Teatro Comunale di Bologna's new season -- without the big bucks of bigger venues such as la Scala -- looks oh so promising! Aside from a killer symphonic season (with stop-overs by James Conlon, José Cura, Heidi Grant Murphy, Wayne Marshall, and official O.C. gurl-crush, Kate Aldrich who'll wrap her creamy mezzo around the mysterious genius of Das Lied Von Der Erde), we're looking forward to the opera: the season opens on November 15 with Heinrich August Marschner's blood-curdling opera, Der Vampyr, with Roberto Abbado conducting Pier Luigi Pizzi's production. Boo!
Also offered this season is Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Rossini's La Gazza Ladra, Verdi's Rigoletto (with Leo Nucci singing the title role), and Robert Carsen's take on Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
But we can't lie...we're mostly looking forward to January 2009, when Juan Diego Flórez sings Lord Arturo Talbo and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo sings Sir Giorgio in Bellini's I Puritani. omg perfection.