Is it time to start being duly and unduly excited about this particular Staatsoper week?
You bet it is.
Of course, it being Baroque at the Ring, note that there will be an introduction given to anything written before 1786. That’ll be a half hour during which no doubt Dr. T. and I will compare notes on every single of her 2010 season “Alcina” visits, which will serve as our personal introduction.
There are still some gruesome meetings to shoulder between here and Thursday night, but the perspective of Thursday night is pretty much making up for everything right now. Handel ahead!