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Lucia di Lammermoor. This one's all about the cast for me: Dessay (one of those I-cannot-believe-she-just-did-that voices,) Calleja, the incredible Ludovic Tézier (go here for compilation of YouTube highlights,) and the always-exciting Kwangchul Youn.
Queen of Spades. I promise to spend some time familiarizing myself with this opera before I go. For now, I am salivating over cast and conductor.
Le Comte Ory. For a counterweight to wintry Russian despair, we have Rossini, Florez, DiDonato, and Damrau. Perfect. I'm smiling already.
Wozzeck. Alban Berg and one of my favorite crushingly depressing laments for dysfunction and oppression in modern society! My goddess, Waltraud Meier, as Marie! And in addition to Matthias Goerne as Wozzeck, there will be Stuart Skelton as the Drum Major and Gerhard Siegel as the Captain. Um... can you say luxury casting?
Die Walküre. I adore this opera. And while there are some question marks in the cast, it's a very exciting lineup. Please have ideas, Mr. Lepage... please. Flying Valkyries are pretty neat, but thinking about, say, politics and gender would be even neater.
I'll be back to New York City, and the event-related posts related thereto, soon. In the meantime, I witter on about opera on Twitter.