Kaufmann opens Munich in suspenders

Kaufmann opens Munich in suspenders


norman lebrecht

September 20, 2019

The Munich season opens tonight with Verdi’s Otello, Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros in starring roles.

What kind of Otello doesn’t wear a belt?



  • John Rook says:

    They’re called braces in the civilised world.

  • Karl says:

    What kind of Otello doesn’t wear a belt? A white one. Maybe he should wear a spacesuit. Why not make an outer space Otello production?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Aha, yet another Eurotrash production. How was the music?

  • Paul Brownsey says:


  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    That’s because the audience has to suspend disbelief!!

  • Leporello says:

    And what kind of Otello doesn’t look like a Moor? What’s next – a skinny Falstaff?

  • Philip B says:

    Are we not there to hear him sing?

  • Maria says:

    You mean braces, Norman, if you’re British! Women wear suspenders!

  • Jackyt says:

    When I read your headline I expected him to be in drag! Now, that would have been a worthy headline! It’s usually old men who wear braces to keep their trousers up.

  • Glerb says:

    Presumably one who wants to keep the waistline of his trousers at a decent height to flatter the figure. Or who wears the costume he’s given by the designer.

  • double-sharp says:

    “It’s just a jump to the left….”

  • Janice Choate says:

    Jonas Kaufmann can wear anything, his voice still thrills.