First stop for many ticket buyers will be Jonas Kaufmann's Winterreise on 6 April. Not the most obvious choice of repertoire, either for Kaufmann or for the venue, but any Jonas is better than none. Tickets are likely to go quickly.
Ramón Vargas must have a pretty impressive address book. After Stephen Costello and Ferruccio Furlanetto pulled out of a charity concert he'd arranged, Vargas wasted no time in grabbing a couple of top-tier subs.
It was Verdi nearly all the way - Vargas sang an aria from Luisa Miller, Kaufmann picked La forza del destino and Juan Diego Flórez La donna è mobile, while Michael Schade went for local boy Mozart and the portrait aria from Zauberflöte. The original multi-tenor member Plácido Domingo got in on the act too, with a special video message.