German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has recently returned to the US after an absence of almost a year and is poised to once again grab the attention of opera fans. On Friday, April 22, Kaufmann will make his role debut as Siegmund in the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Wagner’s Die Walküre. In addition, Kaufmann was presented with an Opera News Award this past Sunday and yesterday Decca released his all-new album, Verismo, as well as a new DVD of Tosca.
Die Walküre, the next installment in the Metropolitan Opera’s new Ring cycle which is directed by Robert Lepage, receives its premiere performance on Friday, April 22. For this highly anticipated event Jonas Kaufmann will sing the role of Siegmund in a cast that also includes fellow Universal recording artist Bryn Terfel and sopranos Deborah Voigt and Eva-Maria Westbroek. The opera will be broadcast as part of the Met’s Live in HD series on May 14 which will be the first time Kaufmann has appeared in one of these transmissions.