Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (6/8-10): Klaus Florian Vogt, Francesco Meli & Elza Van Heever To Star This Weekend

This will be a weekend of new productions, closing nights, and role debuts. Two major stars return to signature roles while one rising star takes on her first Wagner role. Then there are two bel canto favorites and some verismo. Here is a look.

Ernani – Opera de Marseille, France 

Francesco Meli takes on the title role in Verdi’s early work with baritone Ludovic Tezier, bass Alexander Vinogradov, and soprano Hui He. Lawrence Foster conducts.

Norma – Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Elza Van den Heever opens a new production of Bellini’s “Norma” with Stefano La Colla and Gaëlle Arquez. Christof Loy directs the production with Antonino Fogliani conducting.

Semiramide – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

Albina Shagimuratova sings her final performance of the season in Rossini’s dramatic opera with Daniela Barcellona, Alex Esposito, and Michele Angelini. Antonello Allemandi conducts David Alden’s production.

Manon Lescaut – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain 

The Gran Teatre del Liceu showcases a new production of Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” with phenomenal casts. First Liudmyla Monastyrska and Gregory Kunde take on the iconic roles and later that weekend Maria Pia Piscitelli and Jorge de León sing the leads. Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

Lohengrin – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

David Alden directs what OperaWire called the most anticipated production of 2018. Klaus Florian Vogt takes on his signature role with Jennifer Davis in her role debut as Elsa, her first Wagner role. Christine Goerke is Ortrud while Georg Zeppenfeld sings his signature Heinrich. Andris Nelsons conducts.

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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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