“Mr. Kaufmann’s continues to be one of the most sought-after tenors with the stamina and heft for Wagner and the ardent warmth for Italian opera.”
The New York Times

In a rare solo performance, Jonas Kaufmann, “the world’s greatest tenor” (The Telegraph, UK), takes on the Wade Thompson Drill Hall in a theatrical staging of Franz Schubert’s Schwanengesang (Swan Song), directed by one of opera’s most adventurous directors, Claus Guth, and designed by Michael Levine. Composed in 1828 in Schubert’s final days, Schwanengesang is a heart-melting collection of songs that portray a man in despair, delusion, and at times, in ecstasy. The production folds in additional Schubert repertory as well as sound compositions by Mathis Nitschke. Named for the ultimate song “Der Doppelgänger,” this production stages songs with lyrics from poems by Ludwig Rellstab and Heinrich Heine, works that are the pinnacle of a vocalist’s repertory. The myriad emotions that the cycle runs, from the jubilant “Liebesbotschaft” to the somber depth of “Der Doppelgänger,” will display a genre-defying performance by Kaufmann.

Artist Talk: Doppelganger
Monday, October 19, 2020 at 6:00pm
Tickets: $15

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Opening Night Benefit: Doppelganger
Friday, October 16, 2020

Tickets start at $2,500. Contact Melissa Stone, Associate Director of Special Events, for tables and tickets at (212) 616-3961 or

A New Commission by Park Avenue Armory

Starring Jonas Kaufmann
Helmut Deutsch, Pianist
Claus Guth, Director
Michael Levine, Scenic Design
Urs Schönebaum, Lighting Design
Rocafilm, Video Design
Mathis Nitschke, Sound Composition


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October 16–20, 2020

Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Monday and Tuesday at 7:30pm
Tickets start at $45 (plus fees)

Wade Thompson Drill Hall

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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes with no intermission.

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