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On The Met's 2016-17 Season

The Metropolitan opera has announced their 2016-17 season, and at a glance, I think it's a much stronger season than the current one. Let's break it down a little.

The current season consists of twenty-four operas:

Anna BolenaThe Barber Of SevilleLa BohemeCavalleria Rusticana / PagliacciDon PasqualeLa Donna Del LagoElektraL'Elisir D'AmoreDie Entfuhrung Aus Dem SerailDie FledermausLuluMadama ButterflyManon LescautMaria StuardaLe Nozze Di FigaroOtelloLe Pecheurs De PerlesRigolettoRoberto DevereuxSimon BoccanegraTannhauserToscaIl TrovatoreTurandot (I have to wonder: When the Met does The Barber Of Seville in English, that's what they call it, but when they do it in Italian, they call it Il Barbriere Di Siviglia. Same with Hansel And Gretel or Hansel Und Gretel and Die Zauberflote or The Magic Flute. So why don't they call their English-translated holiday production The Bat?)
That's sixteen tragedies, six comedies, and two not-quite-either.
By composer, we have …