Jonas Kaufmann, tenor

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Jochen Rieder, conductor

Highlights of the 69th Ljubljana Festival
11. August 2021
8.30 pm
Cankarjev dom
199 €, 149 €, 99 €, 49 €

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Note: This information pertains to a past event. For the most up-to-date information, please check our calendar.

The concert of tenor Jonas Kaufmann, which is scheduled for Wednesday, 11th August, will take place in Cankarjev dom at 8.30 pm. We require a change of tickets, which you can do at Križanke box office:

on Monday, 9th August, 10.00 am  –  8.00 pm
on Tuesday, 10th August, 10.00 am – 8.00 pm
on Wednesday, 11th August, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

and at the info counter in the first foyer of Cankarjev dom on the day of the concert from 5.00 pm till 8.30 pm.

  • German opera star who has sold out the world’s biggest concert venues
  • Equally at home in the leading roles of the German, French and Italian operatic repertoire and the intimate settings of German Lieder.
  • His repertoire of roles is comparable in breadth to that of Plácido Domingo
  • He is the subject of a documentary film entitled Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages
  • He holds an honorary doctorate of music from the Royal Academy of Music in London and is an officer of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France

G. Verdi: Overture to I vespri siciliani
G. Verdi: »La vita è inferno« Don Alvaro’s aria from La forza del destino
A. Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda
A. Ponchielli: »Cielo e mar« Enzo Grimaldi’s aria from La Gioconda
R. Leoncavallo: Intermezzo from I Pagliacci
R. Leoncavallo: »Vesti la giubba« Canio’s aria from I Pagliacci
R. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Act III of The Valkyrie
R. Wagner: »Ein Schwert verhiess mir der Vater« Siegmund’s sword monologue from The Valkyrie
R. Wagner: Prelude to the Act I of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
R. Wagner: »Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein« Walter’s prize song Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
R. Wagner: Prelude to the Act I of Lohengrin
R. Wagner: »In fernem Land« Lohengrin’s Grail narration from Lohengrin

Charming tenor Jonas Kaufmann returns to the Slovene capital following last year’s astonishing Ljubljana Festival debut. The German singer, who is distinguished for his superlative technique and is frequently referred to as the “king of tenors”, is very highly regarded due to his ability to enter fully into whatever character he is portraying.  The evening of opera arias will be based on the two main operatic orientations of the 19th century – Italian and German. Verdi and Wagner were born in the same year. They both enjoyed distinction and were influential. But from there on they had little in common. Verdi’s operas are infused with a lightness, they are extroverted with gorgeous melodies and appealing, for the most part, love stories. Wagner’s musical dramas are characterised by long phrases merging one into another. He is also known for his leitmotif, a sound element that he uses to psychologically mark the role. He most commonly draws his inspirations from German mythology. Amilcare Ponchielli was the other main opera figure in Italy after Verdi, while Ruggiero Leoncavallo was one of the exponents of Italian verismo.  The tenor will be accompanied by the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra under the German conductor Jochen Rieder, who has been linked to Kaufmann through many years of outstanding and intensive musical collaboration.

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