Alternatively, you could scoot over to the Barbican website, where loads of seats have been 'dynamically priced' down to £15-£25, around half what some of them were originally going for. (Now, should we tell the Barbican why their advance sales are down this season - or just let them guess?)
The Wiener Staatsoper today announced a predictably starry and uncontroversial 2012-13 season. Of a massive 53 operas, just five are premieres:
Alceste (12. November 2012 - C: Ivor Bolton; D: Christoph Loy; with: Joseph Kaiser, Véronique Gens; Freiburger Barockorchester)
Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festival co-production) (19. December 2012 -C: Franz Welser-Möst; D: Sven-Eric Bechtolf; with: Peter Matić, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Christine Schäfer, Stephen Gould, Daniela Fally, Krassimira Stoyanova, Norbert Ernst)
Henze's children's opera Pollicino (28. April 2013 - C: Gerrit Prießnitz; D: René Zisterer; with: Alfred Šramek, Olga Bezsmertna, Andreas Hörl, Ulrike Helzel, Simina Ivan)
Tristan und Isolde (13. June 2013 - C: Franz Welser-Möst; D: David McVicar; with: Peter Seiffert, Stephen Milling, Nina Stemme, Tomasz Konieczny, Janina Baechle)
Other highlights include Anna Netrebko in Eugene Onegin and a Renee Fleming Capriccio. Placido Domingo conducts Roméo et Juliette. And those are just a few of the crowd-pulling star names. "It looks a bit like a who's who of the opera world," said Director Dominique Meyer. He went on to boast that Vienna can still attract the best artists despite having lower maximum pay that its competitors.