Let the Holiday season begin as many of the world’s festivals begin their Easter celebrations. Here is a breakdown of the performances you should see this weekend.
Tosca – Salzburg East Festival, Austria
The Easter Festival begins in Salzburg with a new production of “Tosca” starring the extraordinary Anja Harteros alongside Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ludovic Tézier. Christian Thielemann conducts the new production, which will be directed by Michael Sturminger. The production opens on Saturday, March 24.
Dantons Tod – Vienna State Opera, Austria
Wolfgang Koch leads the premiere of Gottfried von Einem’s “Dantons Tod.” The Wiener Staatsoper will celebrate the composer’s 100th birthday in a new production by Josef Ernst Köpplinger. Susanna Mälkki conducts a star-studded cast that also includes Olga Bezsmertna, Thomas Ebenstein, Jörg Schneider, and Herbert Lippert. The opening night performance will be held on March 24 with a live stream scheduled as well.
Alcina – Royal Danish Opera, Denmark
The Royal Opera Academy presents Handel’s “Alcina.” As with every season, the Royal Danish will present a full-scale production featuring some of the most promising singers of the next generation. Two performances will be held this weekend with one on Friday and the other on Sunday.
Parsifal – Baden Baden East Festival, Germany
Dieter Dorn directs a new production of Wagner’s final opera with Stephen Gould, Ruxandra Donose, Franz-Josef Selig, Gerald Finley, Evgeny Nikitin, and Robert Lloyd. Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Berlin Philharmonic to celebrate the Easter Festival
Faust – Opera de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Nicolas Joel directs a new production for the Opera de Monte Carlo with Joseph Calleja in the title role of Gounod’s “Faust.” Marina Rebeka and Paul Gay join Calleja alongside conductor Laurent Campellone. A Gala will be held after the premiere on Friday.
Bonus: Elina Garanca performs a concert alongside Sir Simon Rattle in a program that includes Alban Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder for voice and orchestra and Strauss’ “Don Juan.”