It is early 2012, meaning we can expect season announcements to come fast and furious over the next several months. First up in the Bay Area will be San Francisco Opera, which announces the 2012-13 season on January 17. No press conference, no reception, just a press release. Opera Tattler's guesses about the season are here. I can't say I'm thrilled. Once around with I Capuleti was enough; I would happily skip Tosca for the next ten years even with La Racette; don't need to see Rigoletto again soon. That leaves me with Lohengrin, Moby Dick, and The Gospel of Mary Magdalen, assuming OT is right.
I have one prediction about the upcoming announcements: we can expect lots of Verdi and Wagner to appear in calendar year 2013 during the bicentenary of the two composers' birth. I'm hoping that with Verdi we'll hear some of the rarities, not more of the usual.