Role confusion as Jonas Kaufmann replaces Eyvazov

Role confusion as Jonas Kaufmann replaces Eyvazov


norman lebrecht

December 07, 2021

Yusif Eyvazov, Anna Netrebko’s husband, was supposed to take over from Jonas Kaufmann in the Naples run of Otello from tonight.

He has pulled out, it appears.

Gregory Kunde will sing tonight, and Kaufmann will cover the last two performances, even though it means cancelling his Munich Christmas concert on December 14.




  • Robert Braunmüller says:

    According to the organizers, the Munich Christmas concert has been postponed until December 2022.
    Many greetings from Munich!

    • Becker Waltraud says:

      In München there is only 1/4 audience possible and so the conzert was postponed by the organizer. Kaufmann was free after that and could jump in for 10. and 14. December……

  • BP says:

    The audience will be so disappointed.

    • Becker Waltraud says:

      No, cancellation due to the orders of the Bavarian Government could be awaited. I had a ticket for München; will keep it for 2022.

  • IP says:

    I think the confusion started with casting YE as Otello, a tenor, a singer, whatever.

  • ls says:

    Kunde’s a class-act, and Kaufmann is Kaufmann. In either case, each one is a major upgrade over Eyvasov [redacted].

    • Nik says:

      I like Kaufmann but would choose Kunde as Otello every time. He delivers the heft at all the key moments where Kaufmann has to hold back to protect his voice.

  • Helen says:

    Munich was postponed because of regulations in place until the 15th. The concert would have been on the 14 th. Not as you suggest JK cancelling. You are being disingenuous.

  • Ms.Melody says:

    Eyvazov as Otello??? Does he have a vocal death wish?

  • Guest says:

    The government of Bavaria cancelled 14 December due to Covid.

  • Tristan says:

    the production is awful but what to expect from Lissner who almost killed Paris – this man should have retired

  • Richard Slate says:

    I think he would like to be with Anna opening La Scala’s “Macbeth!”

  • Tom Phillips says:

    Great news for the audience. If only they could replace that untalented nepotistic genocidal racist hack at all of his Met performances as well!

  • Pebbles says:

    The State of Bavaria cancelled concerts and the location is closed due to Covid.

  • Bob says:

    The Christmas concert was cancelled due to Covid restrictions…

  • V.Lind says:

    What role confusion? People sub all the time, and Kaufman was already singing the role — he has just added a couple of performances (for which relief, those who could only get tickets for Eyvazov must be thinking) much thanks.

  • tristan says:

    it seems his RAH xmas in London on Dec 16th will also be cancelled by the authorities

  • Bloom says:

    Next year his label is going to release an overextended ”Its Xmas ” edition in order to make up for all the extended Corona mess.

  • Bloom says:

    A deluxe overextended ”It s Xmas ” mammoth edition with all the songs repeated at least five times and five tons of kino Salzburg schnee . Just wait and see.