Jonas Kaufmann Announces $5,000 Donation to Support Artists Affected by COVID-19

By David Salazar

Famed tenor Jonas Kaufmann has announced that he will be donating $5,000 to help artists facing unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After his recital on Saturday afternoon as part of the Met Stars Live in Concert series, the tenor made the announcement of his intent. However, he has made the announcement official via his social media platforms.

“Dear friends, as announced, I would like to donate $5000 in order to help artists who have been forced into unemployment due to COVID to survive the crisis until they can work again. In the past couple of days, many of you have asked where to donate. I‘ve decided to help opera singers in my country:,” the tenor wrote on his Facebook page before calling on others to do the same. “I would, however, like to ask you to maybe donate to one of the many artists associations in your respective countries: #wewillmetagain, for instance, is an organization of the unemployed METorchestra, which is trying to get their musicians through the hard times until The Metropolitan Opera can open again. They have many ongoing projects through their organization.”

Next up for the tenor are a couple of performances of Verdi’s “Aida” at the Teatro San Carlo di Napoli on July 28 and 31, 2020.