Willy Decker won't be directing the new Met Tristan und Isolde after all; he has withdrawn owing to health problems. (Wishing him the best with whatever the specific issues are.)
Instead, Mariusz Trelinski, whose double bill of Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle is currently on stage at the Met, will be in charge.
But let's get to the reasons I'll be in NYC during September or October of 2016: they're named Stuart Skelton, Nina Stemme, and Simon Rattle. I'm honestly flabbergasted that James Levine is yielding opening night and a Wagnerian plum to Rattle, but hey, fine by me.