Easter weekend in the US is a time when opera houses remain relatively quiet. So you’ll notice that one house gets major prominence in this weekend’s recommendations.
Così fan tutte – Metropolitan Opera
We recommended this showcase a few weeks ago and will recommend it once again. “ At its core, the opera is one big joke that all the characters ultimately play on one another. With this production, they let the audience enjoy it with them,” says OperaWire’s review for the Mozart classic at the Met. Those unable to see it in theaters can check it out in movie theaters as part of the company’s Live in HD series.
Lucia di Lammermoor – Metropolitan Opera
Olga Peretyatko-Mariotti, Vittorio Grigolo, and Massimo Cavaletti lead Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece in a performance on Friday. This is the only chance you will get to see the Russian diva this season at the Met in a role she has dominated internationally.
Turandot – Metropolitan Opera
Puccini’s famed classic gets its final performances of the season with a cast that includes Martina Serafin, Marcelo Alvarez, and Guanqu Yu. Those looking for the grand operatic spectacle will find a lot to enjoy in this production of Puccini’s final opera.
Rigoletto – Minnesota Opera
Verdi’s middle period masterpiece gets its final performance on Saturday, March 31. The performance stars Marie-Eve Munger, Olafur Sigurdarson, Matt Boehler, and Joshua Dennis.
Svadba – Opéra de Montréal
With a good number of selections last weekend, we didn’t fit this premiere into the mix. Ana Sokolovic’s work should not be overlooked in anyway, as a new opera is essential to the continued evolution of the artform. Performances take place on Friday, March 30 and Saturday, March 31, effectively the last two of the run.