San Francisco Opera unveiled its 2010-11 season yesterday - well, the part we didn't know about, since the Summer 2011 Ring cycles are in no way a secret - and now we know the real reason they canceled the press conference: to keep me from falling on the floor and wailing in public.
Honestly, I understand that we're in the middle of a terrible economic situation and that everyone is consequently petrified about ticket sales, but David Gockley and Nicola Luisotti apparently think they can only sell tickets to warhorses. I don't buy that for a second. For one thing, people like me, who've seen the warhorses enough times, already, are going to stay away in droves.
Here's the lineup, with the number of performances of each opera.
Aida: 12 performances (two conductors, two casts)
Butterfly: 12 performances (title role split between Svetla Vassileva and Daniela Dessi)
Ring cycle: 3 cycles plus one freestanding performance each of Siegfried and Goetterdaemmerung (that's 14 performances total).
Nozze: 9 performances. (Luca Pisaroni, Lucas Meachan, Danielle de Niese, Ellie Dehn, and various other people)
Werther: 6 performances. (Vargas, Garanca)
Makropoulos Case: 6 performances. (Mattila, Dvorsky)
Cyrano de Bergerac: 7 performances (Domingo)