Who’s the hotter ticket, Kaufmann or Petrenko?

Who’s the hotter ticket, Kaufmann or Petrenko?


norman lebrecht

July 22, 2019

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/





  • olivia nordstadt says:

    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

  • Anne Midgette says:

    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.

    • The less than ideal fit was Petrenko’s conducting.

    • Wladek says:

      Less than ideal fit ….ha ! he couldn’t fake his way
      through in this as he does in most other work .

    • Liloloperaluv says:

      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.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    What is the bigger draw? Otello or Salome?

  • Esther Cavett says:

    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.

  • Rike says:

    Otello ist zur Zeit des Oktoberfestes. Wer reist bei den Hotelpreisen dann wegen einer Oper nach München!

  • LydiaWahlberg says:

    People are finally wising up to the narcissistic jerk.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Anyway, this has to be the best ever Dot7V (… for all you 15 year old boys out there 😉


  • Saundra Sherwood says:

    The orchestral of the R. Strauss, beyond words, is phenomenal…I could never resist it!!

  • Waltraud Becker says:

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

  • Lilas Pastia says:

    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.

  • Harteros fan says:

    But just harteros alone is worth a go!

    • Lilas Pastia says:

      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.

  • olivia nordstadt says:

    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

  • Schwab Bonnie says:

    Kaufmann keeps cancelling his engagements due to health problems. Too risky.