The preparations for Otello at the Bayerische Staatsoper have begun. Jonas Kaufmann and the director Amélie Niermeyer talked about the new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello and other topics such as outsiders, foreigners and a thoroughly unsettling work for the most recent MAX JOSEPH Magazin.
For everyone who can't make it to Munich, Staatsoper TV will also offer a live-stream on December 2nd.
Photo: Bayerische Staatsoper / Wilfried Hösl
After more than 4 years, Jonas Kaufmann returns successfully to the MET in New York. Next to the soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek in the role of the gun-slinging heroine Minnie, Jonas plays the Cowboy Dick Johnson in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.
On October 27 the opera will also be shown live in cinemas around the world. An overview of all the screenings can be found here.
A video of the rehearsal of the production by Giancarlo del Monaco.
Jonas in an Interview with the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.
“Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek seemed to feed off each other during the crucial scene in Act II when Johnson arrives at Minnie’s cabin for a humble meal. Tension stirs below the surface of the music as a blizzard builds outside and a posse of miners led by Jack Rance, the town sheriff (the husky-voiced baritone Zeljko Lucic), closes in. But the real tension came from the hints of attraction and emotional need that Mr. Kaufmann and Ms. Westbroek conveyed, even while exchanging seemingly innocent phrases.” - Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
“From his first entrance to his last exit alongside Westbroek, Kaufmann WAS Dick Johnson. He moved about with confident swagger of a cinematic cowboy, rubbing off insults with a vibrant smile. This made him more dangerous than acting like a stereotypical tough guy; it made him unpredictable and more complex. He carried himself with confidence and poise; he just looked dominant onstage.“ - David Salazar, OperaWire
“There is also a real horse.” - Barry Bassis, The Epoch Times
Photo: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera