Steel me, sweet thief

La Cieca’s spies tell her that the New York City Opera plans an extremely ambitious season for 2011-2012, with vast expansions of repertory and number of performances.

Among the productions planned by George Steel are Armida, Der Vetter aus Dingsda, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Fidelio, Idomeneo, Kiss Me Kate, La Bohème, La Périchole, La Traviata, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, The Land of Smiles, Orlando, The Queen of Spades, Rigoletto, Rusalka, Salome, The Bartered Bride, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The Love of Three Oranges, The Marriage of Figaro, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and the U.S. premiere of Rufus Wainwright‘s Prima Donna. The season will open on September 24 with a gala new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio directed by Stefan Herheim and featuring, for one night only, David H. Koch in the role of Pasha Selim.