Ken Howard / Metropolitan OperaSpring must be near, because the little birds are beginning to sing! After the jump, some very specific specifics about the 2010-2011 Metropolitan Opera schedule. [Cher public, La Cieca has been asked by her source to take down the calendar listing for next season. The information that was quoted in earlier versions of this posting will (La Cieca hears) be made official later today and will be announced sometime in February. For the life of her, La Cieca doesn’t quite understand why the dates for La fanciulla del West or Ariadne auf Naxos have to be treated like the plans for the invasion of Normandy, but she does try always to respect the wishes of her informants.]

Tosca returns, though not in the opening weeks: so, assume Bondy! La Cieca’s information is that Sondra Radvanovsky will sing the January 2011 performances, with Violeta Urmana taking over the role in March and April.