The weekend will offer a lot of Bel canto, verismo, 20th-century masterpieces, and one world premiere that should not be missed by anyone. And it also includes a number of legendary stars, as well as some of the most famous in the world. Here are top six to see this weekend.
L’Italiana in Algeri – Salzburg Festival, Austria
Cecilia Bartoli returns to the stage in a new role, singing the title role in Rossini’s beloved opera at the Whitsun Festival alongside Edgardo Rocha, Alessandro Corbelli, Peter Kálmán, and Rebecca Olvera. Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducts the new production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.
Lucia di Lammermoor – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany
Juan Diego Florez returns to “Lucia di Lammermoor” for the first time since he made his role debut as Edgardo at the Liceu. The tenor is joined by rising star Venera Gimadieva in the title role and Mariusz Kwiecień. Antonino Fogliani conducts the revival.
Frankenstein – Hamburg State Opera, Germany
Jan Dvorak brings his vision of Mary Shelley’s novel to life in the world premiere of his second opera. Philipp Stölzl directs the new opera with Viktor Rud in the title role, as well as Andromahi Raptis, Sascha Emanuel Kramer. Catrin Striebeck appears as the monster.
Anna Caterina Antonacci headlines this unique double bill featuring the music of Wolf-Ferrari and Poulenc. First, she stars alongside Vittorio Prato in “Il Segreto di Susanna” and then she takes on her signature role in “La Voix Humaine.” Diego Matheuz conducts the evening.
Die Soldaten – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain
Pablo Heras-Casado conducts Zimmermann’s 20th-century masterpiece in a production by Calixto Bieto. The Spanish premiere of the work stars Pavel Daniluk, Hanna Schwarz, Susanne Elmark, Iris Vermillion, and Julia Riley.
Adriana Lecoureur – Teatro La Maestranza, Spain
Ainhoa Arteta takes on the title role of Cilea’s masterpiece. Teodor Ilincai is her Maurizio and Ksenia Dudnikova is the Princess di Bouillon. Pedro Halffter Caro conducts Lorenzo Mariani’s production.