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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.
 

Wanderer  

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

  Wanderer
Wanderer  


"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."

  Wanderer
Wanderer  

"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."

  Wanderer

NEW DATE SCENIC RECITAL "WANDERER"
 

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


SCENIC RECITAL HAS TO BE CANCELLED
 

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.


WANDERER

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."



Probenfoto

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.

Concert:
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.

Concerts:
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


JOCHEN KUPFER AS CHORÈBE

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


SEASON'S OPENING 2017/18 WITH MISSA SOLEMNIS

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: info@muldentaltv.de 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 www.muldentaltv.de.

>>> 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


ST. PAUL at the BACHFEST LEIPZIG

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


OMNIA SOL TEMPERAT

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


Matthäus.Passion

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."
(crescendo.de, 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


"Frühling"

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."
Bachtrack.com, 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!


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.

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

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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.

Concerts:
September 9, 2015, Winnenden, Alfred Kärcher Auditorium

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September 10, 2015, Stuttgart, Stiftskirche
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