So it looks like there is not going to be a glitzy season announcement this year but an announcement is, apparently, imminent. So here, as has become tradition are my prognostications based on even fewer hard facts than usual.
Rufus Wainwright – Hadrian – expect this to open the season. Close to 100% on this one.
Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin – The Carsen production which the COC now owns. They have to do this sooner or later and why not tap that Russian market. 90%?
Puccini – La Bohème – revival of the 2013/14 production. Tosca, Butterfly, La Bohème every five years with more predictability than the TTC. 85%?
There are productions of Berg’s Wozzeck and Strauss’ Elektra in the COC copro backlog. I expect one of them but surely not both.
What takes the Mozart, Gluck, Handel slot? I don’t know but I’d guess a revival of the Così from 2013/14. Please let it not be the dreary Idomeneo from 2009/10. Outside chance of a revival of one of the Carsen Gluck’s but surely not if they do the Onegin.
The sixth slot? I really don’t know. There’s a Rusalka floating out there somewhere but I can’t see them doing two Slav operas in one season. I’d expect something 19th century and Italian and popular and a revival. Lucia? Trovatore? I hope it’s not the latter. The Lucia wasn’t thrilling but the Trovatore was just awful.
We’ll know soon enough.