Who’s the hotter ticket, Kaufmann or Petrenko?

An interesting box-office statistic from Munich: Salome, starring Marlis Petersen and conducted by Kirill Petrenko, is heavily outselling Otello – with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros and conducted by Ádám Fischer.

Both went on sale yesterday. Each will have three performances.

This morning, there was standing-room-only left for Salome while the three Otellos are mostly unsold on the main floor.

Petrenko is a big draw. Kaufmann many have cancelled once too often.

photo: http://wanderer.blog.lemonde.fr/tag/kaufmann/




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  • may be it is partly due to the fact that the coming season is petrenko’s last as gmd in munich while kaufmann will be a frequent visitor to the bso in munich for many (some?) years to come

  • No mystery: Salome is a new production. Otello opened and ran for a number of performances during the regular season, with Petrenko conducting. And many considered the role a less than ideal fit for Kaufmann.

    • I have seen both of Kaufmann’s Otellos – London and Munich. Vocally it is an excellent fit. Each interpretation offers new insights. I hope he is offered further productions that allow him to continue developing the role. No two performances are quite the same – very exciting to experience. I wish I could afford to see all of his Otellos. I am in the US.

  • Come on, many of the Salome audience (of both sexes) go for the Dance of the Seven Veils. It adds a bit of a thrill to a worthy night at the opera.

  • The hottest tickets will be Die Tote Stadt with Marlies Petersen (Salome too), Jonas Kaufmann (Otello too) and Petrenko (both operas…)

  • As has been commented: Otello had several performances during the regular season, so “everyone” will already have seen it. Salome was the new production for the Festspiele and was considered a success. Fewer got to see it, and everybody wants to see it now, whereas a repeat Otello with mainly the same cast is less attractive. The locals have already seen it, and few tourists are willing to pay Oktoberfest hotel prices to see a repeat performance from last season.

    • I’m actually going to the Oktoberfest this year, and have booked tickets for Otello as a change from the Bierkapellen in the tents. So I’ll get to see Harteros and perhaps Kaufmann.

  • as a footnote to nl’s post, the Bavarian opera announced today that kaufmann has cancelled his participation in the two performances of Meistersinger during the munich opera festival

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