There was once a time, not too long ago, that future opera seasons were closely guarded secrets and revealing an unannounced season, even just a tidbit, was a major no-no. This was always difficult because the next season always seemed to be more exciting than the one I was currently working on (I chalk this up to anticipation). And yes, I'm lousy at keeping secrets. Opera works so far in advance (more on that later) that it is not just one season I need to keep secret, but sometimes as many as four.
Luckily this is changing, and from time to time I get permission to let slip some information about an upcoming season. This is one of those times.
So, below is a clip from Otello at the Salzburg Festival earlier this month that features two singers who will be making debuts with us, not in 2009 but in 2010 and 2011.
The first, Stephen Costello, should be known to you by now as he's had a stellar year and rightfully so. In the video below Stephen sings Cassio and shows up in the first 10 or so seconds.
Stephen debuts with us as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet in 2010. Stephen will also sing the "Italian Tenor" in Der Rosenkavalier and the title role of Faust in 2011 so rest assured you'll be seeing a good amount of Stephen on this blog for the next few years.
The second singer making his debut with is Alexandrs Antonenko who sings Otello and enters at the 6'33". Alexandrs will debut as Des Greiux in Manon Lescaut to end the 2010 season.
Stay tuned for more future sneak peaks when I can sneak them by Ian.