The July issue of Opera Magazine includes the information that Carmen Giannattasio will be singing Maria Stuarda at Covent Garden in 2014; great to see that both Giannattasio and Donizetti will be back, but its a shame that we can't get major stagings of some of Donizetti's other serious operas.
Also in 2014, there's a new Dialogues de Carmelites at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, directed by Olivier Py with Rosalind Plowright as Madame de Croissy (the Old Prioress), the cast also includes Veronique Gens. Should certainly be worth crossing the channel for. I've seen some very fine Old Prioresses (including Regine Crespin), but will be very keen to see Plowright's histrionic talents in the gift of a role.
And Susan Gritton will be doing her first Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) next year, at Grange Park Opera. Her Countess Madeleine (Capriccio) there was stunning, so I can't wait to hear her doing Tatyana.
And even further ahead, Barrie Kosky (director of the recent Castor et Pollux at ENO) will be directing Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne in 2015, so it almost certainly won't be a traditional production. Whilst Saul is quite stageable, seems a shame that they can't do one of the operas.