The two big novelties in English National Opera’s new seasons, just unveiled, are by composers barely known in Britain.
Detlev Glanert, one of the most staged composers on the continent, chimes in with Caligula, which ought to be a spine-chiller.
And Wolfgang Rihm is back with Jakob Lenz, an essay on alienation.
John Adams (Death of Klinghoffer) and Damon Albarn (Doctor Dee) make up the pack of living composers.
David Pountney will direct the UK premiere of Mieczys?aw Weinberg’s The Passenger, among 11 new productions.
Looks like a great year ahead at the Coli.
ENO 2011/12 season
The Elixir of Love, Donizetti , opens 15 September 2011
The Passenger, Weinberg, opens 19 September 2011
The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart, opens 5 October 2011
Castor and Pollux, Rameau, opens 24 October 2011
Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky, opens 12 November 2011
Tosca, Puccini, opens 26 November 2011
Der Rosenkavalier, Strauss, opens 28 January 2012
The Tales of Hoffmann, Offenbach, opens 10 February 2012
The Death of Klinghoffer, John Adams, opens 25 February 2012
Jakob Lenz, Wolfgang Rihm, opens 17 April 2012, Hampstead Theatre
The Flying Dutchman, Wagner, opens 28 April 2012
Madam Butterfly, Puccini, opens 8 May 2012
Caligula, Detlev Glanert, opens 25 May 2012
Billy Budd, Britten, opens 18 June 2012
Doctor Dee, Damon Albarn, opens 25 June 2012 (press night 26 June)