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Autumn LeavesOur Own JJ has just filed a “Fall Preview” listicle for his beloved Observer detailing eight operatic events in the New York area this fall he most looks forward to. He coyly can’t reveal what they are since the piece will not be published until next month, but in the meantime, La Cieca (pictured) asks, what are your eight (or even 10) can’t-miss opera events for the autumn? And, of course, why?

  • Sanford Schimel

    Well, I’ll be singing three operas at Regina Opera this season (Don Giovanni, Tosca, and L’Elisir). So I literally can’t miss them.

  • aulus agerius

    The only items on my calendar so far are Les Troyens and Herodiade for Thanksgiving week in Chicago and Washington. Considering La Fille at WNO but Brownlee got a sad review recently from somewhere, can’t remember where, Santa Fe maybe.

    • berkeleygirl

      Well, it was nearly a year ago (last October), but Brownlee was spectacular in Chicago’s Cenerentola. After his big scena, I heard one of the loudest, longest, and most deserved ovations in 45 years of opera-going.

    • Alex Baker

      Shooting for that Thanksgiving Troyens as well though it looks like even the cheap seats in the Civic OH (e.g. the wretched upper balcony) are $149 for that show? What gives?

      • aulus agerius

        There are some $129 seats around the house + $12.50 service charge! I guess they figure it’s 2 operas so they raise the price although SF didn’t do that last summer. Is the 2nd bal worse than the 1st bal or the back of the orch??

        • Alex Baker

          Ah--I see there is a bit of a break on the Monday perf that week, though I won’t be there yet…

          Being too far back in the first balcony you get into an overhang problem that is unpleasant, though I might still pick that over the upper balcony, where you feel like you’re watching a big screen TV. Front of the first balcony is great. Haven’t been in back of the orch for a while but I think it is fine…

          • aulus agerius

            I committed to the 11/21 Monday performance some months ago with travel arrangements thinking that ultimately it might be cheaper and/or have wider availability. The rear orchestra presently does have more availabiltiy. Pleased to hear that it is OK acoustically. I’ve not been in the Lyric before.

            • berkeleygirl

              Your legs will thank you! It’s truly a lovely space, especially if you like Art Deco.

          • berkeleygirl

            $129 is insane! If you’re willing to compromise with the overhang, for that price, you can sit in the rear orchestra. I’m not as picky, but I’ve sat there lots of times.

            • Yeah, that seems like a LOT for the very back of an enormous house.

        • SFO prices were higher for Troyens than some other shows.

          • “SFO prices were higher for Troyens than some other shows.” Tell me about Covent Garden!

    • laddie

      Not Santa Fe. He has a new Donizetti due out. I am looking forward to that.

    • Bill


  • Well from now until December 30 I only have ten things scheduled anyway… Having paid through the nose for the tickets, I don’t intend to miss any. But I do face La Monnaie’s dreadful temporary tent with misgivings -- for Macbeth but even more so for Capriccio… The most intriguing item this autumn is Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna, coupled with Cavalleria R. Anna Caterina Antonacci sings Susanna.

    • PCally

      Little late for Antonacci to be singing Sanutzza isn’t it? I’m sure it will be interesting but the voice has thinned out a bit.

      • She probably agrees. She’s singing Susanna, in the Hindemith.

        • PCally

          Whoops, I misread.

  • Tristan_und

    Reading is hard. Our own JJ asked what operatic events in the NEW YORK area were on your can’t miss list: not every random opera in the world you happen to have tickets to. So I’ll start (all at the Met).
    1. Tristan, obviously.
    2. G. Tell, very curious
    3. Salome, not performed lately
    4. Rusalka, gorgeous music, new production
    5. Jenufa, Mattila
    6. L’Amour de L, very curious, Met premiere.
    7. Onegin, gorgeous music, Trebs and Misha
    8. Rosenkavalier, gorgeous music, goodbye Renee!!
    Enough for now.

    • So he did. I have nothing in NYC this year.

    • PCally

      An almost identical list, though the L’Amour casting is pretty dubious as is the director (same with the Rusalka) and I’m not the biggest fan of Fleming in Rosenkavalier though she certainly can sing it. I would probably add the LoftOpera Cosi since that’s an opera that seems ideal for that kind of presentation.

    • PCally

      A basically identical list, though the L’Amour casting and production are a bit dubious IMO (same to a lesser extent with Rusalka). Toss in Hollander and Fidelio and LoftOpera Cosi.

    • mountmccabe

      Reading IS hard. JJ’s list was for New York area, but there was no direction that other lists need to be NYC-centric.

      Also, the lists are supposed to be for the autumn, not every random season in the year when you happen to have tickets to see opera.

  • aulus agerius

    My problem [one of them] is that it’s not easy to find out what’s happening in NY, especially very far ahead of time, exceptions being the Met and NYCO. Years ago there was a blog of all things operatic in NYC. Parterre’s calendar to the right here is pretty good but could be a lot more comprehensive. Many of the performances I read reviews of here it’s the first I’ve heard of them.

  • fantasia2000

    My most anticipated event(s) is my next trip to Europe in November to see Hasse’s Siroe in Lausanne (conducted by George Petrou (who’s quickly becoming my most favorite conductors) starring Max Cencic) on Friday, Tales of Hoffmann at Paris Opera with Jonas Kaufmann on Saturday, and Les Huguenots with JDG and Patrizia CIofi in Berlin on Sunday. I pray to opera gods that no crazy weather/events that can delay/cancel the flights and trains, hehehe…

    In NYC, I’m excited for that last week in October, where I plan to see Tristan, G. Tell, L’Italiana in Algeri (with James Levine), and possibly a repeat of Jenufa (Karita Matilla was simply TOO good to miss!)

    And in Chicago, I plan to see Les Troyens/Don Quichotte the first weekend of December, maybe combining with L’Amor de Loin after.

    Those are my 3 planned opera trips till the end of the year (only the first one bought yet). Back home here in SF, I’m excited for Don Pasquale with Lawrence Brownlee, Vec Makropoulos, and Andrea Chenier (directed by David McVicar, whose productions I love). I’m also very excited for PBO’s performing Handel’s Joshua in December. :-)

  • guy pacifica

    Out here on the West Coast, I’m looking forward to Akhnaten in LA, Traviata and Katya Kabanova in Seattle (both with Corinne Winters), and Dead Man Walking in Vancouver. In Portland Opera’s new summer festival format, next summer sees the west coast premier of David Lang’s double feature

    The Difficulty of Crossing a Field & Little Match Girl Passion, which I’m also looking forward to. I’d like to see Andrea Chenier in SF, but September is a difficult time to travel for me.

  • Henry Myers

    Meyerbeer’s Les Hugunots Berlin Nov. 23
    Les Feluettes (Lillies) Music: Kevin March. Libretto: Michel Marc Bouchard, Victoria, BC April 30, 2017

    • Leontiny

      thank you for the heads up about Les Feluettes, a very fine play now an opera received with raves.

  • Satisfied

    Very excited to read JJ’s list, I’m sure it’ll be full of goodies I would have otherwise have missed! Preparing this list is hard, but here I go:

    Les Troyens in the Lyric
    Tristan Opening
    The Nose at ROH (dir. Barrie Kosky)
    Carmen in Boston (dir. Bieito!)
    Anna’s run of Manon
    L’Amour (in conjunction with Saariaho’s Circle Map in October)

    • Satisfied

      Love the new comment system, BTW LC!

  • Leontiny

    Toronto -- Norma with La Rad and the not so exciting Isabel Leonard
    Toronto -- Ariodante with Alice Coote, Jane Archibald, and Ambur Braid
    NY -- Tristan with Mme Stemme
    -- L’Amour de Loin saw it twice want to see what the MET does with it although casting dubious
    -- Jenufa with Mattila whose Arabella at ROH was one of the highlights of my life, not forgetting Eva and Leonore
    Paris -- the Levine/Carsen Tales of Hoffmann with a tenor whose name I won’t mention in case he cancels
    Paris -- the Owen Wingrave
    Paris -- if I may be permitted a 3 masterpiece Balanchine evening with Mozartiana, Stravinsky Violin, and Brahms/Schoeberg with its divine second movement. It is at the Opera…
    Dutch National Opera -- doing a new Guth production of Jephtha
    Netrebko’s Manon -- yes please

    • Krunoslav

      “Tales of Hoffmann with a tenor whose name I won’t mention in case he cancels”
      Ian Bostridge wouldn’t let his Parisian fans down!

  • Lohenfal

    Only 4 for me (all Met):
    1. Tristan--Wagner with what should be a good cast.
    2. Tell--I don’t like the Wagnerian length, but it has Finley and Hymel.
    3. Manon Lescaut--Netrebko (no other reason necessary).
    4. Salome--An infrequent Met visitor nowadays, and Naglestad.

  • Duke of Earl

    Hello opera fans,
    I’ve lurked around here for years, I mean years, and finally must emote. Have 2 questions —
    1) any countertenors coming to NY this fall? It seems that one turns up every spring and fall, I saw Jaroussky last spring and Cencic previous fall in lovely small venues. Still living on the memories, both concerts were heavenly. And
    2) Just read about Anthony Ross Costanzo’s hairless nude Akhnaten with the English National Opera. Can’t find a dvd of it, doesn’t seem to be one youtube or any of my usual sources.

    • Last Castrato

      My friend Ray Chenez is an American countertenor who has been singing with Cencic’s company Parnassus. His only American performance this fall will be a concert with La Fiocco, a period instrument group, in Princeton, and New Hope PA.

      • Duke of Earl

        Thank you, I like Ray Chenez, have watched him in Catone, I will look at his schedule.

        • Last Castrato

          It’s not up on his website yet (
          but it will be eventually

    • Krunoslav

      That would be “Anthony *Roth* Costanzo. He is doing two new operas in Boston in September, NAGA by Scott Wheeler and GILGAMESH by Paola Prestini.

      Juiliard is doing, presumably for eye and ear candy Jakub Józef Orlinski, Jonathan Dove’s FLIGHT (Nov) and Handel’s AGRIPPINA ( Feb).

  • Here’s a baker’s dozen from me for Wien (unless otherwise noted) with the liberty of straying outside the bounds of lyric theater:

    14 – “Hamlet” – world premiere by Anno Schreier commissioned by Theater an der Wien; cast includes Bo Skovhus (Claudius), Marlis Petersen (Gertrud), and Jochen Kowalski (The Dead Hamlet)
    17 – “Le corsaire” – Wiener Staatsballett – a chance to see Davide Dato, the glorious 25-year-old who just got promoted to the highest rank of first solo dancer
    27 – “La traviata” – Theater an der Wien in der Kammeroper – new producton by Lotte de Beer with the latest crop of new voices from the company’s Junges Ensemble

    18 – “Les Horaces” – Theater an der Wien – Salieri rarity in concert; Christof Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques
    19 – “Falstaff” – Theater an der Wien – the second night of a Salieri double feature! René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin;
    new production by Torsten Fischer; cast includes Christoph Pohl, Alex Penda, and Anett Fritsch
    28 – Andrew Bird – Teatro Dal Verme, Milano – the most incredible musician of my lifetime on his more-or-less annual European tour
    29 – “Le nozze di Figaro” – La Scala, Milano – Franz Weler-Möst leads a new production by newcomer Frederic Wake-Walker with Carlos Álvarez, Diana Damrau (as Contessa), Markus Werba, and Golda

    01 – Wiener Staatsballett – the company’s first performance of Balanchine’s “Symphony in C” along with new works from former NYCB dancer Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto
    13 – “Macbeth” – Theater an der Wien – Verdi’s 1847 and 1865 versions, with Roberto Frontali and Adina Aaron alternating with Plácido Domingo and Davinia Rodriguez; Bertrand de Billy conducts the Wiener Symphoniker in a new production by Intendant Roland Geyer

    04 – “Falstaff” – Wiener Staatsoper – new production of the Verdi by David McVicar conducted by Zubin Mehta with Ambrogio Maestri, Carmen Giannattasio, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Ludovic Tézier
    08 – “Macbeth” – Wiener Staatsoper – the return (to Wien) of Simon Keenlyside, with Martina Serafin and Evelino Pidò conducting
    13 – “Peter Grimes” – Wiener Staatsoper – Stephen Gould in what I believe is his role debut, with Elza van den Heever and Brian Mulligan in his company debut as Balstrode
    14 – “Don Giovanni” – Theater an der Wien – the return of Keith Warner’s uproariously funny production (the best DG I’ve ever seen) with Nathan Gunn and Erwin Schrott alternating, plus Jane Archibald (Anna) and Jennifer Larmore (Elvira) with Ivor Bolton conducting the Salzburger Mozarteumorchester

  • rhinestonecowgirl

    More European highlights
    Devia’s Norma at La Fenice a week after the ROH Yoncheva version. Hoffmann, Samson et Dalila, The Snow Maiden, and the enticing Cavalli Eliogabolo in Paris.
    Coq d’Or and a concert version of Pénélope with Antonacci in Brussels
    Cura designing, producing and Calaf-ing in the Liège Turandot. And Ildebrando D’Arcangelo’s Mephisto in Damnation of Faust.
    Duncan Rock’s Don Giovanni on the Glyndebourne Tour.
    Welsh National doing Andre Tchaikowsky’s Merchant of Venice and Frank Martin’s Le Vin Herbé.
    Prince Igor and Eva Marie Westbroek’s Marie in the new Warlikowski Wozzeck. Not sure about her Manon Lescaut though.

  • Armerjacquino

    Operagoing is a bit of a special treat these days, for a combination of reasons related to work and ticket price, but I am going to see Yoncheva as Norma which I’m very much looking forward to. I am a recent (and not yet quite converted) convert to bel canto, and I guess it’s time I had a Norma under my belt. So to speak.

    • PCally

      What was it that converted you? I’ve yet to be converted myself but recently got completely turned around on Baroque so I’m hoping that could happen with bel canto.

      • Armerjacquino

        As I say, the transformation hasn’t fully happened. But it was a combination of things: a couple of friends saying I really should give it a try/ Seeing BOLENA live/ discovering the DEVEREUX finale/ being blown away by seeing Dessay’s Lucia on tv/ being fascinated by the approach to the Antonini NORMA.

        This NORMA is definitely by way of a test case though.

    • Parpignol

      Yoncheva was reported indisposed for Thais in Salzburg; Marina Rebeka jumped in and was totally thrilling, huge success for her, and she and Domingo actually encored the whole final duet after the opera was over, complete with brilliant high Ds--

  • Can’t get to the Met this fall, but if I could:

    1. Tristan (with Rattle conducting)
    2. William Tell
    3. L’amour de loin
    4. Jenufa, after seeing Mattila’s shattering Kostelnicka in SF.

  • Ben Miller

    Berliner spezialitäten:

    Elektra in October in the Chereau with Herlitzius, Meier, Pieczonka, cond. Barenboim.

    Also in October: Barber’s VANESSA with Susan Graham and Erin Wall in concert at the DSO Berlin.

  • Hey everyone! This is antikitschychick. I’m super late to the party as I’ve been insanely busy lately but I did want to say I’m very much looking forward to the new season at the Met. I plan on attending Tristan und Isolde with a friend on Friday September 16th :-). Beyond that I’ll probably attend one of the ABC’s with friends who’ve never gone to the Opera, most likely Aida (with Latonia Moore) or Boheme (with Michael Fab). I think those would be more palatable than the ones I’m looking forward to which are Tell, L’Amour, and of course Onegin although my friend and I already decided we’do go see Onegin at the movies since she’s never been to an HD broadcast. I’d like to be able to see Nabucco live but I’m not sure if I’ll be in the area since those performances will take place between my fall and spring semesters and right around my birthday so idk. I’ll definitely try though!

    I’ll see if I can go during labor day weekend too but I have to look at the calendar again to see what operas will be performed besides Tristan. Oh and I bought Newman’s “The Wagner Operas” and hope to read it before I attend Tristan on the 16th. That will be my first time seeing a Wagner opera live in a theater ????.