Here's the list of operas to be performed at this summer's Salzburg Festival. Probably the highlight will be Anna Netrebko's role debut as Aida.
Seattle Opera has announced its season for 2017/2018
Il barbiere di Siviglia
Così fan tutte
Beatrice and Benedict (sung in English)
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[I always used to accuse my dad of approaching problem solving as if a solution wasn't painful, it couldn't be any good. It must be a German thing].
Some advanced info about the Met's new season.
Norma with Sondra Radvanovsky
Tosca with Anna Netrebko
and in the season after next, a revival of the Lepage Ring and according to Gelb it will be a “quieter machine.”
Wonder if Yusif Eyvazov will sing Cavaradossi . . .
*The Mets Trittico is less than 2 years away!!!! And the next Benjamin opera is even less (the closest for many forum members we will ever feel to 19th century Italians in anticipation levels for the next opera by a composer!!!!)
"Non sono in vena" Rodolfo summing up P.B's feelings on his dissertation.
The Met's new Norma, I would guess, will be difficult - not the production, the voices.
Radvanovsky has a huge voice that easily fills the huge Met auditorium. DiDonato, wonderful as she is, has a way smaller voice - I was struck, when seeing her in the Met's La Donna del Lago a couple of years ago, how the orchestra was conducted at what seemed reduced decibels so they wouldn't be playing over DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez. I've been to the Met many times over the years and can't recall such a noticeable playing level. It will be interesting to see how the Met manages matching and pairing the two principals.
I also recall reading somewhere - Opera News, maybe - that the Met will be staging Semiramide (with DiDonato, I think, but am not certain) ( ) in 2018. That could be in either the 2017-2018 or the 2018-2019 seasons, but it sounded like the former.
Houston Grand Opera
LA TRAVIATA – I knew it. I just knew it. There hasn’t been a single Verdi opera in Texas for over 2 years, and I just knew all I’d get is another Traviata. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a favorite. But you know. This production actually looks pretty handsome, but I’ve already decided I’m not going to one unless I’m in love with the soprano.
JULIUS CAESAR – Anthony Roth Costanzo. Sold.
THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE – Dallas and Houston only commission Christmas operas now, and it’s starting to piss me off. Hard pass.
ELEKTRA – Christine Goerke. Sold. Bonus: David McVicar’s set from Chicago looks sweet.
THE BARBER OF SEVILLE – Eric Owens as Don Basilio is not enough of a draw for me. Pass.
WEST SIDE STORY – Okay, here’s the deal. I have mixed feelings about the trend of musicals in the opera house. I think they deserve to be there, but only in a company that can deliver a truly diverse and creative season. Not in a company that only has 2 Rossini operas in their current repertory. (Also, you won’t be surprised to hear this is a Francesca Zambello production…) BUT… BUT… West Side Story is soooooooo good. I can’t believe it’s never been done in an American opera house before. I’m going. You can’t stop me.
So, I’m only interested in 3 out of 7. Not great. But I don’t actually live in Houston, so I’m relieved to not have to make the long drive so often.
Canadian Opera Company.
Not the official announcement but an article in the press. Very interesting (and maybe a bit risky) that COC has planned its season around one singer, Jane Archibald.