2011-2012 Season Previews

Canadian Opera Company's 2011-2012 Season

September 22- October 15 2011: Iphigenia in Tauris
September 29- October 22 2011: Rigoletto
January 21- February 25 2012: Tosca
February 2-22 2012: Love From Afar
April 10- May 14 2012: Tales of Hoffmann
April 30- May 29 2012: A Florentine Tragedy and Gianni Schicchi
May 9-26 2012: Semele

Today the new season of the Canadian Opera Company was unveiled. Susan Graham sings Iphigenia in the co-production seen in San Francisco in 2007. Jane Archibald, Allyson McHardy, and William Burden star in Semele.

Season | Official Site


San Francisco Opera's 2011- 2012 Season

September 9- November 25 2011: Turandot
September 10-30 2011: Heart of a Soldier
September 23- October 11 2011: Lucrezia Borgia
October 15- November 10 2011: Don Giovanni
October 30- November 19 2011: Serse
November 6- December 4 2011 Carmen
June 8- July 3 2012: Nixon in China
June 12- July 1 2012: Attila
June 13 - July 8 2012: The Magic Flute

Iréne Theorin and Susan Foster share the title role of Turandot. Thomas Hampson stars in the world premiere of Heart of a Soldier. Lucas Meachem is Don Giovanni, Renée Fleming is Lucrezia Borgia, Susan Graham is Serse, and Kate Aldrich is Carmen. In the summer, Brian Mulligan returns to sing Nixon in Nixon in China, Ferruccio Furlanetto sings Attila, and Albina Shagimuratova makes her San Francisco Opera debut as Queen of the Night.

Season Announcement | Official Site


Seattle Opera's 2011-2012 Season

July 30- August 20 2011: Porgy and Bess
October 15-29 2011: Carmen
January 14-28 2012: Attila
February 25- March 10 2012: Orpheus and Eurydice

May 5-19 2012: Madama Butterfly

There are five operas scheduled for next season at Seattle Opera and again we have 3 conductors returning and 2 debuts. John DeMain conducts Gershwin, Carlo Montanaro conducts Verdi, and Gary Thor Wedow conducts Gluck. Pier Giorgio Morandi and Julian Kovatchev have their first performances in Seattle, conducting Carmen and Butterfly respectively. As for singers, Joseph Calleja is Don José, William Burden Orpheus, John Relyea Attila, and Patricia Racette is Butterfly. I am especially curious about José Maria Condemi's production of the Gluck opera.

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SF Symphony's 2011-2012 Season Highlights

01122010 September 7 2011: Gala w/ Lang Lang & Itzhak Perlman
September 8 2011: Birthday Bash Free Concert  
September 9 2011: Community Concert
October 23-24 2011: Gustavo Dudamel conducts LA Phil
December 6-7 2011: James Levine conducts BSO
January 2012: Herbert Blomstedt conducts SFS
February 2012: Edo de Waart conducts SFS
February 14-15 2012: Riccardo Muti conducts CSO
March 8-17 2012: American Mavericks 2012
April 15-16 2012: Franz Welser-Möst conducts Cleveland Orchestra 
May 13-14 2012: Alan Gilbert conducts NY Phil
June 2 2012: Black & White Ball
June 9-10 2012: Charles Dutoit conducts Philadelphia Orchestra

The San Francisco Symphony announced highlights from the centennial 2011-2012 season today. John Adams and Mason Bates will both have world premieres during the American Mavericks Festival 2012. The full season will be announced on March 1, 2011.

Press Release [PDF] | Official Site


SF Opera Futures and Latest Commissions

2010-2011 Season
Summer 2011: Der Ring des Nibelungen

2011-2012 Season
September 2011: An opera about September 11th by Christopher Theofanidis
Summer 2012: John Adams' Nixon in China

2012-2013 Season
Fall 2012: Jake Heggie's Moby-Dick
June 2013: Mark Adamo's The Gospel of Mary Magdalene

2013-2014 Season
Fall 2013: An opera by Jennifer Higdon

Nothing surprising here, though it is good to know that the Ring has not been canceled and the name of the aforementioned female composer.

Press Release [PDF] | Official Site


Post L'elisir Talk (1/5)

Much was said about the faltering economy. Porgy and Bess has been cast, though not all the contracts have been signed. Eric Owens will be Porgy and Laquita Mitchell sings Bess. The cinemacasts continue next Spring, with The Magic Flute, Lucia, Elixir, and La Bohème. As for next season, there will be a Richard Strauss opera conducted by Luisotti, but it is not Die Schweigsame Frau or Capriccio. (Gockley declined to name which opera it was but we've heard Salomé mentioned several times on different occasions.) The next world premiere is planned for 2011-2012.