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“Our hope is that the following season he would return, but it’s really too early to speculate,” Gelb said.

Principal conductor Fabio Luisi takes over the Ring and “Troyens,” with Daniele Gatti getting the start of the “Parsifal” run.

The season opens on Sept. 24 with Anna Netrebko, Matthew Polenzani and conductor Maurizio Benini in a new Barlett Sher production of “L’Elisir.” The schedule includes the company premieres of Thomas Ades’ “The Tempest” (Oct. 23) in a Robert Lepage staging with Simon Keenlyside that opens at L’Opera de Quebec this July, and Donizetti’s “Maria Stuarda” (Dec. 31) in a David McVicar production with Joyce DiDonato.

Focus will be on the 200th anniversary of the births of Verdi and Wagner in 1813.

There is a new David Alden production of Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (with Karita Mattila, Marcelo Alvarez and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, opening Nov. 8), and two other stagings that will have first appeared elsewhere. The Francois Girard production of “Parsifal” opens at the Met on Feb. 15, 2013, after first appearing at France’s Opera de Lyon this March 6, and Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” comes to the Met on April 4, 2013, in a production that first debuted at England’s Glyndebourne Festival in 2005.

Placido Domingo will sing the baritone role of Giorgio Germont for the first time on March 14, 2013, in a revival of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Damrau as Violetta and Saimir Pirgu as Alfredo. It will be Domingo’s 140th singing role following two debuts this year: Athanael in Massenet’s “Thais” at Valencia, Spain (March 25) and Francesco Foscari in Verdi’s “I Due Foscari” at Los Angetes (Sept. 15).

An abridged English-language version of Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” opens Dec. 18, targeted for families during the holiday season.

Ticket prices will increase by an average of 4.2 percent on subscriptions and 7.6 percent on single tickets

Nico Muhly’s “Two Boys,” will open in autumn 2013 following its world premiere at the ENO last summer. Scott Wheeler is composing the late Romulus Linney’s libretto adaptation of his play “The Sorrows of Frederick,” and composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner are expanding the one-act opera “A Blizzard on Marblehead Neck,” which premiered at Glimmerglass Opera in August 2011. It centers on the relationship between Eugene O’Neill and wife Carlotta.