EARLIER: The Met’s top-secret hush-hush season announcement will emerge from the Holy Grail shrine later today. Until then, La Cieca thought you would enjoy having all the reliable rumors for 2012-13 in the same place, a magical medium called… the Internet!
Here’s what this afternoon’s press release is rumored to include:
L’elisir d’amore. September 24 (Opening Night), 27, October 1, 5, 10, 13m, January 30, February 2, 6, 9m. Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: Bartlett Sher; Set Designer: Michael Yeargan; Costume Designer: Catherine Zuber; Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton. Adina: Anna Netrebko, Nemorino: Matthew Polenzani, Belcore: Mariusz Kwiecien, Dulcamara: Ambrogio Maestri (Sep, Oct) / John Del Carlo (Jan, Feb).
The Tempest. October 23, 27, 31, November 3m, 6, 10m, 14, 17m. Conductor: Thomas Adès; Production: Robert Lepage; Set Designer: Jasmine Catudal; Costume Designer: Kym Barrett; Lighting Designed by: Michel Beaulieu; Video Designer: David Leclerc. Ariel: Audrey Elizabeth Luna, Miranda: Isabel Leonard, Trinculo: Iestyn Davies, Ferdinand: Alek Shrader, Caliban: Alan Oke, King of Naples: William Burden, Antonio: Toby Spence, Prospero: Simon Keenlyside.
Un Ballo in Maschera. November 8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 27, 30, December 4, 8m, 14. Conductor: Fabio Luisi; Production: David Alden; Set Designer: Paul Steinberg; Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Lighting Designed by: Adam Silverman; Choreographer: Maxine Braham. Amelia: Karita Mattila, Oscar: Kathleen Kim, Ulrica: Dolora Zajick (Nov 8, 12, 15, 19, 24) / Stephanie Blythe (Nov 27, 30, Dec 4, 8, 14), Riccardo: Marcelo Álvarez (Nov 8, 12, 15, 19, 24, 30) / Roberto De Biasio (Nov 27), Renato: Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Maria Stuarda. December 31, January 4, 8, 12, 15, 19m, 23, 26. Conductor: Maurizio Benini; Production: David McVicar; Set & Costume Designer: John Macfarlane; Lighting Designed by: Jennifer Tipton; Choreographer: Leah Hausman. Elisabetta: Elza van den Heever, Maria Sturada: Joyce DiDonato, Leicester: Francesco Meli, Cecil: Joshua Hopkins, Talbot: Matthew Rose
Rigoletto. January 28, 31, February 4, 8, 12, 16m, 19, 23, April 13, 16, 20, 24, 27, May 1. Conductor: Michele Mariotti (Jan, Feb) / Marco Armiliato (Apr, May); Production: Michael Mayer; Set Designer: Christine Jones; Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty; Lighting Designer: Kevin Adams; Choreographer: Steven Hoggett. Gilda: Diana Damrau (Jan, Feb) / Lisette Oropesa (Apr, May), Maddalena: Svetlana Volkova (Jan, Feb) / Nancy Fabiola Herrera (Apr, May), Duke of Mantua: Piotr Beczala (Jan, Feb) / Vittorio Grigolo (Apr, May), Rigoletto: Željko Lucic (Jan, Feb) / George Gagnidze (Apr, May), Sparafucile: Stefan Kocán (Jan, Feb) / Enrico Giuseppe Iori (Apr, May).
Parsifal. February 15, 18, 21, 27, March 2m, 5, 8. Conductor: Daniele Gatti; Production: François Girard; Set Designer: Michael Levine; Costume Designer: Thibault Vancraenenbroeck; Lighting Designer: David Finn; Video Designer: Peter Flaherty; Choreographer: Carolyn Choa; Dramaturg: Serge Lamothe. Kundry: Katarina Dalayman, Parsifal: Jonas Kaufmann, Amfortas: Peter Mattei, Klingsor: Evgeny Nikitin, Gurnemanz: René Pape.
Giulio Cesare. April 4, 9, 12, 19, 22, 27m, 30, May 3, 7, 10. Conductor: Harry Bicket; Production: David McVicar; Set Designer: Richard Jones; Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Lighting Designer: Paule Constable; Choreographer: Andrew George. Cleopatra: Natalie Dessay, Sesto: Alice Coote, Cornelia: Patricia Bardon, Giulio Cesare: David Daniels, Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux, Achilla: Guido Loconsolo.
Aida. November 23, 26, 29, December 3, 7, 12, 15m, 19, 22, 28, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Aida: Liudmyla Monastyrska (Nov, Dec. 12, 15) / Hui He (Dec 3, 7, 19, 22, 28), Amneris: Olga Borodina, Radamès: Marco Berti (Nov, Dec 3, 7) / Roberto Alagna (Dec 12, 15, 19, 22, 28), Amonasro: Alberto Mastromarino (Nov, Dec 3, 7) / George Gagnidze (Dec 12, 15, 19, 22, 28), Ramfis: Stefan Kocán, The King: Miklós Sebestyén
Il Barbiere di Siviglia. December 18, 22m, 26m, 27, 29, January 3, 5, Conductor: Yves Abel, Rosina: Isabel Leonard, Count Almaviva: Alek Shrader, Figaro: Rodion Pogossov, Dr. Bartolo: John Del Carlo, Don Basilio: Jordan Bisch
Carmen. September 28, October 2, 6, 11, 15, 18, February 9, 13, 16, 20, 23m, 26, March 1, Conductor: Michele Mariotti, Micaëla: Kate Royal (Sep, Oct) / Ekaterina Sherbachenko (Feb 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, Mar) / Hei-Kyung Hong (Feb 26), Carmen: Anita Rachvelishvili, Don José: Yonghoon Lee (Sep, Oct) / Andrew Richards (Feb, Mar), Escamillo: Kyle Ketelsen (Sep, Oct 2, 6, 15) / Dwayne Croft (Oct 11) / Teddy Tahu Rhodes (Feb, Mar)
La Clemenza di Tito. November 16, 20, 24m, December 1m, 6, 10, Conductor: Harry Bicket, Servilia: Lucy Crowe, Vitellia: Barbara Frittoli, Sesto: Elina Garanca, Annio: Kate Lindsey, Tito: Giuseppe Filianoti, Publio: Oren Gradus
Le Comte Ory. January 17, 21, 25, 29, February 2m, 5, Conductor: Maurizio Benini, Countess Adèle: Nino Machaidze, Isolier: Karine Deshayes, Ragonde: Susanne Resmark, Count Ory: Juan Diego Flórez, Raimbaud: Nathan Gunn, The Tutor: Nicola Ulivieri
Les Dialogues des Carmélites. May 4m, 9, 11, Conductor: Louis Langrée, Blanche de la Force: Isabel Leonard, Mme Lidoine: Patricia Racette,Constance: Erin Morley, Mère Marie: Elizabeth Bishop, First Prioress: Felicity Palmer, Chevalier de la Force: Paul Appleby
Don Carlo. February 22, 25, 28, March 6, 9m, 13, 16, Conductor: Lorin Maazel, Elisabeth de Valois: Sondra Radvanovsky, Eboli: Anna Smirnova, Don Carlo: Ramón Vargas, Rodrigo: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Philip II: Ferruccio Furlanetto, Grand Inquisitor: Eric Halfvarson
Don Giovanni. November 28, December 1, 5, 8, 11, 15, 20, Conductor: Edward Gardner, Donna Anna: Susanna Phillips, Donna Elvira: Emma Bell, Zerlina: Ekaterina Siurina, Don Ottavio: Charles Castronovo, Don Giovanni: Ildar Abdrazakov, Leporello: Erwin Schrott, Masetto: David Soar, The Commendatore: Raymond Aceto
Faust. March 21, 25, 28, April 2, 5, Conductor: Alain Altinoglu, Marguerite: Marina Poplavskaya, Siébel: Julie Boulianne, Faust: Piotr Beczala, Valentin: Alexey Markov, Méphistophélès: John Relyea.
Francesca di Rimini. March 4, 9, 12, 16m, 19, 22, Conductor: Marco Armiliato, Francesca: Eva Maria Westbroek, Paolo ilBello: Marcello Giordani, Malatestino: Robert Brubaker, Gianciotto: Mark Delavan.
Götterdämmerung. April 23, May 2, 11m, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Brünnhilde: Deborah Voigt (Apr 23, May 11) / Katarina Dalayman (May 2), Gutrune: Wendy Bryn Harmer, Waltraute: Karen Cargill, Siegfried: Jay Hunter Morris (Apr 23, May 2) / Lars Cleveman (May 11), Gunther: Iain Paterson, Alberich: Eric Owens (Apr 23, May 2) / Richard Paul Fink (May 11), Hagen: Hans-Peter König
Le Nozze di Figaro. October 29, November 3, 7, 10, 13, 17, Conductor: David Robertson, Countess Almaviva: Maija Kovalevska (Oct, Nov 3, 7, 10, 13) / Hei-Kyung Hong (Nov 17), Susanna: Mojca Erdmann, Cherubino: Christine Schäfer, Count Almaviva: Gerald Finley, Figaro: Ildar Abdrazakov
Otello. October 9, 13, 16, 20m, 27m, March 11, 15, 20, 23, 27, 30, Conductor: Semyon Bychkov (Oct) / Plácido Domingo (Mar), Desdemona: Renée Fleming (Oct) / Krassimira Stoyanova (Mar), Otello: Johan Botha (Oct) / José Cura (Mar), Cassio: Michael Fabiano (Oct) / Alexey Dolgov (Mar), Iago: Falk Struckmann (Oct) / Thomas Hampson (Mar)
Das Rheingold. April 6m, 25, May 4, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Freia: Wendy Bryn Harmer, Fricka: Stephanie Blythe, Erda: Meredith Arwady, Loge: Stefan Margita, Mime: Gerhard Siegel (Apr) / Robert Brubaker (May), Wotan: Mark Delavan (Apr) / Greer Grimsley (May), Alberich: Eric Owens (Apr) / Richard Paul Fink (May), Fasolt: Franz-Josef Selig, Fafner: Hans-Peter König.
Siegfried. April 20m, 29, May 8, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Brünnhilde: Deborah Voigt (Apr 20, May / Katarina Dalayman (April 29), Erda: Meredith Arwady, Siegfried: Jay Hunter Morris (Apr) / Lars Cleveman (May), Mime: Gerhard Siegel (Apr) / Robert Brubaker (May), Wanderer: Mark Delavan (Apr) / Greer Grimsley (May), Alberich: Eric Owens (Apr) / Richard Paul Fink (May).
La Traviata. March 14, 18, 23m, 26, 30m, April 2, 6, Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Violetta Valéry: Diana Damrau, Alfredo Germont: Saimir Pirgu, Giorgio Germont: Plácido Domingo
Il Trovatore. September 29m, October 4, 8, 12, 17, 20, 25, January 9, 12m, 16, 19, 24, Conductor: Daniele Callegari, Leonora: Carmen Giannattasio (Sep 29, Oct. 4) / Sondra Radvanovsky (Oct 12, 17, 20, 25) / Patricia Racette (Jan 9, 12, 19, 24) / Angela Meade (Jan 16), Azucena: Dolora Zajick (Sep, Oct) / Stephanie Blythe (Jan), Manrico: TBA (Sep, Oct) / Marco Berti (Jan), di Luna: Franco Vassallo (Sep 29, Oct 4, 8, 12, 20) / Ángel Ordeña (Oct 17) / Alexey Markov (Jan), Ferrando: Morris Robinson (Sep, Oct) / Christophoros Stamboglis (Jan)
Les Troyens. December 13, 17, 21, 26, 29m, January 1, 5m, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Cassandra: Deborah Voigt, Dido: Susan Graham, Anna: Karen Cargill, Aeneas: Marcello Giordani, Iopas: Eric Cutler, Chorèbe: Dwayne Croft, Narbal: Kwangchul Youn
Turandot. September 26, 29, October 3, 6m, 30, November 2, 5, 9, January 2, 7, 10, Conductor: Dan Ettinger, Turandot: Maria Guleghina (Sep, Oct 3, 6) / Iréne Theorin (Oct 30, Nov, Jan), Liù: Hibla Gerzmava (Sep, Oct 3, 6) / Takesha Meshé Kizart (Oct 30, Nov) / Hibla Gerzmava (Jan), Calaf: Marco Berti (Sep, Oct 3, 6) / Marcello Giordani (Oct 30, Nov) / Walter Fraccaro (Jan), Timur: James Morris (Sep, Oct, Nov) / Samuel Ramey (Jan)
Die Walküre. April 13m, 26, May 6, Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Brünnhilde: Deborah Voigt (Apr 13, May) / Katarina Dalayman (Apr 26), Sieglinde: Martina Serafin, Fricka: Stephanie Blythe, Siegmund: Simon O’Neill, Wotan: Mark Delavan / Greer Grimsley (May), Hunding: Hans-Peter König.