Operatic Future Seasons

Found on the web or wherever, tidings of San Francisco Opera.

Be sure to read my blog posting about a letter David Gockley sent to subscribers. Of the singers and productions he mentioned, we haven't yet heard a word about Elektra, including who will sing in it and what production it will be. Here are the singers he mentioned and what they have or have not sung in:

Radvanovsky (Norma), Vargas (Mefistofele, Ballo), Hampson (Ballo), Stoyanova (sigh), Zajick (Ballo), Pisaroni (Nozze), D'Arcangelo (Don Giovanni), Graham , Antonacci, Hymel (all in Troyens), Fabiano (Boheme, Luisa Miller, Don Carlo), Kwiecien (Don Carlo), Mattila (Jenufa), Monastryska (? Andrea Chenier?), Alagna (? Andrea Chenier?), Crocetto (Boheme, Luisa), Finley (sigh), Jovanovich (Meistersinger, Susannah).
  • Turandot, double-cast; Christine Goerke/Jonas Kaufmann, soprano TBD/Brian Jagde. I'm guessing 2017-18.
  • La Traviata, Artur Rucinski as Giorgio Germont. We can hope for Yoncheva and Fabiano.
  • Nabucco
  • John (Coolidge) Adams commission with Peter Sellars. Subject: the California Gold Rush. Reported in Opera Magazine, April 2016.
  • Elektra, new production mentioned by David Gockley in a letter to subscribers some time back. The most likely possibilities in the title role seem to me to be Stemme, Herlitzius, and Goerke; for Chrysothemis, Pieczonka, Barkmin, and Magee (maybe Schwanewilms? Heidi Melton, who told me she knows the part, hasn't sung it yet?). Klytemnestra, who knows. May be in fall 2016.
  • Maybe Arabella
  • Summer, 2018, presumably: A revival of the Zambello Ring, with Donald Runnicles conducting. Casting details so far are Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Evelyn Herlitzius (Brunnhilde, but really, can't SFO just hire Christine Goerke???). Stefan Margita, Loge. 

Out there someplace, rumored or not: 
  • A friend tells me that Matthew Shilvock has said that we're overdue for Parsifal. Right he is. I am not sure whether he said this during the press conference announcing his appointment or at a subsequent event.
  • More Janacek? Maybe this is the 2016-17 Makropoulos case.
  • A new Jake Heggie commission, subject not announced. Oh, wait: an article by (the late) David Littlejohn in the WSJ says that Heggie's Wonderful Life will be coming to San Francisco, so maybe that is what was referred to in an SFO press release or two. Or maybe there is another commission. Maybe Great Scott is coming?
  • New production of Guillaume Tell, with Bryan Hymel as Arnold.
  • Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Brandon Jovanovich, soprano TBD. Westbroek? company favorite Patricia Racette? Someone else?
  • Cav & Pag
  • Manon, a co-production with Israeli Opera, shown in Vilnius already. Maybe we'll get Beczala and Damrau for this.
  • Adriana Lecouvreur, co-production with the ROH, maybe Beczala, maybe 2019.
  • Ariadne auf Naxos. No idea who might be in this, though the great Karita Mattila has added this to her rep and Christine Goerke has it in hers too. I hope it'll be the same fabulous production done with Voigt more than ten years back. Personal to SFO: hire Emma McNairy or Shawnette Sulker for Zerbinetta.
Be sure to keep an eye on Opera Tattler's SFO Future Seasons page. She mentions Orfeo ed Euridice and other works.

Found on the web or wherever, tidings of other opera companies:
  • Future Met Wiki, full of rumor and gossip about you-know-where.
  • Because I would really like to see him in San Francisco again, I check tenor Stefan Margita's web site occasionally. At the moment, it includes Prince Shuisky at the Met in the 2015-16 season, so we know they're doing Boris (this has not happened); Loge in Chicago in the fall of 2016, so we know they're doing the Ring; Loge at the Met in the Spring of 2017, over a period of months, so we know....If, in fact, SFO has some Janacek scheduled in future seasons, he'd be a prime candidate to be singing in Jenufa or From the House of the Dead. Update: Rumor is that the Met may not be doing the Ring in 2017 after all. Updated update: Met will revive the Ring sometime in the next five or six years, among other reasons to showcase Christine Goerke following her tremendous 2013 performance in Die Frau ohne Schatten
  • Christine Goerke mentioned on Facebook in mid-2014 that she would be "out there [on the west coast] in the not too distant future." YAY.
Berlioz, Here and There

Because we can't get enough of Hector. Rob Gordon reports the following in a comment to one of my Troyens postings:
The Liceu in Barcelona is doing [Benvenuto Cellini] in November (John Osborn again, with one performance by someone named Enea Scala -- how's that for a Berliozian name). The Rome opera is doing it in March of 2016 (Osborn again), and the Bastille opera has it planned for the 2017-18 season, part of a Berlioz cycle that has in consecutive seasons Damnation of Faust, Béatrice et Bénédict, Cellini, and Troyens.  
 Les Toyens at LOC, Fall, 2016. Brandon Jovanovich as Enee. (Now there is a dream match of voice and role.) Now confirmed by Opera Magazine. Well, perhaps a trip to the Met (Tristan) can be combined with a trip to Chicago. Rumor on Parterre Box is that Cassandre will be Christine Goerke (see "dream match of voice and role"). It is public knowledge that Sasha Cooke covered Didon in SF. Update: Yes, Goerke as Cassandre, and French mezzo Sophie Koch as Didon.

2016-17 SFO

Season announced 1/11/2016. Let's take a look. Comments in brackets.
  • Andrea Chenier, opening night; Roberto Alagna. Co-production with NCPA (China), Royal Opera House and San Francisco Opera. Photos here. [If you were expecting or hoping for Alagna or Jonas Kaufmann, it's rising Korean tenor Yonghoon Lee, plus Anna Pirozzi, George Gagnidze, J'nai Bridges, and Jill Grove.]
  • Bright Sheng's Dream of the Red Chamber, libretto by David Henry Hwang. (This is not a rumor.) September, 10-29, 2016. [With a mostly debuting cast of singers from China and Korea.]
  • Don Pasquale, October, 2016; Laurent Pelly, dir.; Lawrence Brownlee. Co-production with Santa Fe Opera. [Also Heidi Stober, Maurizio Muraro, and Lucas Meacham]
  • Aida, October 2016, with Leah Crocetto and Brian Jagde. [Ekaterina Semunchuk as Amneris, Gagnidze as Amonasro, and Raymond Aceto as Ramfis.]
  • Madama Butterfly (again!). Guessing it'll be Haroutounian in the title role. [It is, with Zande Svede as Suzuki, Maxim Aksenov as Pinkerton, and Anthony Clark Evans as Sharpless]
  • Maybe Boheme? [Yes, it is. Erika Grimaldi/Julie Adams, Ellie Dehn, who was a great 2014...]
Plus Don Giovanni and Makropoulos, making for a terrible season that led me to drop my subscription. Gosh, no, I am not happy about that at all.

What I missed:
  • Don Giovanni (AGAIN). Idlebrando d'Arcangelo, Erin Wall (Anna), Ana Maria Martinez (Elvira), Sarah Shafer (Zerlina), Marco Vinco (awful in the last Cosi, Leporello), Michael Sumuel (Masetto), Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Ottavio)/Marc Minkowski.
  • Rigoletto (AGAIN). Cast I heard about was Quinn Kelsey, Michael Fabiano, Olga Peretyatko. Presumably a new production, as the Yeargan is on the auction block. Possibly this is postponed. [In fact, Yeargan sets with new other stuff; Nino Machaidze rather than Peretyatko, Pene Patti rather than Fabiano.]
  • Makropoulos Case, with (sigh) Nadja Michael

2015-16, SFO

The season has been announced; let's take stock of what follows. It's mostly correct. What I got wrong: not Zambello, but Tambosi, for Jenufa. Not Vitalj Kowaljow in Don Carlo, but Rene Pape (now Pape & Furlanetto) and Andrea Silvestrelli (can't complain!). The additional operas are Bieito's Carmen and Barber of Seville
  • Sweeney Todd with Stephanie Blythe, Gerald Finley; Patrick Summers (September or October).  Co-Production with HGO.
  • Manon Lucia di Lammermoor with Damrau, Beczala (Oct.)
  • Double bill:  Robert Orledge's completion of Debussy's Fall of the House of Usher, and Gordon Getty's Usher House.
  • Die Meistersinger; co-production with Glyndbourne and LOC. Sir Mark Elder conducts. Greer Grimsley as Hans Sachs.
  • Don Carlo, June 2016; Michael Fabiano, Vitalj Kowaljow / Luisotti. Actually Rene Pape, not Kowaljow.
  • Jenufa, with Malin Bystrom (Jenufa) and Karita Matilla (Kostelnicka!); Zambello directs, so presumably the production seen more than a decade ago with Patricia Racette (June). Actually the stone-in-my-heart Olivier Tambosi production, seen in LA and at the Met.
  • Luisa Miller (Leah Crocetto? She will be singing in SF next fall. She is not singing Elisabetta di Valois in Don Carlo(s).)
  • Die Zauberfloete (Jun Kuneko production)


Henry Holland said...

I don't think I want to contemplate what horrors await us at LA Opera.

Per the Classical Iconoclast blog, the Getty piece is being pair with a new orchestration of Debussy's unfinished Fall of the House of Usher in 2015. Hmmmm.....

Lisa Hirsch said...

Sigh, and sorry. Season announcement season starts in January!

CruzSF said...

I'm glad you've started this page, IronTongue. Where can I send you info that I've learned re: future SFO seasons?

Lisa Hirsch said...

Lhirsch at g mail! And thank you!

Steve Hicken said...

Saariaho at the Met in 16-17.

CruzSF said...

Surprised that we haven't seen an R Strauss work since 2010. I predicted one for 2014-15, but after re-reading this page, I'm not so sure now.

Lisa Hirsch said...

There's an Elektra planned, but I have heard nothing about it. This was in the subscriber letter Gockley sent out last year some time.

CruzSF said...

Thanks. I hope they've lured Goerke out to do the Elektra.

CruzSF said...

Thanks. I hope they've lured Goerke out to do the Elektra.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I hope so too, but I am not holding my breath....

Darrick Chen said...

I would love for SFO to do a Frosh but that would be asking for too much I guess. How about Salome with Lise Lindstrom?? I'm sure she'd be fab.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I think it's only 3 or 4 years since the last Salome, with the paint-peeling Nadja Michael, so, alas, it may be a wait.

I'm with you on FROSCH.

JSC said...

I discovered through an audition notice that the Bright Sheng work Dream of the Red Chamber, will have six performances, Sept. 10 - 29, 2016.

Lisa Hirsch said...

Thank you - making that update now. There's a press conference about the show in...uh...three hours. I will be there.

Glen K Dunbar said...

hi Iron Tongue. I am Glen. Nice to meet You Sir. I am a lover of opera all my life. I have never been able to go to the SF Opera. I so want to go.

BUT, I live in New Canaan, CT USA. So, I do get to The Met when I am not too depressed about a Girl. I LOVE Girls

Anyhow, I found out Tristan/Isolde will open The Met 2016-17 Nina Stemme (sp?) and Stuart Skelton ?

Lisa Hirsch said...

Yes, you're right. The NY Times published an article in February about the upcoming new production and cast of Tristan. Stemme and Skelton; Simon Rattle.