Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/18-20): Anna Caterina Antonacci, Cecilia Bartoli & Juan Diego Florez Headline Productions

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.

La Voix Humaine/Il Segreto di Susanna – Teatro Regio di Torino, Italy

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. 

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Francisco Salazar
FRANCISCO SALAZAR, (Publisher) worked as a reporter for Latin Post where he has had the privilege of interviewing numerous opera stars including Anita Rachvelshvili and Ailyn Perez. He also worked as an entertainment reporter where he covered the New York and Tribeca Film Festivals and interviewed many celebrities such as Antonio Banderas, Edgar Ramirez and Benedict Cumberbatch. He currently freelances for Remezcla. He holds a Masters in Media Management from the New School and a Bachelor's in Film Production and Italian studies from Hofstra University.

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