Hamburg seeks ‘very fat’ cast

Hamburg seeks ‘very fat’ cast


norman lebrecht

November 28, 2019

Hamburg State Opera is putting on Verdi’s Falstaff.

It is seeking ‘extremely corpulent’ cast members of both sexes for December-January rehearsals.

The director is Calixto Bieito.

Nuff said.

Applications to:



  • sam says:

    hmmm, Ethiopian State Opera seeks extremely starving cast members for Aida?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Thanks so much for the picture of the Falstaff can!
    It was the beer that my dad used to drink. The brewery’s been out of business for years.
    Long-time San Franciscans will well remember the big illuminated beer glass by the freeway that endlessly kept emptying and refilling. I can’t recall now whether the sign advertised Falstaff or Hamm’s. Both brands are long gone.

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Can’t they add padding under the costumes?

  • Enquiring Mind says:

    Isn’t just about any opera singer qualified? Who is on the short list of “in shaped”?

  • OrphanBach says:

    I envision the problem being solved with a Transatlantic charter flight.