Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (12/8-10): More ‘Amahl,’ A Rare Opera & Fan Favorites

With the holiday season in full swing, the opera schedule is winding down across the country. In fact, only a few weeks ago there were over 70 performances over the weekend. This weekend the number has dropped quite drastically,

Fortunately, that doesn’t mean there is no opera for the opera-craved. Here are five performances to get your fill.

Le Nozze di Figaro – Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan showcases its second performance of its new “Le Nozze” revival on Saturday, Oct. 9. This cast features Rachel Willis-Sorensen as the Countess Almaviva, Christiane Karg as Susanna, and Serena Malfi as Cherubino with Luca Pisaroni as the count and Adam Plachetka as Figaro.

Cendrillon – Manhattan School of Music

If you are in NY and can’t get to the Met then the Manhattan School of Music has a treat for you. The entire weekend will feature performances of the opera by Nicole Isouard.

Turandot – Lyric Opera of Chicago

On Friday night audiences can witness the second performance of this run at LYOC, which stars Amber Wagner in the title role, Stefano La Colla as Calaf, and Maria Agresta in her signature role of Liù.

La Bohème – Pacific Opera Project

Pacific Opera Project, or POP, will kick off the holiday season with opera’s greatest and saddest Christmas celebration. Performances kick off this Friday and Saturday with a cast that features Daria Somers as Mimì and Dane Suarez as Rodolfo.

Amahl and the Night Visitors – Marble City Opera, Opera Orlando

If you’ve been following this series over the last few weeks, this should come as no surprise as every single week of this month will feature a performance of the Menotti opera somewhere. This time it so happens to be Marble City and Orlando that are taking on the opera throughout the weekend. The former has performances on Friday and Sunday while the latter will put on presentations on Saturday and Sunday.


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David Salazar
Prior to creating OperaWire, DAVID SALAZAR, (Editor-in-Chief) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he interviewed major opera stars including Placido Domingo, Anna Netrebko, Vittorio Grigolo, Diana Damrau and Rolando Villazon among others. His 2014 interview with opera star Kristine Opolais was cited in a New York Times Review. He also had the opportunity of interviewing numerous Oscar nominees, Golden Globe winners and film industry giants such as Guillermo del Toro, Oscar Isaac and John Leguizamo among others. David holds a Masters in Media Management from Fordham University. During his time at Fordham, he studied abroad at the Jagiellonian University in Poland. He also holds a dual bachelor’s from Hofstra University in Film Production and Journalism.

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