic, the date had to be postponed several times before.

Jochen Kupfer invites his audience to a musical summer night with songs by Hans Sommer, Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss.
Jochen Kupfer's song recital starts with Hans Sommer's song Sommernacht (Summer Night) and focuses on works by Hans Sommer (1837-1922). Sommer, a close friend of Richard Strauss, composed more than 200 Lieder. His compositional style is in the Late Romantic tradition, but he developed his own colourful tonal language with a complex relationship between voice and piano. Thus he has an outstanding position in the song repertoire of the late High and Late Romantic period. Jochen Kupfer makes Sommer's works, forgotten for a long time, accessible to a wide audience again in his song recitals and the three-part CD production "Hans Sommer Lied Edition".
In addition, famous Lieder by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss will be presented, rounding off the summer night in a dreamy-roamntic mood.

Jochen Kupfer's partner on the piano is Alexander Fleischer.

Admission only with reservation via the university's website via the link below.

2. Juli 2021, 7.30 pm, University of Music Würzburg, Hofstallstraße, Großer Saal

>>> Inaugural concert at the University of Music Würzburg

Role Debut as Duke Bluebeard

Reopening of the Staatstheater Nürnberg

At the reopening of the Staatstheater Nürnberg on June 9, 2021 Jochen Kupfer will make his role debut as Duke Bluebeard in a new production of Béla Bartók's Duke Bluebeard's Castle.
Jochen Kupfer's partner as Judith is Almerija Delic, the production is directed by Ilaria Lanzino and conducted by Guido Johannes Rumstadt.

June 9, 18, 26, 2021, Staatstheater Nürnberg

>>> Duke Bluebeard's Castle at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

"Jochen Kupfer - Maître du Lied"

Reviews on the new CD Release Hans Sommer Lied Edition ó

The first CD of the "Hans Sommer Lied Edition" was enthusiastically acclaimed by the press...

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Jochen Kupfer in Madrid

Joseph Haydn: Paukenmesse

Madrid Schlussapplaus

Final applause after the Paukenmesse in the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid


From April 23 - 25, 2021 Jochen Kupfer sang three concerts with Joseph Haydn's Paukenmesse under the musical direction of Fabio Luisi at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.
The concerts, which fortunately were allowed to take place with listeners, were warmly applauded by the audience and were a wonderful experience after the long time without concerts.


Reviews on the new CD Release

"Hans Sommer Lied Edition ó"

The first CD of the "Hans Sommer Lied Edition" was enthusiastically acclaimed by the press:

   "Jochen Kupfer - Maître du Lied" (, Feb. 03, 2021)

   "Jochen Kupfer is phantastic." (, Oct. 17, 2020)

   "Jochen Kupfer - he may be considered no less than a revelation in the matter of singing Lied." (, Sep. 22, 2020)

   "An highly supple lyrical voice of dramatic expansiveness and an intelligent approach to the texts make listening a pleasure." (, Dec. 19, 2020)

   "The first CD of the Lied Edition has just been released - a true treasure of the late romantic Lied, which can finally unfold its splendour again." (, November 2020)

>>> CD order from JPC

CD New Release

Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922): Lied Edition, ó

CD Hans Sommer ó  

Release date: September 25, 2020
Catalogue number: Naxos 8.573827

Tracklist and short audio samples at

CD order from JPC


With this recording Jochen Kupfer and Marcelo Amaral present the first CD of their three-part "Hans Sommer Lied Edition", which is published by Naxos.

Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922) was a very renowned composer in his time with more than 200 Lied compositions. The Lieder of the first CD of the Lied Edition show the wide range of Sommer's work from op. 1 to op. 40. His compositional style is in the late romantic tradition, but at the same time develops a very own, colourful tonal language with a multi-layered relationship between voice and piano.

The recording contains mostly world premiere recordings.

The Hans Sommer Lied Edition is a co-production of the label Naxos with BR Klassik.

>>> CD order from JPC

.:: RESTART ::.

"Transformations" at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Brahms: Liebesliederwalzer (excerpts)

After long weeks of closure, the Staatstheater is opening its doors again. Under the title "Transformations", various stations will be transformed for a short time into a concert stage. Music from different centuries will be presented in changing casts.

Jochen Kupfer sings a selection of Johannes Brahms' love song waltzes in the soloist quartet, accompanied by Joana Mallwitz and Benjamin Schneider (piano).

Musical direction and moderation are in the hands of GMD Joana Mallwitz.

Concert dates:
June 25, 26, 27, 28, 2020, 4.30 pm & 7.00 pm, Staatstheater Nürnberg

>>> "Transformations" at the Staatstheater Nürnberg


Due to COVID-19, all opera and concert dates are cancelled until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Further information will follow as soon as possible.

(Date May 4, 2020)

Thank you for your understanding!

Premiere of The Demon with Jochen Kupfer has to be postponed

Due to the increasing number of corona virus cases and a corresponding decision by the bavarian state government, all performances at the Staatstheater Nürnberg will be cancelled until April 19, 2020.

This also affects the new production of Rubinstein's The Demon, in which Jochen Kupfer will sing the part of Demon.

The premiere scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020 will be postponed to a later date.

We will inform you as soon as possible about further details and thank you very much for your understanding!


Recitals in Regensburg and Mertingen

Jochen Kupfer is also this year's guest in the magnificent Neuhaussaal at Theater Regensburg.

On January 23, 2020, together with his pianist Marcelo Amaral, he will perform the powerful and subtle song cycle Winterreise by Franz Schubert, undeniably one of the highlights of the romantic art of song.

On Sunday, February 9, 2020, the Winterreise can be heard once again at the Kulturkreis Mertingen.

January 23, 2020, 7.30 pm, Theater Regensburg, Neuhaussaal

>>> Winterreise in Regensburg

February 9, 2020, 6.00 pm, Mertingen, Antonius-von-Steichele-Schule
>>> Winterreise in Mertingen

"Jauchzet, frohlocket!"

J. S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio

"Christmas Oratorio is just necessary during the Christmas season!"
This year Jochen Kupfer sings J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio I-VI in the Philharmonie im Gasteig in Munich on December 17, 2019.

Choir & orchestra of Bach Collegium München and Wiener Kammerchor will perform under the musical direction of Rubén Dubrovsky.

December 17, 2019, 7.00 pm, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich

>>> Christmas Oratorio in Munich

Giove, King of the Spheres

Cavalli: La Calisto

Jochen Kupfer's opera season 2019/20 begins with a baroque opera: in the new production La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676) at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, Jochen Kupfer embodies the father of the gods and world leader Giove (Jupiter).
During the conquest of the nymph Calisto unexpected difficulties arise and he has to use means unusual for him to win her affection...
Wolfgang Katschner is the musical director, stage direction by Jens-Daniel Herzog.

Premiere: November 23, 2019, Staatstheater Nürnberg
Next performances: November 30, December 5, 8, 14, 18, 27, 29, 2019
                               January 12, 25, 2020

>>> La Calisto at Staatstheater Nürnberg


... bei den 56. Fürther Kirchenmusiktagen

Am Sonntag, 10. November 2019 ist Jochen Kupfer zu Gast bei den Kirchenmusiktagen in Fürth.
Unter dem Motto "Ernste Gesänge" stehen auf dem Progamm des Kantatenkonzertes von Johannes Brahms Vier ernste Gesänge, begleitet von Andreas König an der Orgel, sowie zwei Kantaten von Johann Sebastian Bach: Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen BWV 12 und die Kreuzstabkantate BWV 56.

Es musizieren der Chor der Heinrichskirche, Kirchenchor St. Nikolaus sowie das Kammerorchester unter der Leitung von Andreas König.

10. November 2019, 17.00 Uhr, Kirche St. Heinrich, Fürth

>>> Ernste Gesänge bei den Fürther Kirchenmusiktagen


On October 26, 2019 Jochen Kupfer will again appear at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest.
Following last year's Elias now he will sing Paulus in Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's oratorio.

Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra will be conducted by György Vashegyi.

LIVE WEBCAST at 7.30 pm at

October 26, 2019, 7.30 pm, Müpa Budapest

>>> Paulus in Budapest

"O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!"

Three times Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Luxemburg and France

At the beginning of his concert season Jochen Kupfer will sing Beethoven's work with the famous final chorus "Ode an die Freude" in the Grand Auditorium of the Philharmonie Luxemburg on September 30, 2019.
Chœur de Chambre de Luxembourg and Solistes Européens Luxembourg will be conducted by Christoph König.

September 30, 2019, 8.00 pm, Philharmonie Luxemburg

>>> Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Luxemburg

Some days later Jochen Kupfer will sing two more concerts of "the Ninth" in France:
at the Opera House of Clermont-Ferrand on October 4, 2019 and in the Opera House of Vichy on October 5, 2019.
Chœur Régional d'Auvergne, Chorphilharmonie Regensburg and the Orchestre National d'Auvergne will be conducted by Roberto Forés Veses.

October 4, 2019, 8.00 pm, Opéra-Théâtre Clermont-Ferrand

>>> more infos
October 5,2019, 8.00 pm, Opéra Vichy
>>> more infos

Jochen Kupfer's New Lied Season

Recital in Grimma

Jochen Kupfer's new Lied season begins with a recital in his hometown Grimma on September 13, 2019.
Within the series of "Augustinerkonzerte" he will sing Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe and Lieder by Franz Schubert, Hans Sommer and Richard Strauss.
His pianist is Stephan König.

September 13, 2019, 7.00 pm, Gymnasium St. Augustin Grimma

>>> Recital in Grimma

Escamillo at the Semperoper Dresden

Bizet: Carmen

Escamillo in Nürnberg

Escamillo at Staatstheater Nürnberg
© J. Missbach


On Saturday, June 8, 2019, 7.00 pm Jochen Kupfer will jump in as Escamillo in Bizet's opera Carmen at the Semperoper Dresden.

>>> Carmen at the Semperoper

"Freude schöner Götterfunken"

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Italy

On Monday, May 6, 2019 Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part in Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 at Teatro Verdi in Pordenone.

Coro St. Nicholas Litija, Megaron Chorus and Orchestra Sinfonica della Radiotelevisione Slovena will be conducted by Andreas Spering.

Concert: May 6, 2019, Pordenone (I), Teatro Verdi

>>> Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Pordenone

St John Passion in Leipzig

On April 18 and 19, 2019 Jochen Kupfer will jump in in J. S. Bach's St John Passion BWV 245 in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig.

Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz conducts Thomanerchor and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.

Concerts: April 18 & 19, 2019, St. Thomas Church, Leipzig

>>> St John Passion in Leipzig

Jochen Kupfer as Abramo at the Opening Concert of PSALM 2019

Alessandro Scarlatti: Agar et Ismaele esiliati

On April 14, 2019 Jochen Kupfer will sing Abramo in Alessandro Scarlatti's oratorio Agar et Ismaele esiliati at the opening concert of the festival PSALM in Graz.

Scarlatti's oratorio from 1683 shows the biblical marital drama about the banishment of Hagar and Ismael which is still considered as the myth at the root of the conflict between the Jews and the Palestinians.

On August 29, 2019 a semi-scenical version of the production will be presented at the festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht.

The Neue Hofkapelle Graz is conducted by Michael Hell.

Concert: April 14, 2019, Helmut-List-Halle, Graz

>>> Agar et Ismaele esiliati at the Festival PSALM in Graz

The Winter Journey of Young Werther

Musical Theatre after Goethe and Schubert – Premiere

"Who is the person singing 'Fremd bin ich eingezogen, fremd zieh' ich wieder aus', wandering through icy landscapes? Could it be the young Werther? Did Wilhelm Müller, author of the Winterreise, know Goethe's novel?"

Reflecting a long time about these questions, Dietmar Loeffler created his idea to combine Goethe's novel about the Sufferings of the Young Werther and Schubert's song cycle Winterreise in a scenic production.

Premiering the production, Jochen Kupfer will sing 12 selected songs from Schubert's Winterreise at Theatre Schaffhausen on March 18 & 19, 2019. He will be accompanied by Dietmar Loeffler, piano, his scenical partners will be the actors Imogen Kogge and Walter Kreye.

Performances: March 18 & 19, 2019, 7.30 pm, Theatre Schaffhausen

>>> Die Winterreise des jungen Werther at Theatre Schaffhausen

New General Management

Jochen Kupfer represented by ammann horak gmbh for opera artists

We are pleased to announce that from now on the renowned Swiss agency Ammann Horak for opera artists
will represent Jochen Kupfer worldwide in general management.

We are very much looking forward to the cooperation with Stephanie Ammann and Mariano Horak!

>>> Jochen Kupfer at agency Ammann Horak

Kurwenal in Montpellier

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

At the beginning of the new operatic year Jochen Kupfer will sing one of his most favourite roles.
He will present the part of Kurwenal in Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at Opéra National in Montpellier on January 17 and 20, 2019.
Michael Schønwandt will be the conductor of the concert performances.

Broadcast on January 30, 2019 on Radio Classique

Performances: January 17 & 20, 2019, Opéra National, Montpellier

>>> Tristan und Isolde in Montpellier

"O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!"

Five concerts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Milan and Lucerne

At the turn of the year Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part in five concerts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.

From December 29, 2018 to January 1, 2019 there will be four concerts in Milan in Auditorium Cariplo, on January 5, 2019 soloists, chorus and orchestra will present Beethoven's masterpiece at Lucerne's KKL.
Orchestra Sinfonica and Coro Sinfonico di Milano Giuseppe Verdi will be conducted by Claus Peter Flor.

December 29, 30, 31, 2018 & January 1, 2019, Auditorio Cariplo Mailand

>>> Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Milan

January 1, 2019, KKL Lucerne

>>> Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in Lucerne


Lieder by Hugo Wolf in Stuttgart

On November 14, 2018 Jochen Kupfer will sing a special recital in the "Liederhalle" in Stuttgart:

Together with soprano Sarah Wegener he will present Lieder by Hugo Wolf (1860 - 1903) which especially show the humorous side of the composer.
The recital is part of the series "Der ganze Hugo Wolf" by Internationale Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart.

The singers will be accompanied by Marcelo Amaral at the piano.

Concert: November 14, 2018, 7.30 pm, Liederhalle Stuttgart

>>> Recital Hugo Wolf in Stuttgart

Jochen Kupfer in Budapest

Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias

Start of Jochen Kupfer's concert season 2018/19 in Budapest: on October 26, 2018 he will sing the title part of Elias in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's oratorio of the same name.

The concert will take place at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall of Müpa Budapest.

Elias is one of Jochen Kupfer's main roles of his concert repertoire in which he will present all his vocal versatility, his dramatic singing and the beauty of his voice.
Join us and enjoy!

Live Webcast at 7.30 pm at

Concert: October 26, 2018, 7.30 Uhr, Müpa Budapest

>>> Elias in Budapest

Russian Start of the 2018/19 Season with Prokofiev's War and Peace

Jochen Kupfer as Andrei Bolkonski

Jochen Kupfer's season 2018/19 begins with the role debut as Andrei Bolkonski in a new production of Sergei Prokofiev's monumental opera War and Peace at Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Conductor of the new production at Staatstheater Nürnberg is GMD Joana Mallwitz, staging by Jens-Daniel Herzog.

Live broadcast with previous reports and information at 5.30 pm on BR Klassik.

Premiere: September 30, 2018, 6.00 pm
Next performances: October 3, 7, 13, 21, 27, November 1, 11 & 17, 2018

>>> War and Peace at Staatstheater Nürnberg


KS Jochen Kupfer is one of this year's cultural award laureates awarded by the City of Nürnberg.

The public award ceremony will take place in the Tafelhalle Nürnberg on November 19, 2018
at 7.30 pm.
Admission is free.

Fidelio - most topical!


Jochen Kupfer will sing the part of Pizarro in the new production of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fidelio at the festival styriarte in Graz on July 13 & 14, 2018.
This will be his scenical debut as Pizarro after having sung the role in a several concert performances at the Herrenchiemsee festival in 2014.

Fidelio is the story about Florestan, Fidelio/Leonore and Don Pizarro, governor of the state prison, who wants to murder Florestan, because he knows about Pizarro's corruption.
But this production - staging by Thomas Höft - tells also the very modern story about personal courage, moral integrity and a love that overcomes any obstacle and humanity.

Video clips with very personal statements illustrate the parallels between Beethoven's historical story and the experiences of people of today who have had to flee persecution and atrocities in their home countries and came to Austria.
Stories about "real" Leonores and Florestans of today - people who need just the kind of encouragement that Beethoven once wanted to offer with his "freedom opera".

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts the styriarte Festival Orchestra.

Premiere: July 13, 2018, Graz, Helmut-List-Halle
Next performance: July 14, 2018, Graz, Helmut-List-Halle

>>> Fidelio in Graz

BECKMESSER at the NCPA in Beijing

Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

During the NCPA Opera Festival 2018 Beijing Jochen Kupfer will sing the part of Sixtus Beckmesser
in Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the National Centre for the Performing Arts
in Beijing.
The performances take place from May 31 until June 7, 2018.

Rehearsal Beijing

Rehearsal Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 2nd act


After his debut as Beckmesser at Staatstheater Nürnberg in 2011 and Glyndebourne Operafestival 2016 this is Jochen Kupfer's third production to sing the town clerk Sixtus Beckmesser.

The staging is a co-production of the NCPA Beijing with Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Opera Australia.

Stage direction by Kaspar Holten,
conductor is LÜ Jia.

Premiere: May 31, 2018, NCPA Beijing
next performances: June 2, 5 & 7, 2018

>>> Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at NCPA in Beijing

Lent 2018: Christ in St. Matthew Passion

Holy Thursday and Good Friday in the St. Thomas Church Leipzig

On March 29 and 30, 2018 Jochen Kupfer will sing Christ in J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

In the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, where Bach himself performed his most extensive work for the first time in 1727, Jochen Kupfer will sing together with the Choir of St. Thomas's and the Gewandhaus Orchestra. The concerts will be directed by Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz.

Broadcast date on MDR Kultur and Deutschlandfunk Kultur:
Good Friday, March 30, 2018, 7.30 pm

Concerts: March 29 & 30, 2018, 7.00 pm, St. Thomas Church Leipzig

>>> visit the St Matthew Passion in St. Thomas Church Leipzig

"Und ich bin Stolzius..."

Jochen Kupfer's Role Debut in Die Soldaten by B. A. Zimmermann

Jochen Kupfer's upcoming role debut: on Saturday, March 17, 2018 he will sing the part of the draper Stolzius in B. A. Zimmermann's Die Soldaten for the first time.

Premiered 1965, the opera is regarded as the most important work of music theater of the post-war period.

Jochen Kupfer about his new role:
"When singing Zimmermann's music you always have to go to the limits and to sing in extreme vocal positions. Natural speech rhythm and melody are sudordinated to his strict and somehow mathematical principle of composition. Despite of the very short scenes, I try to give character and profile as much as possible to the person of Stolzius. I hope the audience will understand him and his personal fate."

Conductor of the new production at Staatstheater Nürnberg is GMD Marcus Bosch, staging by Peter Konwitschny.

Live broadcast of the 2nd performance on March 20, 2018, the centenary of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's birthday, at 7.30 pm on BR Klassik. Talks and previous reports also live at 7.05 pm on BR Klassik.

Premiere: March 17, 2018, 7.30 pm
Next performances: March 20 & 25, April 8, 14 & 23, 2018

>>> Die Soldaten at Staatstheater Nürnberg

"A Lied Singer at the Zenith of his Creative Possibilities ..."

Highly acclaimed Lied Matinee WANDERER at the Opera House Nürnberg

At the end of the recital everyone agreed:
Jochen Kupfer's scenic Lied project WANDERER was a really magical moment!

A dense programme consisting of highly emotional songs from Schubert to Schönberg, intensive images, Jochen Kupfer's extraordinary presence on stage and overwhelming harmony with his pianist - Jochen Kupfer and Marcelo Amaral presented to their audience an intensive journey of the wanderer's soul.


Press reviews:

"Intensive Begegnung mit einer großen Sängerpersönlichkeit:

Jochen Kupfers bewegtes wie bewegendes 'Wanderer' Liedprojekt erntete im Nürnberger Opernhaus stürmischen Applaus."
Nürnberger Nachrichten, 29.01.2018

"Da präsentiert sich ein Liedgestalter im Zenit seiner gestalterischen Möglichkeiten: Mit enormem Erzähltalent, rhetorischer Verve und klug disponierten Posen setzt der Bass-Bariton die Stimmungen und Gefühle in Szene, schafft eine Tiefe mit erdiger Bodenhaftung, verströmt in der Mittellage jederzeit empathische Wärme und dosiert Ausbrüche treffsicher. (...)"
Nürnberger Nachrichten, 29.01.2018


"Berechtigter donnernder Beifall."
Nürnberger Nachrichten, 29.01.2018

"Starker Applaus für dieses Liedprogramm der Extraklasse."
Nürnberger Zeitung, 29.01.2018

"Kupfer (...) beweist nicht nur hier, dass er zu den herausragenden Interpreten des klassischen Kunstlieds der Gegenwart zählt."
Nürnberger Zeitung, 29.01.2018

Feedback from the audience:

"Die poetische Bildumsetzung war eine exzellente Idee und sehr gelungen. Dazu natürlich an erster Stelle die ergreifende musikalische Leistung beider Künstler. Sehr herzliche Gratulation."


"Ich war sehr beeindruckt von der Aufführung, der hervorragenden Qualität von Gesang und Begleitung ohnehin, aber auch von der Dramaturgie. So könnten Liederabende eine Zukunft haben, wenn sie einen großen Bogen spannen, eine Geschichte erzählen und dies visuell unterstützt wird."

"Jochen Kupfer, welch ein wunderbarer Sänger und Interpret! (...) Die Auswahl der Lieder zusammen mit unglaublich eindrucksvoll gestalteten visuellen Einblendungen, das alles war stimmig und sehr berührend."

"... durften wir bei und mit Ihnen eine Sternstunde erleben. Mit 'Wanderer' haben Sie - gefühlt - ein Tor in das überirdische, ein Tor in die Unendlichkeit, in das grenzenlos unendlich Göttliche geöffnet, in eine Welt jenseits des Rationalen. (...) Die Herzen Ihrer Zuhörer waren sehr bewegt."



The new date for Jochen Kupfer's and Marcelo Amaral's scenic recital "Wanderer"
at Staatstheater Nürnberg will be on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 11.00 am.

>>> WANDERER at Staatstheater Nürnberg


Due to illness of the artists we are sorry to have to CANCEL Jochen Kupfer's and Marcelo Amaral's scenic recital WANDERER at Staatstheater Nürnberg on January 18, 2018.

The recital will be deferred to a later date about which we will keep you informed as soon as possible.


A scenic recital created and presented by Jochen Kupfer

On January 18, 2018 Jochen Kupfer's scenic recital WANDERER will have its premiere at the opera house of Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Bild Wanderer im Nebelmeer
Jochen Kupfer about his idea of the the scenic recital:

"We want to tell a story about a journey through life in seven stages: the wanderer's looking for happiness and his place in life. We would like to take the audience on this individual tour of our wanderer."


WANDERER rehearsal

Jochen Kupfer's partner at the piano is the international renowned Lied pianist
Marcelo Amaral

In the latest theatre magazine IMPULS you can read an interview with Jochen Kupfer concerning his WANDERER project with the title "When singing Lieder I always have images in my mind" (pages 21/22, only in German).
Read Jochen Kupfer's interview here.

January 18, 2018, 8.00 pm, Staatstheater Nürnberg - Opera House

>>> WANDERER at Staatstheater Nürnberg

Gustav Mahler's Rückert-Lieder in Belgium

Jochen Kupfer is going to sing Gustav Mahler's deeply moving Rückert-Lieder in two concerts in Belgium:
on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the Opera Ghent and on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in the Koningin Elisabethzaal in Antwerp.
Alexander Joel will conduct the Symfonisch Orkest of the Opera Vlaanderen.

November 26, 2017, 3.00 pm, Ghent
November 28, 2017, 8.00 pm, Antwerp

>>> visit the concerts

"Im Traum gesungen"

Jochen Kupfer sings the first performance of Hans Schanderl's symphonic Lied cycle

Jochen Kupfer about the first performance of Schanderl's Lied cycle Im Traum gesungen based on poems by Else Lasker-Schüler, Rabindranath Tagore and Ossip Mandelstam:

"To sing the very first performance of a work is like a little adventure. It is always a great privilege to bring a totally new work to its musical life. I am full of expectation for the overall sound together with chorus and orchestra and am looking forward to an audience eager to new musical discoveries. "

Enjoy an exciting concert evening which will present in the second part the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, one of the most overwhelming romantic choral works.

Concert: October 22, 2017, 7.00 pm, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

>>> visit the concert


Role debut in Les Troyens

On Sunday, October 8, 2017 Jochen Kupfer's new opera season will begin with the new production of Hector Berlioz' Grand Opéra Les Troyens at Staatstheater Nürnberg.

In Berlioz' late opera about the the downfall of Troy and the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas Jochen Kupfer will sing Chorèbe, Cassandre's fiancé, with whom he will finally go to death.
Tragedy, despair and intimate feeling characterises the part of Chorèbe which will be another role debut for Jochen Kupfer this year.
Musical direction Marcus Bosch, stage direction Calixto Bieito.

Premiere: October 8, 2017
Next performances: October 15, November 4, 11, 18, 2017

>>> Les Troyens at Staatstheater Nürnberg


Opening Concert of the 47th "Merseburger Orgeltage"

"The Power of Music" is this year's festival motto of the Merseburger Orgeltage.
In the opening concert on September 16, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part of Ludwig van Beethoven's Missa solemnis in the overwhelming Merseburg cathedral.

The Philharmonic Chorus Berlin and the Merseburger Hofmusik will be conducted by Jörg Peter Weigle.

Concert: September 16, 2017, 8.00 pm, Merseburg cathedral

>>> Visit the concert

Jochen Kupfer in Muldental TV's "Muldentalk"

On August 24, 2017 Jochen is invited to the talk show "Muldentalk", produced by the local station Muldental TV.

The recording of the show will take place in the hotel "Zur Schiffsmühle" in Grimma/Höfgen at 7.00 pm.
Ticket reservation is possible by e-mail: or by phone: 03437/76 10 50.

The broadcast will be for two weeks from August 29, 2017 following the particular regional programme.
The show will also be available via satellite at "Lokal-TV-Portal" as well as at

>>> visit the Muldentalk

Something special at the end of the season:
LA MARGARITA at Schielleiten Castle

Jochen Kupfer for the first time at the styriarte

Schloss Schielleiten  

At the end of the season Jochen Kupfer will perform for the first time at the styriarte, the festival in Styria (Austria), from July 13 - 16, 2017.

The festival's highlight this year will be La Margarita at Schielleiten Castle, starting on July 13, 2017.

styriarte Probe  

As a synthesis of different arts there will be a baroque horse ballet combined with opera scenes by de Cavalieri, Cesti, Cavalli and Stradella.

It is a story about the hero Heracles and the Golden Apple of the Hesperides, inspired by the historical performance that Emperor Leopold I arranged for his wedding in Vienna in 1667.

In this production Jochen Kupfer will appear as Hesperos for four times.

Live broadcast of the performance within "Klangwolke 2017" on July 15, 2017, 9.00 pm, Radio Steiermark & ORF III.

Broadcast on 3sat on Sunday, July 16, 2017, 11.15 am

Premiere: July 13, 2017
Next performances: July 14, 15 & 16, 2017

>>> La Margarita at the styriarte


On June 15, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's first oratorio St. Paul at the Bachfest in Leipzig.

Mendelssohn Bartholdy composed the work, first performed in 1836, similar to J. S. Bach's famous passions telling about the apostle Paul's conversion and life.

The concert will be recorded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur.
Broadcast date: July 1, 2017, 7.05 pm

Concert: June 15, 2017, Thomaskirche Leipzig

>>> St. Paul at the Bachfest Leipzig


Jochen Kupfer sings Carmina burana in Köln and Indianapolis

In the coming weeks Jochen Kupfer will perform five times one of his favorite parts of the concert repertoire - the bass-baritone part of Carl Orff's Carmina burana.

The first concert will take place in the Philharmonie Köln on June 1, 2017 with the WDR Rundfunkchor and Sinfonieorchester Köln, conducted by David Marlow.

Concert: Juni 1, 2017, Philharmonie Köln

>>> Carmina burana in the Philharmonie Köln

From June 8 - 11, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will appear with Orff's Carmina burana in
Indianapolis (USA).

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by their music director Krzysztof Urbański, with whom Jochen Kupfer already performed Orff's Carmina at the Openair of the Münchner Philharmoniker in Munich in 2015.

Concerts: June 8 | 9 | 10, 2017, Indianapolis - Hilbert Circle Theatre
                June 11, 2017, Carmel - The Palladium

>>> Carmina burana in Indianapolis

Creonte at the International Händel Festival in Göttingen

Haydn: L'Anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice

On May 27 and 28, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will perform the part of Creonte at the International Händel Festival in Göttingen in Joseph Haydn's opera L'Anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice.

The opera is one of Haydn's first compositions after he moved to London. Nevertheless there was no world premiere of the work in London because of legal difficulties between the authorities of London's two main theatres.
The world premiere of one of the most popular opera subjects of the time around the famous singer Orpheus finally took place in Florence in 1951.

Concerts: May 27 & 28, 2017, Stadthalle Göttingen

>>> Orfeo ed Euridice at the Händel Festival Göttingen


Scenic Oratorio according to Johann Sebastian Bach

Matthäus.Passion St. Lorenz Nürnberg  

In May and July 2017 Jochen Kupfer will appear
with one of his favourite parts from J. S. Bach's
famous passions.

Four times he will sing the part of Jesus in a
scenic adaption of Johann Sebastian Bach's
St. Matthew Passion
The performances will take place in St. Lorenz in Nürnberg.

Premiere: May 19, 2017
Next performances: May 20, July, 1 & 5, 2017

>>> Matthäus.Passion in St. Lorenz, Nürnberg

"Bruderbrünstig mutig gemischt..."

Gunther in the Revival of Götterdämmerung at Staatstheater Nürnberg

On Sunday, April 30, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will again sing Gunther in Götterdämmerung, the final part of Richard Wagner's Ring tetralogy.

His role debut as Gunther 2015 was highly acclaimed by the press:

Jochen Kupfer als Gunther  

"Rundum ideal besetzt (...) Jochen Kupfer als baritonal kostbarer Gunther."
(, 14. Oktober 2015)

"... doch für die vokale Glanzleistung des Abends sorgte Jochen Kupfer: ein famoser Gunther!"
(Fränkischer Tag, 13. Oktober 2015)

The complete Ring des Nibelungen will be presented two times at Staatstheater Nürnberg
in May/June 2017 (Marcus Bosch - conductor, Georg Schmiedleitner - stage direction).

Live broadcast of the Götterdämmerung within the first Ring cycle on B4 Klassik
on June 4, 2017, 17.00 pm.

Revival: April 30, 2017
Next performances: May 15, June 4 & 18., 2017

>>> Götterdämmerung at Staatstheater Nürnberg


Lied Recital in Mertingen on April 23, 2017

On Sunday, April 23, 2017 Jochen Kupfer will perform a Lied recital at the Kulturkreis Mertingen.

The program includes Lieder by Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922) as Frühling ('Spring'), Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe and selected Lieder by Franz Schubert.

Jochen Kupfer's partner will be the pianist Marcelo Amaral.

>>> visit the Lied recital in Mertingen

"Der Mensch ist ein Abgrund"

Jochen Kupfer's role debut as Wozzeck

Jochen Kupfer will give his next role debut on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
He embodies the title role of Wozzeck in a new staging of Alban Berg's opera of the same name at the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

Plakat Neujahrskonzert   Jochen Kupfer, Wozzeck
Kathrin Adel, Marie

Photo: Staatstheater Nürnberg/L. Olah

Premiered in Berlin in 1925, Berg's Wozzeck is written in "free tonality". Nevertheless there are familiar elements in it such as folk songs, lullabies, military music or Viennese waltzes. Singing however is quite new - there is singing, there is speaking and also a mixture of both of it.
A fascinating modern combination which, however, never is unsettling or overstraining for the listener.

Jochen Kupfer will deliver a musical and scenic psychology of Wozzeck who sees only one way out in the end...

The production will be conducted by Gábor Kalí and directed by Georg Schmiedleitner.

A preliminary report concerning the new production can be seen on BR Klassik.

Premiere: February 18, 2017
Next performances: February 21, March 2, 6, 29, April 2, 2017

>>> Wozzeck at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Unknown Lieder: Jochen Kupfer sings Hans Sommer (1837 - 1922)

In their Lied recital at the International Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Jochen Kupfer and Marcelo Amaral performed Lieder by Hans Sommer, called "late romantic jewels" by the renowned Vienna Universal Edition.

Enjoy now two of the songs of the programme on youtube:

Hans Sommer's Ich wollt, meine Schmerzen ergössen sich and the romance Lorelei based on the famous text by Joseph von Eichendorff.

Hans Sommer: Ich wollt, meine Schmerzen ergössen sich op. 1 Nr. 5


Hans Sommer: Lorelei op. 7

Una notte a Vienna

Jochen Kupfer at the New Year's Concerts with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome

Plakat Neujahrskonzert  

At the beginning of the year Jochen Kupfer will sing Dr. Falke three times at Prince Orlofsky's ball in Die Fledermaus in Rome .

In three New Year's Concerts the famous Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia will present the 2nd act of Johann Strauß' most beloved operetta.

The audience may look forward to a sparkling event with many musical surprises!

Concerts: January 5, 6 and 7, 2017

>>> Visit the New Year's Concerts in Rome

"Freude schöner Götterfunken"

Turn of the year with Beethoven's Symphony No 9 in Hamburg

At the turn of the year Jochen Kupfer will appear two times in the Laesizhalle in Hamburg.

At the traditional New Year's Eve Concert and the New Year's Concert the next evening the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra will present Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No 9.

The bass part will be Jochen Kupfer's musical good bye to the past year as well as his New Year's greetings.

Concerts: December 31, 2016, January 1, 2017

>>> Beethoven's Symphony No 9 at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg

Jochen Kupfer as Besenbinder Peter

Revival of Hänsel und Gretel at Staatstheater Nürnberg

From November 26, 2016 Jochen Kupfer will again sing the broom-maker Peter in the revival production of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel at Staatstheater Nürnberg.

The press wrote about his highly acclaimed role debut in 2014:

"Ganz auf eigene dramaturgische Rechnung legt der virtuose Hans-Sachs-Bariton Jochen Kupfer seine Vaterrolle an." (Opernwelt)

"Jochen Kupfer (...) imponiert vor allem mit seiner angenehm klingenden, präsenten, nie angestrengten Stimmkraft." (Opernnetz)

"Jochen Kupfer ist der wunderbare Bariton, der er eben ist, womit die scheinbare Selbstverständlichkeit seiner präzisen wie warm intonierenden Stimme vielleicht am besten beschrieben werden kann: ironisch funkelnd, edel verzweifelt, gütig erhaben." (Der Opernfreud)

Revival: November 26, 2016
Next performances: December 4, 8, 11, 16, 25, 28, 30, 2016 | January 14, 2017

>>> Hänsel und Gretel at Staatstheater Nürnberg

"Contemplation with Brahms"

For Serious Songs and A German Requiem

"Contemplation with Brahms" is the concert's motto which will take place in the Gustav-Adolf-Gedächtniskirche in Nürnberg on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 (All Saints' Day).

Jochen Kupfer will sing both the baritone part of Johannes Brahms' German Requiem and Brahms' Four Serious Songs in an orchestral version.

The Four Serious Songs, finished by Brahms in the year before his death, are also described as "Requiem in Lied style", the essence of his Lied compositions, in which he combined elements of folk songs with the archaic and expressive musical language of his German Requiem.

The artists are Jochen Kupfer and Michaela Maria Mayer, Vokalwerk Nürnberg & vocapella and the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg conducted by Marcus Bosch.

>>> Visit the concert

CHANGE IN CAST: Kurwenal in Graz

Tomorrow, October 12, 2016 Jochen Kupfer will sing the part of Kurwenal in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the Opera Graz.

>>> Tristan und Isolde at the Opera Graz

Role Debut in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Beginning of the Season

Jochen Kupfer sings the Bad Guys at the Wiener Volksoper

Jochen Kupfer's opera season 2016/17 starts with another role debut.
For the first time he will appear as the bad guys Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle in Jacques Offenbach's opera The Tales of Hoffmann.

At the same time this will be Jochen Kupfer's debut at the Wiener Volksoper.

Performances: October 23, 25, November 23, 29, December 10, 2016

>>> The Tales of Hoffmann at the Wiener Volksoper

"Beckmesser sings gloriously..."

Overwhelming success: Jochen Kupfer's Beckmesser at the Glyndebourne Festival 2016

Jochen Kupfer's interpretation of the town-clerk Sixtus Beckmesser was one of the exceptional highlights in David McVicar's production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Glyndebourne Festival 2016.

Both the press and the audience highly acclaimed his excellent interpretation and his extraordinary voice:

"Jochen Kupfer is a fa-ah-bulously effete Sixtus Beckmesser (...). He is also blest with a dark-chocolate baritone (...)."
WhatsOnStage, 23.05.2016

Jochen Kupfer als Beckmesser  

"Kupfer is an established Lieder singer, and it showed in his finely honed phrasing."
Music OMH, 22.05.2016

"Kupfer gave a beautifully sung account, his rich, dark baritone providing the standout singing.", 22.05.2016

"Beckmesser sings gloriously and captures the villainous humour of the part perfectly (…)."
Daily Express, 30.05.2016

"Die Herzen des Publikums gewinnt Jochen Kupfer mit seiner Gestaltung des Sixtus Beckmesser. (...) Stimmlich liegt ihm die Partie und zeigt ihre Vielfalt und Flexibilität."
Opernnetz, 7.06.2016

"It was Jochen Kupfer’s wonderful performance that made the journey to Glyndebourne worthwhile."
Seen and Heard International, 3.06.2016

A selection of press reviews please find here for download (pdf document).

For photos of the production please visit the Gallery.

Jochen Kupfer as Beckmesser

Debut at the Glyndebourne Festival 2016

Jochen Kupfer als Beckmesser  

On May 21, 2016 Glyndebourne Festival opens with the premiere of Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

Jochen Kupfer will give his debut at the renowned festival in South Sussex as Beckmesser.
Up to the end of June he will appear on the stage of Glyndebourne Opera House in 10 performances of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Michael Güttler, director of the highly acclaimed production is David McVicar.

"Our biggest production ever"

This year's production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, for the second time since 2011 part of the festival programme, was announced as "Our biggest production ever" by Glyndebourne Festival.
The rehearsals have already begun at the end of March.

Since his role debut as Beckmesser in 2011 Jochen Kupfer is regarded as one of the leading "singing actors" of this demanding role.

Jochen Kupfer's Beckmesser
(rehearsal 2nd act)

Jochen Kupfer als Beckmesser

Premiere: May 21, 2016
Next performances: May 25, 29, 2016, June 2, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 2016

>>> Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Glyndebourne Festival

St. Matthew Passion in the Gasteig in Munich

As almost every year during his career, Jochen Kupfer will sing the part of Christ in Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion BWV 244, one of the most overwhelming works in sacred music.

The performance in the Gasteig in Munich on Good Friday, March 25, 2016 with Münchener Bach-Chor and Bach Collegium München will be conducted by Hansjörg Albrecht.

>>> Tickets and further information St. Matthew Passion in Munich

Lied Recital in Nürnberg March 10, 2016

Jochen Kupfer sings Lieder from the late romantic period

On Thursday, March 10, 2016 Jochen Kupfer will present a Lied recital in the small hall of the Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg. He will sing Lieder of the late German romanticism and the musical Jugendstil period by Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Hans Sommer.

Jochen Kupfer's artistic partner will be the renowned Lied pianist Marcelo Amaral.

Concert: March 10, 2016

>>> Tickets and further information

Debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper in March 2016

Jochen Kupfer as broom-maker Peter in Hänsel und Gretel

On saturday, March 5, 2016 Jochen Kupfer will give his debut at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.
He will appear as broom-maker Peter in Engelbert Humperdinck's fairy-tale opera Hänsel und Gretel.

His role debut as broom-maker in November 2014 was highly acclaimed by the press.

Performance: March 5, 2016

>>> Hänsel und Gretel at the Hamburgische Staatsoper

Portrait Jochen Kupfer

"Von Danilo zu König Gunther" - read the latest IMPULS

20 years on the stage, 10 years member of the Staatstheater Nürnberg's ensemble and being awarded "Bayerischer Kammersänger" – Jochen Kupfer talks about his artistic development from Danilo in Die Lustige Witwe to Gunther in Götterdämmerung", about his career, his favourite roles and his wishes for the future.

Read the article in IMPULS, the Staatstheater Nürnberg's theatre magazine, page 35 (in German).

>>> Portrait Jochen Kupfer

Jochen Kupfer's Official Appointment as "Kammersänger"

On January 25, 2016 Jochen Kupfer has officially been awarded the honorary title "Bayerischer Kammersänger".

Foto Jochen Kupfer, Pius Maria Cüppers

Kammersänger Jochen Kupfer
Kammerschauspieler Pius Maria Cüppers

after being appointed Kammersänger and Kammerschauspieler in the Staatstheater Nürnberg's Glucksaal

During the ceremony in the Glucksaal Dr. Ulrich Maly, Mayor of the city of Nürnberg and member of the foundation board of the Staatstheater Nürnberg, awarded the honorary titles "Bayerischer Kammersänger" and "Bayerischer Kammerschauspieler" to Jochen Kupfer and Pius Maria Cüppers.

In his laudation Peter Theiler, artistic director of the Staatstheater Nürnberg, mentioned Jochen Kupfer's artistic merits, his versatility in opera, concert and Lied and his outstanding engagement being member of the Staatstheater's opera ensemble for 10 years.


Congratulations, Kammersänger Jochen Kupfer!

On December 15, 2015 the foundation board of the Staatstheater Nürnberg has unanimously decided to award Jochen Kupfer the honorary title "Bayerischer Kammersänger".

Jochen Kupfer will receive this special award especially for his artistic versatility in opera, concert and Lied for many years.

Christmas Oratorio in the Netherlands

Jochen Kupfer on Tour in Hilversum, Leiden and Lochem

Johann Sebastian Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium will be performed In three wonderful churches of Hilversum, Leiden and Lochem on Dezember 17., 19. and 23, 2015.
Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass part in it.

The Bachkoor Holland and Concertgebouw Kamerorkest will be conducted by Gijs Leenaars.

December 17, 2015, Hilversum, St. Vituskerk
December 19, 2015, Leiden, Pieterskerk
December 23,2015, Lochem, Gudulakerk

>>> visit the concerts

Elias in Las Palmas

On November 20, 2015 Jochen Kupfer will sing Elias, one of his favourite concert parts, in Gran Canaria.

Situated near to the sea, Las Palmas' wonderful concert hall "Auditorio Alfredo Kraus" will be the venue for Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdys Oratorio Elias conducted by Marcus Bosch and with Jochen Kupfer in the main part of Elias.

Concert: November 20, 2015

>>> Elias in Las Palmas

Konzertsaal Las Palmas

Kurwenal in Modena

Tour to Italy with Tristan und Isolde

In the Teatro Communale Luciano Pavarotti in Modena Jochen Kupfer will appear on November 11 and 15, 2015 as Kurwenal in Wagners Tristan und Isolde during a tour of the Staatstheaters Nürnberg.

Foto Kurwenal

Jochen Kupfer as Kurwenal

in Tristan und Isolde


Photo: Staatstheater Nürnberg/L. Olah

The performances will be conducted by Marcus Bosch, the stage direction has Monique Wagemakers.
In January 2016 the production will be presented twice also in the Teatro Claudio Abbado in Ferrara.

Performances Modena: November 11 & 15, 2015
Performances Ferrara: January 14 & 17, 2016

>>> Tristan und Isolde in Modena

"Auf, Gunther, edler Gibichung!"

Jochen Kupfer's Role Debut as Gunther

Jochen Kupfer's opera season begins with a role debut:
From October 11, 2015 Jochen Kupfer will sing Gunther in a new production of Richard Wagner's Götterdämmerung at the Staatstheater Nürnberg (Marcus Bosch - conductor, Georg Schmiedleitner - stage direction).

Premiere: Oktober 11, 2015
Next performances: October 18, 25, November 1, 29, December 13, 20, 27, 2015, January 24, 2016

>>> Götterdämmerung at the Staatstheater Nürnberg

Beginning of the Season at the Musikfest Stuttgart

Jochen Kupfer sings secular cantatas by J. S. Bach

At the beginning of the new season 2015/16 on September 9 & 10, 2015 Jochen Kupfer will sing two concerts at the Musikfest Stuttgart.
The concerts' focus is on Johann Sebastian Bach's secular cantatas.

The Cantatas BWV 201 Geschwinde, geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde and BWV 213 Lasst uns sorgen, lasst uns wachen will be performed in the Auditorium Alfred Kärcher in Winnenden on September 9, 2015.
Based on the Greek mythology, Bach composed them for his Collegium Musicum in Leipzig.

The Cantatas BWV 164 and 194, which will be performed in the Stiftskirche Stuttgart on September 10, 2015, result from Bach's early years in Leipzig.
They also have a secular character - arias are composed as dances like a Gigue, Minuet and so on - and remind us of Bach's secular anniversary cantatas.

Jochen Kupfer will sing the bass parts of all these cantatas. The Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart will be conducted by Hans-Christoph Rademann.

September 9, 2015, Winnenden, Alfred Kärcher Auditorium

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September 10, 2015, Stuttgart, Stiftskirche
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