Just in: Jonas Kaufmann takes his Otello back home

Just in: Jonas Kaufmann takes his Otello back home


norman lebrecht

March 18, 2018

Bavarian State Opera is in the throes of announcing its 2018/19 season.

Hometown boy Jonas Kaufmann will open the season as Otello, opposite Anja Harteros as Desdemona and Gerald Finley as Iago. New production by Amelie Niermeyer will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko.

Kaufmann sang his first Verdi Otello at Covent Garden last summer. In a recent interview he told me that Antonio Pappano and Kirill Petrenko were his preferred conductors for new work.



  • Olassus says:

    The peacock-Intendant Nikolaus Bachler keeps hiring dumb, salad-green stage directors and then, after their work results in productions nobody wants to see twice, REHIRES them: Antú Romero Nunes, Árpád Schilling, Amélie Niermeyer, etc.

  • Kathleen Hanley says:

    Jonas Kaufman has a nice rich tone but he is vastly overrated.
    He has to strain always, his voice is not effortless..

  • Sebastian Petit says:

    Clearly to day is St Snidey’s feast day…

  • Jim L. says:

    Kathleen is correct. His voice does not seem easily produced. In the areas of his voice that are easily projected his expressiveness is effective. Where he encounters difficulty the expressiveness dries up.

  • Alejandro Berger says:

    I would love to see him in Otello.