Jonas Kaufmann is in studio, recording Otello

Jonas Kaufmann is in studio, recording Otello


norman lebrecht

July 07, 2019

We hear that the Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale Santa Cecila, Roma, were in studio recording Verdi’s Otello for Sony Classical with a cast including Jonas Kaufmann, Federica Lombardi and Carlos Alvarez conducted by Antonio Pappano.

From the man himself:


View this post on Instagram


Great time with great artists & friends!

A post shared by Jonas Kaufmann (@tenorkaufmann) on



  • Caravaggio says:

    Yawn. These clowns couldn’t find space in the pic for the Desdemona? Reminds me of the recent cover of Vogue magazine in which at least two of the female candidates for the Democratic party presidential nomination in the US were excluded. How insulting to them and to our intelligence.

    • Alan says:

      Ironic that you’re giving out about being insulted.

    • Santa Maria says:

      People like you will always find something to complain about. Just enjoy the music, this is not about politics.
      *rolling my eyes*

    • a colleague says:

      then don’t buy the recording…

    • John Sorel says:

      It’s a studio photograph, taken during recording of a particular moment in the opera which features the performers shown in the picture.

      Or do you think the soprano would want to sit about all day doing nothing, just to appear in a photograph? :((( Now *that* would be insulting to the intelligence.

    • gareth says:

      Perhaps she wasn’t at this recording session. It’s an instagram snapshot after all, not a publicity photo

  • anon says:

    In classical recordings, are singers ever singing in a separate soundproof booth with headsets on to hear the orchestra but to allow for as many separate takes of the singer as possible?

    • erich says:

      Domingo has done it for at least 40 years!

      • Nik says:

        Ironically, in my opinion, one of the best recordings he ever made is the Otello with Kleiber, live from La Scala 1976. Incidentally also my all-time favourite recording of Otello.

  • erich says:

    Let’s hope the result is miles better than the very weak Royal Opera video. And at least one will be spared having to sit through the constantly overrated Keith Warner’s production.

    • Silversled says:

      Keith Warner’s entire career is an enigma to me. I’ve seen his work in London and Bayreuth. His productions always seem too clever by half as if he’s only interested in trying to be some sort of innovator. Innovation is not a profession.

      • John Sorel says:

        Lucid, intelligent, perpceptive productions which work perfectly as theatre, working in complete synergy with the musical score.

      • James says:

        His ENO Tosca is one of the finest productions I’ve ever seen – saw it about three times and it was always incredible.

  • Petros LInardos says:

    “I am about to make the rock-solid prediction that the year 2004 will be the last for the classical record industry.”
    Norman Lebrecht

    “EMI’s prestigious CD set of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” with Domingo singing the title role (3 CDs plus bonus DVD), represents what may well be the last hurrah for major-league opera recordings made in the studio.”
    John von Rhein, The Chicago Tribune, 2005.

    EMI has been absorbed by Warner, the industry is diminished, the meaning of “major labels” questionable, but major league opera recordings are still made. Some are very good.

    There is no shortage of great new classical recordings in general. My ears tell me so. Critics, including Norman Lebrecht keep turning up four and sometimes five star reviews. Always think of the bright side of life.

  • Cantantelirico says:

    It’s a miracle. He regained his voice just in time to record Otello. Porca Misèria!!

    • Wladek says:

      No it’s not a miracle …one suspects good sound
      engineers ….he and domingo will always remain
      the poor mans Vickers.

      • Martain Smith says:

        The beggar’s Vickers!
        That man was in a solar system of his own! Domingo and Kaufmann are Otellini in comparison! Thank heavens we have recorded documents (aside from personal memories) to testify!

  • erich says:

    Let’s hope that the musical result this time will be better than the deeply disappointing DVD from Covent Garden. At least one will be spared having to watch Keith Warner’s dreadful production.

  • Walter says:

    Is this what’s needed?

  • Ron says:

    Many happy returns to Herr Kaufmann on his 50th birthday…July 10, 2019 !!!

  • ricci says:

    do we need another recorded Otello when we have Karajan-Del Monaco and Tebaldi ….