Well, well, well, San Francisco Opera has a new tactic for getting people to renew their subscriptions. (Pssst: I just haven't gotten around to doing it, because I need to do one of those nifty pre-season swaps.) They're telling us well in advance about some upcoming productions and singers.
Here's what the letter says.
- Les Troyens (guys, hate to tell you, this was the world's worst-kept secret)
- Meistersinger (ditto; it's the Glyndebourne production)
The letter also mentions a bunch of singers: Radvanovsky, Vargas, Hampson, Stoyanova, Zajick, Pisaroni, D'Arcangelo, Graham, Antonacci, Hymel, Fabiano, Kwiecien, Mattila, Monastryska, Alagna, Crocetto, Finley, Jovanovich, "and a host of others." Let's try to map them to some of the above operas.
We already know from personal reports and program bios that Graham and Antonacci will be in Troyens. Let's guess that the tenor will be Hymel, who took the last few performances at the Met and seems to have the right kind of voice for the heroic French repertory. So much for my guess that it would be Brandon J! But we can slot him into a couple of the above operas: He could be Pollione in Norma, or Walther in Meistersingeri, or, hey, either of the tenor roles in Jenufa. Speaking of those operas, Jenufa and Eva are both in Mattila's repertory, though at 50+, who knows whether they still are? Gerald Finley sang Sachs at Glyndebourne, if I'm not mistaken, but that's a house half the size of SF. Vargas, Hampson, Stoyanova, and Zajick might make a good chunk of a Don Carlo cast, though maybe Alagna is expected to be the tenor there. Monastryska got raves for her Aida in NY, so maybe she is Elisabetta di Valois.
S. Rad. is about to take on the Druid priestess, and we know that Zajick is a powerhouse Adalgisa. Or perhaps we just know she is a powerhouse. I'd be happy to see her in anything because she sings better and sounds better than mezzos 20 years her junior. Or maybe SFO is doing the right thing and casting a young soprano as Adalgisa; that could be Leah Crocetto. Or maybe she is in Partenope. Pisaroni could be in Partenope. Susannah is likely to star a couple of the host of others, local fav Patricia Racette and Stuart Skelton.
Anyone else have guesses? I don't see obvious roles above for Kwiecien or Fabiano, who will both be welcome returnees.