Cher public, the Met is expected to unveil the specifics of their 2008-2009 season later today. While we’re waiting for all the luscious and/or gory details, La Cieca thought it might be fun to do a quick recap of the season as is is predicted on Brad Wilber‘s MetManiac site.

Brad (who historically is spot-on to the point of clairvoyance in his predictions) surmises that the next season at the Met will feature six new productions: 

Il trovatore (co-production Lyric Opera of Chicago) Director David McVicar; conductor Gianandrea Noseda. Opening night cast to include Sondra Radvanovsky, Salvatore Licitra, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dolora Zajick.

La Damnation De Faust (from Paris Opera) Director Robert LePage; conductor James Levine. (Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, John Reylea)

Dr. Atomic (San Francisco Opera production) Director Penny Woolcock [not Peter Sellars], conductor Alan Gilbert. (Gerard Finley, Eric Owens.)

La sonnambula, director Mary Zimmerman, conductor Evelino Pido. (Natalie Dessay, Juan Diego Florez, Michele Pertusi)

La rondine (Covent Garden Production), director Nicolas Joel, condutor Marco Armiliato. (Angela Gheorghiu, Roberto Alagna, Sam Ramey)

Thais (Lyric Opera of Chicago production), director John Cox, conductor Jesus Lopez-Cobos. (Renee Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Michael Schade)

And now for the revivals, again as predicted by the MetManiac brain trust (with La Cieca’s comments and emendations in [brackets].)

  • Tristan (Dalayman, Seiffert; Barenboim)
  • Ring (Brewer, Franz, Dohmen, W. Meier, Botha, Tomlinson, Pape; Levine)
  • Butterfly (Racette/Gallardo-Domas[!]; Summers)
  • Gioconda (Voigt, Podles, Guelfi; Calegari)
  • Onegin (Hampson, Mattila, Beczala; Belohlavek)
  • Rusalka (Fleming, Blythe; Belohlavek)
  • Orfeo ([Blythe?], De Niese)
  • Rigoletto (Lucic, Damrau, Filianoti/Calleja)
  • Don Giovanni (Mattei/Schrott)
  • Lucia (Netrebko [Damrau], Villazon/Beczala; Armiliato)
  • The Queen of Spades (Guleghina, Heppner, [Felicity Palmer?]; Ozawa)
  • Salome (Mattila)
  • Flute (Family version with Nicole Cabell)
  • Cenerentola (Garanca; Benini)
  • L’elisir (Gheorghiu/Cabell, Vargas/Calleja, Terfel; Benini)
  • Manon (Netrebko, Vargas)
  • Traviata (Harteros, Kwiecien, Giordano)
  • Cav/Pag (Alagna/Cura)
  • Adriana (Guleghina, Borodina)

Do be sure to check back here at later this afternoon for a fuller report on the season to come!