Top stories this week: Crazy weather we're having here. It's March and there's snow on the ground. Did you lose weight? No? A new haircut? No? Ah. Well, you look good anyway. How about those 2013-14 season announcements? Bayerische Staatsoper and Wiener Staatsoper. And New York City Opera. Beef & iron Goliaths to the NYCO's willowy David. Impressive in quantity >> quality. Oh. We tried to email it to you, but it was too, uhhhhh -- it was too big.
- Bayerische Staatsoper backpedals with GM Nikolaus Bachler & MD designate Kirill Petrenko to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Munich National Theatre, plus a Strauss 150th birthday gala chaser. New productions include Die Frau ohne Schatten by Krzysztof Warlikowski in November, Verdi's Forza by Martin Kušej in December (with Harteros/Kaufmann), La clemenza by Jan Bosse in Feb 2014, Rake's Progress in April 2014 and Bernd Alois Zimmermann's Die Soldaten in May 2014. The 2014 Munich Opera Festival opens with Guillaume Tell in June and continues with Monteverdi's L’Orfeo in July. The season also includes replications I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Wozzeck (with Keenlyside), Carmen, La Calisto, L'elisir, Lucrezia Borgia, Rusalka, Hansel und Gretel, Cosi, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze, Zauberfloete, Boris Godunov, Le Contes, La Boheme, Tosca, Butterfly, Turandot, L’Enfant et les sortilèges/Der Zwerg, Barbiere (Florez), La Cenerentola, Turco in Italia, Ariadne, Salome, Rosenkavalier, Onegin, Macbeth (Keenlyside/Trebs), Rigoletto, Boccanegra, Travaiata (Damrau/Villazon/ Hampson/Nucci), Trovatore, Der Fliegende Hollander, Parsifal and Babylon.
- Wiener Staatsoper announced its 2013-14 season, which promises to be thickly engorged with Jonas Kaufmann Dick jokes *opens Burrberry trenchcoat, lowers Ray-Bans, looks you dead in the eye* Check out my Kaufmann dick puns...like what you see? The German tenor's been cast as Dick Johnson against Nina Stemme in Fanciulla. Replications include Traviata, Carmen (Rinat Shaham), Tosca (Angela Gheorghiu), Otello (Hvorostovsky), Tristan und Isolde, Simon Boccanegra (Thomas Hampson), Barbiere, Aida, Don Carlo, Der Rosenkavalier, Anna Bolena, La Fille (Florez), Un Ballo, L'elisir, Butterfly (Domingo), Zauberfloete, Henze's Pollicino, Fidelio, Cenerentola, Fliedermaus, Nozze, Don Giovanni, Cosi, Tosca, Boris Godunov, Rusalka, Cav/Pag, Salome, Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Massenet’s Manon, Onegin, Wozzeck, Rigoletto, Lohengrin, Ariadne, Parsifal, Nabucco, Gounod’s Faust, Gioradano's Andrea Chenier, Norma, La Clemenza, Traviata, Les Contes, Das Rheingold, Die Walkure, Siegfried and Gotterdammerung.
- Meek but mighty New York City Opera also rolled out its new season announcemenet via newly-appointed MD/conductor Jayce Ogren (who goes live on September 1) + GM/AD George Steel (who was included in the Observer's recent list of 25 rising New Yorker stars, in good company with delicious Ronan Farrow & Ivanka Trump). Comprised of four works from modern to baroque, the season bows with the American premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicole (in co-pro with BAM on Sept. 17-28 at the Howard Gilman Opera House) & the rarely-staged Endimione by JC Bach (Feb. 8–16, 2014 at El Museo del Barrio), rounded out by new productions of Bartók's Bluebeard’s Castle (Feb. 28-March 15, 2014 at St. Ann’s Warehouse) and Nozze (April 19–26, 2014 at New York City Center).
- On the business side, the ROH announced its new ceo -> Alex Beard, the current deputy director of Tate (since 2002), to start with the 2013/14 season.
Signed, sealed, delivered.