With more and more companies opening up new productions and performances, this week’s selections feature mainly classic repertory works from a wide range of unique companies. Here are the operas we want you to see this weekend!
Carmen – Sarasota Opera
Lisa Chavez stars as the famed gypsy with Cody Austin as Don José and Hanna Brammer as Micaëla. Steven LaBrie rounds out the cast as Escamillo with John F. Spencer IV in the pit. The first performance of the run kicks off on Saturday, Feb. 17.
Fidelio – West Bay Opera
Brent Turner, Meredith Mecum, Ben Brady, Kate Fruchterman, and Krassen Karagiosov appear in Beethoven’s masterpiece on Friday and Sunday. “Fidelio” is simply an opera that can’t be missed no matter where it is playing.
Maria di Rohan – Washington Concert Opera
The Washington Concert Opera showcases the rare Donizetti opera with Marina Costa-Jackson in the title role, Norman Reinhardt as Riccardo, Lester Lynch as Enrico, and Ginger Costa-Jackson as Armando di Gondi. The performance is slated for Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.
La Bohème – Metropolitan Opera
Sonya Yoncheva, fresh off a successful close to her run as “Tosca” at the Met Opera, returns to one of the first operas that she dominated with the company. She is joined by Michael Fabiano in what should be a vocal feast for lovers of Puccini’s classic masterpiece. The performance kicks off on Friday evening.
Elizabeth Cree – Chicago Opera Theater
Kevin Puts’ latest masterwork arrives in Chicago with mezzo-soprano Katherine Pracht headlining the production. She is accompanied by Christopher Burchett, Richard Troxell, and Levi Hernandez, among others for the performances on Friday and Sunday, which closes out the run.