Hm. I learned more about The Merry Widow from Jon's two posts than I did from anything else I'd read about it. Up a week from tomorrow is La Donna del Lago, a "new" opera for me.

A rather strange schedule for next season.

Oct. 3 -- Verdi's Il Trovatore, Netrebko and Dolora Zajick

Oct.17 -- Verdi's Otello, Zeljko Lucic as Iago

Oct.31 -- Wagner's Tannhšuser, Botha and Westbroek

Nov. 21 -- Berg's Lulu, Marlis Petersen

Jan. 16 -- Bizet's Les PÍcheurs de Perles, Damrau and Polenzani

Jan. 30 -- Puccini's Turandot, Nina Stemme

Mar. 5 -- Puccini's Manon Lescaut, Opolais and Kaufmann

Apr. 2 -- Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Opolais and Alagna

Apr. 16 -- Donizetti's Roberto Devereux, Radvanovsky, Polenzani, and (she's baaack!) Elina Garanca

Apr. 30 -- Strauss's Elektra, Nina Stemme

Opening with back-to-back Verdi operas, nothing in December, and later three Puccini operas in a row. Ending the season with a Strauss one-act is a bold move.