wilber_criswellThe updates on Brad Wilber‘s new Met Futures page are arriving almost daily now, with perhaps the most startling recent news the “removal” of Juan Diego Flórez from a projected new production of I puritani in April 2014. But there’s more to it, after the jump.

Flórez is, of course, one of the Met’s biggest draws and a favorite of Peter Gelb‘s, and, furthermore, the focus of the Met as the company moves into the Twenty-teens seems increasingly to be turning to bel canto works neglected since early in the Levine era.

Note that per Brad, Flórez is on board for L’elisir d’amore in 2011-12, a revival of Le Comte Ory in 2012-14, and the Met premiere of La donna del lago in 2014-15. So the assumption here is that the tenor should be singing something at the Met in 2013-14, most likely a role new to the house, and probably a new production. If not Puritani, then what?

And, as a sidebar, who here really believes that the Bellini will go forward without Flórez and with Natalie Dessay?