Monday, January 17, 2011

Season Announcement Season

  • San Francisco Opera announces the 2011-12 season tomorrow. A couple of things are already known or suspected: Heart of a Soldier for the fall season, Nixon in China for the summer. Also, probably Turandot and Carmen, based on information found on singer web sites and the like. Watch this space; I'll have something up as soon as I can after I receive the press release.Yes, you can expect eye-rolling over the warhorses.
  • Metropolitan Opera announces on February 16, 2011. I have the invitation on hand but won't, alas, be in NYC this year.
  • Tanglewood announced back in late November, but did I blog it? I did not. As usual, many fine offerings and outstanding conductors and performers. Read the season schedule here.Highlights include a string quartet marathon (2 two-hour programs daily!), the Berlioz Requiem, the Emersons, an all-Sibelius program led by James Levine, Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing the complete piano music of Ravel, including the concertos, a concert performance of Pelleas et Melisande, Yuja Wang in the Rach Rhapsody, quite a bit of Schumann and Mahler, a ton of tasty contemporary music, some programs conductor by young Lionel Bringuier, who impressed the hell out of me at a Green Umbrella concert three years in LA, appearances by Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnanyi and by Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos (I especially like his all-Brahms program with soloist Stephanie Blythe, though....a true alto would be better suited to the Alto Rhapsodie and Schicksalslied), Handel's Orlando, conducted by Nic McGegan, and Porgy & Bess conducted by Bramwell Tovey, 


Henry Holland said...

The San Francisco Symphony method of teasing their 100th Anniversary Season --All these great orchestras coming to Davies! OMG! Minimalists are, like, SO mavericky!-- is pathetic when they don't announce the details at the same time. No, SFO, I don't want to get that info from e-mail updates, I want it in an easy to access format like this:


I guess I should be looking for LA Opera's announcement any day, though I doubt there's going to be anything of interest unless James Conlan has the Recovered Voices project back in the mix.

Lisa Hirsch said...

I'm with you on the easy-to-access format. BSO has it. You have to really DIG to find something like that for SFS.

But tomorrow's SFO announcement will be the full monty, given how they typically handle the announcements.