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.