Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (2/16-18): Sonya Yoncheva, ‘Elizabeth Cree’ Lead Eventful Weekend

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.

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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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