Teatro La Fenice introduced earlier today in Venice their "Stagione 2009-2010", and there's a lot of interesting stuff. Just because Opera Chic is weird like that, the most interesting item in the season seems to be the Bruno Maderna "Requiem" that will have its premiere, almost 40 years after its composer's death, conducted by Riccardo Chailly, on November 19 (the only copy of the score that survived has been found, amazingly, at NYU).
Opera Chic might even be there in person, to bask in the glory of Maderna's greatness
(below, Luigi Nono, Bruno Maderna, Nuria Schoenberg in Darmstadt in the 1950's, photo via www.luiginono.it).
The rest of the symphonic season will be quite Mahler-centric, Chung and Axelrod among the conductors, while there will be six new productions to grace the opera season (and there's stuff that looks pretty cool: "Manon Lescaut" directed by Graham Vick, "Dido and Aeneas" directed by Saburo Teshigawara, "The Turn of the Screw" directed by Pier Luigi Pizzi. Traviata and Rigoletto will be conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, the sweetest man in the universe).
In December, Daniel Barenboim will appear for a piano recital (Chopin) and the Concerto di Capodanno on 1/1/2010 will be led by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, with Anna Caterina
Antonacci and Francesco Meli.