KS Prof. Jochen Kupfer

Vocale performance | Speaker of the Vocal Performance Section
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Building: Bibrastraße | Room: B 210
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Jochen Kupfer is in demand worldwide both in concert halls and on opera stages.

In addition to permanent engagements at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatstheater Nuremberg, guest engagements have taken him to the opera houses in Beijing, Tokyo, Strasbourg and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, to the Zurich Opera House, the Vienna Volksoper, the Graz Opera and to the styriarte, the Hamburg State Opera, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Leipzig Opera, the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

Much acclaimed role debuts in recent seasons have been Stolzius in B. A. Zimmermann's Die Soldaten, Wozzeck in Berg's opera of the same name, Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Mandryka (Arabella), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Orest (Elektra), the Villains (Hoffmann's Tales), Escamillo (Carmen), the title role in Rossini's Guillaume Tell, Giorgio Germont (La Traviata) and Pizarro (Fidelio).

In 2011, the press unanimously judged Jochen Kupfer's debut as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Nuremberg State Theater) as "simply brilliant" (Opernwelt).

His debut at the 2016 Glyndebourne Opera Festival as Beckmesser was commented by the press as "Beckmesser sings gloriously..." (Daily Express).

With concerts and recitals, he has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel and in the USA, as well as at numerous renowned international festivals. His repertoire includes Bach's Passions and Haydn's Creation as well as the great romantic oratorios, Orff's Carmina burana and the great well-known song cycles up to the songs of the late romantic period and the transition to the modern age.

Jochen Kupfer has sung under the baton of renowned conductors such as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Krzysztof Urbanski, Dirk Kaftan, Constantin Trinks, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jeffrey Tate, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Christof Prick, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Paavo Järvi, Sir Roger Norrington and Herbert Blomstedt.

In 2016, Jochen Kupfer was appointed Bavarian Chamber Singer.

With Schubert's Winterreise (CD, MeisterKlang) and Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on DVD, two first-class recordings have been released to complement his numerous recordings from the lied and concert repertoire.

Jochen Kupfer began singing lessons at the age of nine at the music school in his hometown of Grimma. He studied singing with Helga Forner (Leipzig Conservatory), attended master classes with Theo Adam, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as well as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and complemented his studies with Rudolf Piernay, Harald Stamm and Dale Fundling.