Riccardo Muti will be back in Salzburg next summer with Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, a piece for which his interpretations have matured so much since three decades, it has now become, I think, his own masterpiece.
Elisabeth Kulman, Orfeo
Genia Kühmeier, Euridice
Christiane Karg, Amore
Claus Guth's brilliant production of Don Giovanni will be back for another big buzz, as Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the Vienna Philharmonic.
The cast has not changed much since the 2008 premiere, so the performances should be spectacular (Erwin Schrott especially, is back as Leporello).
Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also conduct Gounod's Roméo et Juliette revival, with Anna Netrebko scheduled for 5 of the 8 performances, and with Piotr Beczala as Roméo.
There will also be two concert performances of Norma, with Edita Gruberova (Norma), Joyce DiDonato (Aldagisa), Marcello Giordani (Pollione) and Ferruccio Furlanetto (Oroveso) and Friedrich Haider conducting the Camerata Salzburg (Aug.9 and 14).
Other performances include Strauss' Elektra with Waltraud Meier, René Pape and Daniele Gatti (Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production); Berg's Lulu with Patricia Petibon ; and Rihm's Dionysus, staged by Pierre Audi.
Can anyone honestly argue that Salzburg isn't the best Summer Festival in the world right now?