Jonas Kaufmann To Make First Appearance At Vienna Opera Ball 2017

By David Salazar

Jonas Kaufmann recently made his big return to the opera world after a long hiatus and he’s releasing major news on a daily basis.

The latest news features the tenor performing at the famed Vienna Opera Ball on Feb. 23, 2017. This would mark his first invitation to the annual event, which is one of the major social events of Viennese society. He will be singing selections from Bizet’s “Carmen” and Lehar’s “Das Land des Lächelns.”

The news comes days after Kaufmann unveiled the upcoming release of his recording of Mahler’s “Das Lied Von Der Erde.” He is presumably singing both parts in the famed work, though no confirmation or release date has been announced as of yet.

Kaufmann recently received rave reviews for his big return to the stage in Wagner’s “Lohengrin” in Paris.

The tenor has been taking a leave of absence since October after announcing that side effects from medication had caused a haematoma. After that he committed to remaining on vocal rest until his haematoma “completely subsided.” This forced him to cancel numerous engagements, including a debut in Monte Carlo, the Grand Opening concert Hamburg as well as the Nobel Prize ceremony.