Star tenor sings at the “Emperor’s” farewell

He performs on the largest opera and concert stages in the world. This Friday Jonas Kaufmann sings in honor of Franz Beckenbauer.

Jonas Kaufmann will provide further poignant moments at the memorial service for Franz Beckenbauer. The 54-year-old star tenor is scheduled to sing three songs this Friday in Munich’s Allianz Arena and “give a worthy musical setting” to Beckenbauer’s farewell, as FC Bayern announced on Wednesday evening. Kaufmann, born in Munich, will sing, among other things, “Time to say Goodbye” in the Italian version “Con te partiro” at the beginning of the memorial service.

Memorial service starts at 3 p.m

It was an honor for him to be able to contribute, said Kaufmann. “I grew up in Munich and have been a fan of FC Bayern since my childhood. In my eyes, Franz Beckenbauer is the greatest personality of the club and of all of German football; he is unrivaled as an athlete and person,” said the singer in the club’s announcement.

The memorial service for the football “emperor”, who died on January 7th at the age of 78, begins this Friday at 3 p.m. Big names from politics and sport are expected, and the funeral service will be widely broadcast on television.

As captain, Beckenbauer led the German national team to a World Cup triumph in 1974. In 1990 he won the title as team boss with the DFB team. Beckenbauer also played a significant role in the fact that the 2006 World Cup, which is remembered as a summer fairy tale, was awarded to Germany.