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Jochen Kupfer

Jochen Kupfer


Baritone

Firmly established in Europe as a singer of unusual depth and deep musicality, German baritone Jochen Kupfer is now also enjoying a growing career in the United States.

Recently Jochen Kupfer made his role debut as Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle at the Vienna Volksoper in Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Another role debut was his appearance as Wozzeck in a new production of Berg’s opera in a return to Staatstheater Nürnberg. Other recent highlights include Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Staatsoper Hamburg and Staatstheater Nürnberg;, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Oper Graz; Gunther in Götterdämmerung with Staatstheater Nürnberg; Orff’s Carmina Buranawith the Indianapolis Symphony under Krysztof Urbanski; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Staatsheater Nurnberg; Escamillo in Carmen, Gunther in Gotterdammerung and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara; and his debut at the Glynebourne Festival as Beckmesser in Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg. In past seasons with Staatstheater Nurnberg he has sung Germont in La traviata, Marcel in Les Huguenots, Mandryka in Arabella, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He sang Wolfram in Tannhäuser in new productions in Japan and France, and debuted at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as the Spirit Messenger in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten.

In addition to his long association with Staatstheater Nürnberg, Jochen Kupfer appeared for multiple seasons with Semperoper Dresden, where his roles included the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has also appeared with Komische Oper Berlin in the title role in Don Giovanni, Opernhaus Zürich in the title role in Guillaume Tell, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) as Olivier in Capriccio, and the Bayerische Staatsoper München as Guglielmo.

Mr. Kupfer’s concert and recital appearances have taken him to Japan and throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musik Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Nuits Romantiques in Aix-les-Bains, lle de France Paris, Festival International de Musique et d’Art Lyrique Montreux, the Rossini Festival and the Salzburg Festival. He has performed in concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona, Bach Collegium München, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico.

Jochen Kupfer has sung under such distinguished conductors as René Jacobs, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mark Soustrot, Hartmut Hähnchen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Trevor Pinnock, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Paavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kurt Masur, and Kent Nagano. His multiple recordings include releases of a recording of Schubert’s Winterreise on the MeisterKlang label, a DVD performance as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Konstabel in Strauss´ Friedenstag for Deutsche Grammophon, a CD of Robert Schumann songs for Channel Classics, and the complete songs of Franz Schreker.

At the age of nine, Jochen received his first singing lessons in his hometown of Grimma. He subsequently studied with Helga Forner at the Musikhochschule Leipzig, attended master classes with Theo Adam and Elio Battaglia, and later completed his studies with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Harald Stamm, and Dale Fundling.

Danes Deliver Rare Works by a Native Son

“Among the vocal soloists, Jochen Kupfer, a baritone, stood out for his hearty voice and abundant character.”

– Steve Smith, The New York TimesRelated Link

 

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Op. 123 – CODAEX Deutschland | Released 12/03/2012


 

Schubert: Winterreise – Meisterklang | Released 03/21/2012


 

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: Johannes-Passion – Capriccio | Released 01/01/2004


 

Richard Strauss: Friedenstag – Deutsche Grammophon | Released 09/10/2001


Orchestral

  • Bach, C. P. E. 
    Magnificat
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion
    Stabat Mater

    Bach, J. S.
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B minor
    St. John Passion (bass part, Jesus words)
    St. Matthew Passion (bass part, Jesus words)

    Beethoven
    Mass C Major, Op. 86
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87

    Brahms 
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Britten 
    War Requiem

    Bräutigam 
    Markus Passion

    Bruch 
    Moses

    Danielpour
    Elegies

    Dvorák 
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater

    Eben 
    Anno Domini – Passover of the Lord – Baritone part

    Elgar 
    The Apostles (Jesus)

    Fauré 
    Requiem

    Gounod 
    Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (Cecilia Fair)

    Handel 
    Belshazzar (Gobrias)
    Dixit Dominus
    Judas Maccabaeus
    Messiah
    Samson
    Theodora – Valens

    Haydn 
    Lord Nelson Mass
    Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse)
    Missa Sancti Nicolai
    Stabat Mater
    The Creation
    The Seasons
    Theresienmesse

    Heinichen 
    Mass No. 9
    Mass No. 11

    Liszt 
    Die Legende von der Heiligen Elizabeth

    Mahler 
    Das klagende Lied
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Kindertotenlieder
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Symphonie No. 8 (Bariton Solo)
    Rückert-Lieder

    Martin 
    Golgotha (Jesus)
    Jedermann-Monologe

    Mayr 
    Il sagrifizio di Jefte

    Mendelssohn 
    Christus
    Elijah
    Paulus
    Die Erste Walpurgisnacht

    Mozart 
    Coronation Mass
    Mass in C minor
    Missa Brevis
    Requiem
    Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

    Oosten 
    Mare Liberum

    Orff 
    Carmina Burana
    Der Mond

    Puccini 
    Messa di Gloria

    Reger
    The Hermit, op. 144a

    Rossini 
    Missa di Ravenna

    Rutter 
    Mass of the Children

    Saint-Saëns 
    Christmas Oratorio

    Schubert 
    Verschiedene Messen

    Schumann 
    Der Rose Pilgerfahrt
    Manfred (bass part)
    Scenes from Goethe’s Faust – Faust/Father Seraphicus/ Doctor Marianus

    Schoenberg
    Pulcinella
    A Survivor from Warsaw

    Schütz 
    Die Sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuze

    Sciarrino
    Le voci sottovetro

    Strauss
    Deutsche Motette

    Telemann 
    Donner-Ode
    Macht hoch die Tür
    Moralische Kantaten

    Verdi 
    Requiem

    Zelenka
    Te Deum ZWV 146

    Zemlinsky
    Lyric Symphony

Opera

  • Batistelli
    La Prova d´Orchestra (Direttore)

    Beethoven 
    Fidelio (Don Pizarro, Don Ferrando)

    Berg 
    Wozzeck (Wozzeck)

    Bizet
    Carmen (Escamillo, Morales)

    Braunfels 
    Die Vögel (Wiedehopf)

    Britten 
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius)

    Humperdinck
    Hansel and Gretel (Peter)

    Korngold
    Die Tote Stadt (Fritz, Frank)

    Léhar 
    The Merry Widow (Danilo)

    Leoncavallo 
    I Pagliacci (Silvio)

    Mozart 
    Così Fan Tutte (Guglielmo)
    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Count)
    Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

    Offenbach
    Hoffman’s Tales (Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr. Miracle/ Dapertutto

    Penderecki
    The Devils of Loudun (Prinz Henri de Condé)

    Puccini 
    La Bohème (Marcello)
    Gianni Schicchi (Marco)
    Turandot (Ping)

    Purcell 
    Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)

    Ries
    The Robber’s Bride (Count Viterbo)

    Rossini 
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
    La Cenerentola (Dandini)
    Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)

    Salieri 
    Prima la Musica e poi le Parole (Maestro)

    Schreker 
    Der ferne Klang (Der Graf, Rudolf)

    Schubert 
    Der Graf von Gleichen (Graf von Gleichen)

    Strauss, J. 
    Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein, Dr. Falke)

    Strauss, R.
    Arabella (Mandryka)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin, Der Musiklehrer)
    Capriccio (Olivier)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)
    Elektra (Orest)
    Die Frau ohne Schatten (Spirit Messenger)
    Friedenstag (Konstabel)
    Salome (Jochanaan)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Onegin)

    Verdi
    Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
    La Traviata (Germont)

    Wagner 
    Gods Dawn (Gunther)
    Lohengrin (Heer caller)
    The Meistersinger of Nuremberg (Beckmesser, Kothner)
    Tannhäuser (Tungsten)
    Tristan and Isolde (Kurwenal, Melot)

    Weber
    Der Freischütz (Ottokar)

    Weill 
    Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Bill)

    Zimmerman
    The Shoeu and the Flying Princess (Shoeu)

Lied

  • Brahms 
    Die schöne Magelone (together with an actor as a speaker)

    Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf
    Dichterliebe
    Liederkreis op. 24
    Kernerlieder op. 35
    Selected Songs (E. Möricke)

    Richard Strauss Evening Songs
    Kramerspiegel, op. 66
    Three Songs op. 31 (Buses)
    Stiller Gang op. 31, 4 (Dehmel)
    Six Songs op. 19 (by Schack)

    Evening Songs: Various Composers
    Franz Schubert
    Johannes Brahms
    Hugo Wolf
    Richard Strauss

    Song of Art Nouveau
    Arnold Schönberg
    Franz Schreker
    Alexander Zemlinsky
    Gustav Mahler
    Richard Strauss
    Hans Sommer

    Franz Schubert
    Winterreise
    Die schöne Müllerin

    Gustav Mahler Duets (For baritone and mezzo soprano)
    Songs of a Wayfarer
    Rückert songs
    Children’s death
    Duets from “The Knaben Wunderhorn”

    Evening Duets
    Robert Schumann
    Johannes Brahms
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

    Goethe Liederabend (According to texts by JW Goethe)
    Carl Friedrich Zelter
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Franz Schubert
    Carl Loewe
    Hugo Wolf
    Ferruccio Busoni

Orchestral

  • Bach, C. P. E. 
    Magnificat
    St. John Passion
    St. Matthew Passion
    Stabat Mater

    Bach, J. S.
    Christmas Oratorio
    Magnificat
    Mass in B minor
    St. John Passion (bass part, Jesus words)
    St. Matthew Passion (bass part, Jesus words)

    Beethoven
    Mass C Major, Op. 86
    Missa Solemnis
    Symphony No. 9
    Cantata on the Death of Emperor Joseph II, WoO 87

    Brahms 
    Ein Deutsches Requiem

    Britten 
    War Requiem

    Bräutigam 
    Markus Passion

    Bruch 
    Moses

    Danielpour
    Elegies

    Dvorák 
    Requiem
    Stabat Mater

    Eben 
    Anno Domini – Passover of the Lord – Baritone part

    Elgar 
    The Apostles (Jesus)

    Fauré 
    Requiem

    Gounod 
    Messe Solennelle de Sainte-Cécile (Cecilia Fair)

    Handel 
    Belshazzar (Gobrias)
    Dixit Dominus
    Judas Maccabaeus
    Messiah
    Samson
    Theodora – Valens

    Haydn 
    Lord Nelson Mass
    Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse)
    Missa Sancti Nicolai
    Stabat Mater
    The Creation
    The Seasons
    Theresienmesse

    Heinichen 
    Mass No. 9
    Mass No. 11

    Liszt 
    Die Legende von der Heiligen Elizabeth

    Mahler 
    Das klagende Lied
    Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Kindertotenlieder
    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
    Symphonie No. 8 (Bariton Solo)
    Rückert-Lieder

    Martin 
    Golgotha (Jesus)
    Jedermann-Monologe

    Mayr 
    Il sagrifizio di Jefte

    Mendelssohn 
    Christus
    Elijah
    Paulus
    Die Erste Walpurgisnacht

    Mozart 
    Coronation Mass
    Mass in C minor
    Missa Brevis
    Requiem
    Vesperae Solennes de Confessore

    Oosten 
    Mare Liberum

    Orff 
    Carmina Burana
    Der Mond

    Puccini 
    Messa di Gloria

    Reger
    The Hermit, op. 144a

    Rossini 
    Missa di Ravenna

    Rutter 
    Mass of the Children

    Saint-Saëns 
    Christmas Oratorio

    Schubert 
    Verschiedene Messen

    Schumann 
    Der Rose Pilgerfahrt
    Manfred (bass part)
    Scenes from Goethe’s Faust – Faust/Father Seraphicus/ Doctor Marianus

    Schoenberg
    Pulcinella
    A Survivor from Warsaw

    Schütz 
    Die Sieben Worte Jesu am Kreuze

    Sciarrino
    Le voci sottovetro

    Strauss
    Deutsche Motette

    Telemann 
    Donner-Ode
    Macht hoch die Tür
    Moralische Kantaten

    Verdi 
    Requiem

    Zelenka
    Te Deum ZWV 146

    Zemlinsky
    Lyric Symphony

Opera

  • Batistelli
    La Prova d´Orchestra (Direttore)

    Beethoven 
    Fidelio (Don Pizarro, Don Ferrando)

    Berg 
    Wozzeck (Wozzeck)

    Bizet
    Carmen (Escamillo, Morales)

    Braunfels 
    Die Vögel (Wiedehopf)

    Britten 
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius)

    Humperdinck
    Hansel and Gretel (Peter)

    Korngold
    Die Tote Stadt (Fritz, Frank)

    Léhar 
    The Merry Widow (Danilo)

    Leoncavallo 
    I Pagliacci (Silvio)

    Mozart 
    Così Fan Tutte (Guglielmo)
    Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni)
    Le Nozze di Figaro (Count)
    Die Zauberflöte (Papageno)

    Offenbach
    Hoffman’s Tales (Lindorf/Coppélius/Dr. Miracle/ Dapertutto

    Penderecki
    The Devils of Loudun (Prinz Henri de Condé)

    Puccini 
    La Bohème (Marcello)
    Gianni Schicchi (Marco)
    Turandot (Ping)

    Purcell 
    Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas)

    Ries
    The Robber’s Bride (Count Viterbo)

    Rossini 
    Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Figaro)
    La Cenerentola (Dandini)
    Guillaume Tell (Guillaume Tell)

    Salieri 
    Prima la Musica e poi le Parole (Maestro)

    Schreker 
    Der ferne Klang (Der Graf, Rudolf)

    Schubert 
    Der Graf von Gleichen (Graf von Gleichen)

    Strauss, J. 
    Die Fledermaus (Eisenstein, Dr. Falke)

    Strauss, R.
    Arabella (Mandryka)
    Ariadne auf Naxos (Harlekin, Der Musiklehrer)
    Capriccio (Olivier)
    Der Rosenkavalier (Faninal)
    Elektra (Orest)
    Die Frau ohne Schatten (Spirit Messenger)
    Friedenstag (Konstabel)
    Salome (Jochanaan)

    Tchaikovsky
    Eugene Onegin (Onegin)

    Verdi
    Don Carlo (Rodrigo)
    La Traviata (Germont)

    Wagner 
    Gods Dawn (Gunther)
    Lohengrin (Heer caller)
    The Meistersinger of Nuremberg (Beckmesser, Kothner)
    Tannhäuser (Tungsten)
    Tristan and Isolde (Kurwenal, Melot)

    Weber
    Der Freischütz (Ottokar)

    Weill 
    Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (Bill)

    Zimmerman
    The Shoeu and the Flying Princess (Shoeu)

Lied

  • Brahms 
    Die schöne Magelone (together with an actor as a speaker)

    Robert Schumann and Hugo Wolf
    Dichterliebe
    Liederkreis op. 24
    Kernerlieder op. 35
    Selected Songs (E. Möricke)

    Richard Strauss Evening Songs
    Kramerspiegel, op. 66
    Three Songs op. 31 (Buses)
    Stiller Gang op. 31, 4 (Dehmel)
    Six Songs op. 19 (by Schack)

    Evening Songs: Various Composers
    Franz Schubert
    Johannes Brahms
    Hugo Wolf
    Richard Strauss

    Song of Art Nouveau
    Arnold Schönberg
    Franz Schreker
    Alexander Zemlinsky
    Gustav Mahler
    Richard Strauss
    Hans Sommer

    Franz Schubert
    Winterreise
    Die schöne Müllerin

    Gustav Mahler Duets (For baritone and mezzo soprano)
    Songs of a Wayfarer
    Rückert songs
    Children’s death
    Duets from “The Knaben Wunderhorn”

    Evening Duets
    Robert Schumann
    Johannes Brahms
    Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

    Goethe Liederabend (According to texts by JW Goethe)
    Carl Friedrich Zelter
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Franz Schubert
    Carl Loewe
    Hugo Wolf
    Ferruccio Busoni

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Short Biography

Firmly established in Europe as a singer of unusual depth and deep musicality, German baritone Jochen Kupfer is now also enjoying a growing career in the United States.

Recently Jochen Kupfer made his role debut as Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle at the Vienna Volksoper in Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Another role debut was his appearance as Wozzeck in a new production of Berg’s opera in a return to Staatstheater Nürnberg. Other recent highlights include Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Staatsoper Hamburg and Staatstheater Nürnberg;, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Oper Graz; Gunther in Götterdämmerung with Staatstheater Nürnberg; Orff’s Carmina Buranawith the Indianapolis Symphony under Krysztof Urbanski; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Staatsheater Nurnberg; Escamillo in Carmen, Gunther in Gotterdammerung and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara; his debut at the Glynebourne Festival as Beckmesser in Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg. In past seasons with Staatstheater Nurnberg he has sung Germont in La traviata, Marcel in Les Huguenots, Mandryka in Arabella, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He sang Wolfram in Tannhäuser in new productions in Japan and France, and debuted at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as the Spirit Messenger in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Full Biography

Firmly established in Europe as a singer of unusual depth and deep musicality, German baritone Jochen Kupfer is now also enjoying a growing career in the United States.

Recently Jochen Kupfer made his role debut as Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle at the Vienna Volksoper in Jacques Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann. Another role debut was his appearance as Wozzeck in a new production of Berg’s opera in a return to Staatstheater Nürnberg. Other recent highlights include Peter in Hänsel und Gretel with Staatsoper Hamburg and Staatstheater Nürnberg;, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with Oper Graz; Gunther in Götterdämmerung with Staatstheater Nürnberg; Orff’s Carmina Buranawith the Indianapolis Symphony under Krysztof Urbanski; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Staatsheater Nurnberg; Escamillo in Carmen, Gunther in Gotterdammerung and Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde with the Teatro Comunale di Modena and Teatro Comunale di Ferrara; and his debut at the Glynebourne Festival as Beckmesser in Der Meistersinger von Nurnberg. In past seasons with Staatstheater Nurnberg he has sung Germont in La traviata, Marcel in Les Huguenots, Mandryka in Arabella, Kurwenal in Tristan und Isolde and Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He sang Wolfram in Tannhäuser in new productions in Japan and France, and debuted at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as the Spirit Messenger in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten.

In addition to his long association with Staatstheater Nürnberg, Jochen Kupfer appeared for multiple seasons with Semperoper Dresden, where his roles included the Count in Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. He has also appeared with Komische Oper Berlin in the title role in Don Giovanni, Opernhaus Zürich in the title role in Guillaume Tell, Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) as Olivier in Capriccio, and the Bayerische Staatsoper München as Guglielmo.

Mr. Kupfer’s concert and recital appearances have taken him to Japan and throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Rheingau Musik Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Nuits Romantiques in Aix-les-Bains, lle de France Paris, Festival International de Musique et d’Art Lyrique Montreux, the Rossini Festival and the Salzburg Festival. He has performed in concert with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Barcelona, Bach Collegium München, Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico.

Jochen Kupfer has sung under such distinguished conductors as René Jacobs, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mark Soustrot, Hartmut Hähnchen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki, Trevor Pinnock, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Paavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kurt Masur, and Kent Nagano. His multiple recordings include releases of a recording of Schubert’s Winterreise on the MeisterKlang label, a DVD performance as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Konstabel in Strauss´ Friedenstag for Deutsche Grammophon, a CD of Robert Schumann songs for Channel Classics, and the complete songs of Franz Schreker.

At the age of nine, Jochen received his first singing lessons in his hometown of Grimma. He subsequently studied with Helga Forner at the Musikhochschule Leipzig, attended master classes with Theo Adam and Elio Battaglia, and later completed his studies with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Harald Stamm, and Dale Fundling.