Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (1/12-14): Angela Gheorghiu, Malin Byström & Maria Guleghina Lead Weekend Performances

It’s a star-studded weekend with many artists performing signature roles in legendary productions. Here is a taste of what is in store for this weekend.

“Tosca” – Vienna State Opera, Austria 

Vienna audiences are in for a treat with Angela Gheorghiu in the title role as Tosca, her signature role and one she has dominated throughout the world. She is joined by Massimo Giordano in the role of Cavaradossi. Erwin Schrott sings the role of Scarpia in his role debut. Frederic Chaslin conducts Margarethe Wallmann legendary production. The performance takes place on Friday.

“Salome” – Royal Opera House, England 

Malin Byström, our Artist of the week, takes on the title role of Salome in what critics have praised. She leads a cast that also includes Michael Volle as Jokanaan, John Daszak as Herod, Michaela Schuster as Herodias. The production, which will be showcased on Friday, is conducted by Henrik Nánási.

“Das Rheingold” – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

The Munich theater continues its ring cycles with a stellar cast that includes Wolfgang Koch as Wotan, Markus Eiche as Donner, Dean Power as Froh, Norbert Ernst as Loge, John Lundgren as Alberich, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke as Mime, Alexander Tsymbalyuk as Fasolt, Ekaterina Gubanova as Fricka, and Golda Schultz as Freia. Kirill Petrenko conducts Andreas Kriegenburg’s production. The opera will be presented on Saturday.

“Elektra” – Royal Swedish Opera, Sweden

Two of Sweden’s greatest singers perform Strauss’ musical masterpiece. Irene Theorin takes on her signature Elektra while Katarina Dalayman performs Clytemnestra. The two legends perform alongside Cornelia Beskow as Chrysothemis. Simone Young conducts.

“La Forza del Destino” – Mariinsky Theatre, Russia 

Maria Guleghina reprises her signature Leonora in Verdi’s late masterpiece. She performs alongside an all-Russian cast that includes Vladislav Sulimsky as Don Carlo and Hovhannes Ayvazyan as Don Alvaro.  Mikhail Sinkevich conducts Elijah Moshinsky’s legendary production on Saturday night.



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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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