Jonas Kaufmann Stars in Park Avenue Armory’s ‘Doppelganger’

By Francisco Salazar

Jonas Kaufmann will return to New York this September in the world premiere of “Doppelganger” at the Park Avenue Armory.

The Armory Commission will reimagine Franz Schubert’s rarely staged song cycle “Schwanengesang” as a multi-dimensional theatrical performance directed by Claus Guth.

Kaufmann will be joined by pianist Helmut Deutsch and both will break the conventions of traditional classical performance with an evocative soundscape composed by Mathis Nitschke, and transformative light and video projections. Michael Levine will be the set designer.

In a statement, Pierre Audi, the Armory’s Marina Kellen French Artistic Director, “We assembled these once-in-a-generation talents to create a remarkable piece at the Armory that is stirring and grand in scale, and—as with many bespoke Armory commissions—unexpected in form. Kaufmann’s iconic voice in the transcendent Drill Hall paired with Guth’s inventive staging brings Schubert’s sublime repertoire to life in a way that’s never been seen before.”

“Doppelganger ” will be performed between Sept. 22 and 28, 2023.