With the 2010 Salzburg Festival still going strong, initial details of next year's operatic offerings are slowly dripping through.
There are to be three new productions, starting with Strauss's Die Frau ohne Schatten. Directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Christian Thielemann, this premieres on 29 July 2011. Anne Schwanewilms sings her first Kaiserin, and the cast also includes Evelyn Herlitzius, Michaela Schuster, Stephen Gould and Wolfgang Koch.
Riccardo Muti conducts Peter Stein's production of Verdi's Macbeth, which premieres on 3 August 2011.
Finally, Christian Marthaler will direct and Esa Pekka Salonen will conduct Janáček's Věc Makropulos, which premieres on 10 August 2011.
The opera programme is completed with a round-up of Claus Guth's three recent Mozart-Da Ponte productions. Robin Ticciati conducts Nozze, Marc Minkowski conducts Così, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Don Giovanni.
An interesting complement to these is the centrepiece of Muti's 2011 Whitsun Festival, already open for booking. Mercadante's 1826 I due Figaro is a continuation of Mozart's Nozze, in which Figaro now owns the Almaviva palace and Cherubino, now grown up, returns in disguise.