Jochen Kupfer is a sought-after artist in the world’s opera houses and concert halls. In addition to his permanent engagements at the Semperoper Dresden and the Staatstheater Nürnberg, guest engagements took him to the opera houses in Tokyo, Strasbourg, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Leipzig, Zürich and Munich. Jochen has appeared with many important conductors including Giuseppe Sinopoli, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Chailly, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, Jeffrey Tate, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Christof Prick, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi, Yuri Temirkanov, Paavo Järvi and Herbert Blomstedt.
Highly acclaimed role débuts in recent seasons have included Mandryka (Arabella), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde), Orest (Elektra), the title role in Rossini’s Guillaume Tell, Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel) and Pizarro (Fidelio). His début as Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Staatstheater Nürnberg, 2011) was described as “just brilliant” (Opernwelt). He reprised this role at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2016, culminating a year that saw him sing Carmen (Escamillo), Tristan und Isolde (Kurwenal) and Le nozze di Figaro (Il conte Almaviva). Future engagements include Hänsel und Gretel (Peter) in Hamburg and Nürnberg, as well as Wozzeck (Wozzeck) and Götterdämmerung (Gunther).
Jochen Kupfer has given recitals and concert performances throughout Europe, in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong, Israel and the United States and at many renowned international festivals. His concert repertoire includes J. S. Bach’s passions, the great romantic oratorios, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons, Orff’s Carmina Burana as well as the famous Lied cycles and Lieder of the Late Romantic up to the Early Modern period.
The first-class releases of Schubert’s Winterreise (CD, MeisterKlang) and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg on DVD in 2012 have added to his numerous other recordings from his recital and concert repertoire.
When he was only nine years old, he had his first singing lessons at the music school of his native town of Grimma. He studied with Helga Forner (Musikhochschule Leipzig) and attended masterclasses with Theo Adam, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, completing his studies with Rudolf Piernay, Harald Stamm and Dale Fundling.