A little more information about next season emerged at last night's Covent Garden Friends' preview.
Firstly and importantly, Tony Hall confirmed that prices are definitely not going up next season (which contradicts the press conference report of three-monthly 'reviews' - so who knows).
The one exception may be Barry Domingo's Simon Boccanegra in summer 2010, which could be singled out for premium rates. This production gets some heavyweight pimping, including a (free!) Big Screen showing and community activities (mainly in the North). Why, they've even given Barry his own web page. As reported in the press, Plácido/Barry has no Covent Garden bookings any further ahead. So it could be our last chance to experience the Domingo magic on stage. But don't we say that every year?
There will again be various cinema screenings, but few will be live. Details are not finalised, but check here for updates.
There are no new operas in the main house this season because the policy is only one every other year. (2010-11's Anna Nicole Smith project has already been announced). Elaine Padmore did publicly confirm that "three or four" were in the pipeline though.
On a smaller scale, there's the Opera Shots programme of new opera in the Linbury next June. Orlando Gough is the only composer named in the press release, but Jocelyn Pook, Nitin Sawnhey and Neil Hannon have also been approached.
Another Linbury show not in the press release is an Opera Group production in July 2010, likely to be The Lion's Face by Elena Langer. (The OperaGenesis website lists new Linbury projects in development).