Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – International (3/2-4): Matthew Polenzani, Dmitry Korchak & Markus Werba Headline Weekend Of Rarities

This weekend is filled with rarities around the world featuring some of today’s greats. The list includes Bel Canto, French, and modern works that are sure to delight every type of audience.

Le Domino Noir – Opera Royal de Liege Wallonie, Belgium 

Auber’s rarely performed work gets its final performance with Patrick Davin conducting an ensemble cast that includes Anne-Catherine Gillet, Cyrille Dubois, Antoinette Dennefeld, François Rougier, Marie Lenormand, Laurent Kubla, Sylvia Bergé, and Laurent Montel. For audiences not familiar with the composer’s works this is a rare chance to see one his beloved works.

Rise and Fall of the City Of Mahagonny – Teatro Mayor Santo Domingo, Colombia 

Kurt Weill’s masterpiece gets its final performance at the Teatro Mayor in a production that OperaWire called one of the must-see of the year. The opera stars an all Latin cast that includes Evelyn Ramírez, Pedro Espinoza, Hernán Iturralde, Gustavo López Manzitti, María Victoria Gaeta, Homero Pérez Miranda, Javier Felipe Cevallos, Andrés Felipe Orozco, Monica Danilov, and Juan Fernando Gutierrez, among many others. Pedro Pablo Prudencio conducts the production which originally debuted at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

La Favorite – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

For those interested in a Donizetti rarity, the Munich opera is showcasing its final performance of “La Favorite” with a cast that includes Clémentine Margaine in the title role, Matthew Polenzani, and Ludovic Tézier. Giacomo Sagripanti leads Amélie Niermeyer’s inventive production.

Les Contes d’Hoffmann – New National Theatre, Tokyo

Dmitry Korchak takes on the demanding role of Hoffmann in Tokyo in Philippe Arlaud’s lauded 2003 production. He is joined by Yasui Yoko, Sunakawa Ryoko, and Yokoyama Keiko who play the three heroines. Rounding out the cast will be Tomasz Konieczny, the acclaimed Wagnerian bass.

Szenen Aus Goethes Faust – Grand Theatre Geneve, Switzerland 

Markus Werba stars as Faust in Schumann’s famed oratorio with Genia Kühmeier as Gretchen and Albert Dohmen as Mephistophélès. Ira Levin conducts the concert performance. Here’s a little taste of what Werba can do in this role.

Flight – Scottish Opera, U.K

On Saturday, the final performance of Jonathan Dove’s acclaimed opera “Flight” will take place in director Stephen Barlow’s new production. Stuart Stratford conducts the performance which is set to star James Laing, Jennifer France, Peter Auty, Stephanie Corley, Marie McLaughlin, Sioned Gwen Davies, and Jonathan McGovern among others.

Here’s a little preview of what’s in store!

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About the Author

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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