Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend (5/11-13): Barbara Hannigan, Elina Garanca & Mariella Devia Headline

It’s a weekend of firsts with two major stars making major role debuts, while two other major stars headline an important world premiere. But it is also a weekend of endings as one of the greatest opera legends says goodbye to staged opera. Here is a look at what will definitely an incredibly unforgettable weekend.

L’Italiana in Algeri-Teatro Colón, Argentina

After a successful Teatro Colon debut, Nancy Fabiola Herrera gives her final performance of the run in Rossini’s comic gem. She is joined by Xabier Anduaga, Nahuel Di Pierro, and Damon Ploumis. Antonello Allemandi conducts the production by Joan Anton Rechi.

Samson et Dalila-Wiener Staatsoper, Austria

Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna join forces to make their role debuts in Saint-Saëns masterful opera. As one of the most anticipated operas of the season, both Garanča and Alagna have shown their chemistry on stage and Vienna audiences are likely in for a treat. Carlos Álvarez rounds out the cast in the new production by Alexandra Liedtke with Marco Armiliato conducting.

Un Ballo in Maschera-Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany 

Dmytro Popov, Luca Salsi, Anja Harteros, and Judit Kutasi headline a starry cast in this quintessential Verdi masterpiece. Donald Runnicles conducts the production by Götz Friedrich. OperaWire noted that “Anja Harteros is Sublime” in the production.

Norma-Teatro La Fenice, Italy

Mariella Devia begins her final run as “Norma” in what should be a historical event. It also marks her final opera performances so Bel Canto and opera lovers should be in for a treat. Carmela Remigio and Stefan Pop also star. Riccardo Frizza conducts the opening night performance, which is set to be broadcast on Rai 3.

Lessons of Love and Violence-Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

George Benjamin conducts the world premiere of his new collaboration with Martin Crimp, a hotly anticipated work from the creators of “Written on Skin.” Stéphane Degout and Barbara Hannigan star in the new opera alongside Gyula Orendt, Peter Hoare, Samuel Boden, and Jennifer France. Acclaimed director Katie Mitchell directs.

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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