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The baritone Jochen Kupfer was born in Grimma, Germany, and has been studying voice regularly since the age of ten. He began his conservatory studies in 1990 with Prof. Helga Forner at the Musikhochschule Leipzig.
Study with Elio Battaglia, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf completed his training.
Mr. Kupfer has sung with such distinguished conductors as Rene Jacobs, Krzysztof Penderecki, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Mark Soustrot, Hartmut Hähnchen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Helmuth Rilling, Masaaki Suzuki and Trevor Pinnock.
Concert tours have taken him to various European cities and to Japan. He has also worked at many international music festivals, most notably Nuits Romantiques in Aix-les-Bains, lle de France Paris, Festival International de Musique et d'Art Lyrique Montreux, the Rossini Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
Among his operatic repertoire are such roles as Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser, Olivier in Strauss´ Capriccio and Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. He is currently engaged at the Semper Oper in Dresden, where he sings roles such as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, and Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. A recent guest engagement has taken him to the Staatsoper "Unter den Linden" in Berlin and to the Bayrische Staatsoper in Munich.
In addition to his work in the fields of opera and concert singing, Mr. Kupfer has a special preference for the art of Lieder singing. In 1996 he sang Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for the first time with the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, under the baton of Kurt Masur.
His discography includes Konstabel in Strauss' Friedenstag for Deutsche Grammophon and a CD of Schumann songs for Channel Classics as well as the complete songs of Franz Schreker.
Jochen Kupfer sings:
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