Top Five Opera to See This Weekend – International (2/16-18): Yusif Eyvazov, Aida Garifullina & Paolo Szot Headline New Productions

It’s a weekend of heavy repertoire from Wagnerian works to Tchaikovsky’s rarely performed operas. And there is a special Kurt Weill piece that is receiving a rare run. Find out what we think you should see this weekend.

Lohengrin – Prague National Theatre, Czech Republic

Wagner’s Bel canto masterpiece returns to the stage in Wolfgang Wagner’s production directed by Katharina Wagner. The opera stars Aleš Briscein in the title role, Dana Burešová as Elsa and Eliška Weissová as the wicked Ortrud. Constantin Trinks conducts the revival.

Tristan und Isolde – Berlin Staatsoper, Germany 

Dmitri Tcherniakov’s new production of “Tristan und Isolde” continues its run with Daniel Barenboim conducting Wagner’s masterpiece. Andreas Schager and Anja Kampe sing the title roles with Stephen Milling as King Marke and
Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangane.

The Queen of Spades – Bolshoi Theatre, Russia 

Yusif Eyvazov continues a run of Tchaikovsky’s demanding work in his role debut as Herman. Anna Nechaeva joins him as Liza in the new production by Rimas Tuminas. Eyvazov performs the Saturday presentation with an alternate cast on Friday and Sunday.

Roméo et Juliette – Gran Theatre Liceu, Spain 

Aida Garifullina and Saimir Pirgu play the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s soaring opera. Tarra Erraught and Susanne Resmark join the cast, which is conducted by Josep Pons. The opera is slated for movie theater later in the run.

Street Scene – Teatro Real, Spain

Kurt Weill’s musical opera showcases an exceptional cast that includes Paolo Szot, Patricia Racette, Joel Prieto and Lucy Schaufer. The production by John Fulljames is conducted by Tim Murray. This rarely performed work ends it winter run this weekend before returning in the summer.

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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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