Jochen Kupfer is one of Germany’s most sought-after singers. His guest appearances in the world’s concert halls and opera houses have been internationally celebrated.
The 2016/17 season will feature Jochen Kupfer's role debut as Lindorf/Coppélius/Dapertutto/Dr. Miracle at the Vienna Volksoper in Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann. Another role debut will be his appearance as Wozzeck in the a new production of Berg's opera at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Other leading roles during this season will be the broom-maker Peter (Hänsel und Gretel, Staatsoper Hamburg and Staatstheater Nürnberg), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde, Oper Graz) and Gunther (Götterdämmerung, Staatstheater Nürnberg).
In addition to opera Jochen Kupfer is focussing on international concert appearances and Lied recitals, e. g. with W. A. Mozart's Requiem during a tour in China and Korea, in Rome at Sala Santa Cecilia (New Year's Concert), Bonn (Britten, War Requiem), Nürnberg (Ein deutsches Requiem, St. John's Passion, among others), Berlin (Missa solemnis) and Indianapolis (Carmina burana).
Highly acclaimed role debuts in preceding seasons included Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Mandryka (Arabella), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) as well as
Orest (Elektra), Escamillo (Carmen), the title role in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and the broom-maker (Hänsel und Gretel).
His debut as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Staatstheater Nürnberg) in 2011 was described as "just brilliant" (Opernwelt) in the press.
Jochen Kupfer's debut at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival 2016 as Beckmesser was acclaimed as "Beckmesser sings gloriously…" (Daily Express).
In addition to his engagements at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatstheater Nürnberg guest appearances have taken Jochen Kupfer to the opera houses in Tokyo, Strasbourg and to the Teatro Colón in Buenos as well as to Staatsoper Hamburg, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Opernhaus Zürich, Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and Bayerische Staatsoper München.
Jochen Kupfer has appeared with famous conductors including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, RenéJacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jeffrey Tate, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Christof Prick, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Paavo Järvi and Herbert Blomstedt.
He has given recitals and concert performances throughout Europe, in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel and the United States and at international festivals as well.
The first-rate releases of Schubert’s Winterreise (CD, MeisterKlang) and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on DVD have added to his numerous other recordings in the recital and concert repertoire.
In January 2016 Jochen Kupfer has been awarded the honorary title "Bayerischer Kammersänger".
He is the winner of numerous renowned singing competitions. When he was still a student, he was engaged by the Südthüringisches Staatstheater Meiningen.
When he was only nine years old, he got his first singing lessons at the music school of his native town of Grimma. He studied with Helga Forner (Musikhochschule Leipzig) and attended Master Classes with Theo Adam, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, completing his studies with Rudolf Piernay, Harald Stamm and Dale Fundling.