“The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship—all these strengths come together in [Jonas Kaufmann’s] distinctive performances.”
—The New York Times
“The fact that his voice contains multitudes … makes
him an unclassifiable oddity, in the best possible sense. You can’t put [Jonas Kaufmann] in a box, for the simple reason that there’s no box big enough.”
Composed in 1828 in Franz Schubert‘s final days, Schwanengesang (Swan Song) traverses a myriad of emotions, from despair and delusion to ecstasy and love, to form a series of masterful snapshots of all that life can offer. Sitting at the pinnacle of a vocalist’s repertory, these emotive works are given a thrilling new life in the world premiere of a theatrical staging by one of opera’s most adventurous directors, Claus Guth.
Performed by world-renowned tenor Jonas Kaufmann with his long-time collaborator pianist Helmut Deutsch, the heart-melting collection of songs is amplified by additional Schubert repertory, an evocative soundscape, and transformative light and video projections to create a production that is part performance and part installation art. Named for the last song “Der Doppelgänger,” in which a soldier sees themselves and comes to terms with the reality that they did not return from war, this Armory commission beautifully explores the hunger for life and its beauty and the idea that death is not a sudden moment but a last journey.
Artist Talk: Doppelganger
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 5:30pm
Tickets: $20 (plus fees)
A Park Avenue Armory Commission
Pianist Helmut Deutsch
Direction Claus Guth
Set Design Michael Levine
Costume Design Constance Hoffman
Lighting Design Urs Schöenebaum
Sound Composition Mathis Nitschke
Sound Design Mark Grey
Video Design Rocafilm
Movement Direction Ramses Sigl
Program support for Doppelganger is provided by the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Foundation.
Photo: Gregor Honenberg, Sony Classical
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Friday, September 22–
Thursday, September 28, 2023
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This performance is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
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