A Jake Heggie Premiere & ‘The Flying Dutchman’ Among Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend in North America

By David Salazar
(Credit: Louise Leblanc)

There are a lot of modern works in this weekend’s lineup, but they are mixed in with two repertory staples that feature exciting new productions and unique up-and-coming talent. Here are our Top five operas to see this weekend in North America.

Festival Opéra de Québec – The Flying Dutchman

The Wagner opera opened last week as one of the most anticipated productions of the entire summer. It closes on Saturday, August 3 and will be of great interest to those who are looking forward to seeing it at the Metropolitan Opera during the 2019-20 season.

Glimmerglass Festival – Noah’s Flood

On Friday, audiences will get a chance to hear a unique and rare performance of Britten’s work with members from the Young Artist Program. It will be performed with piano accompaniment.

Merola Opera Program – If I Were You

The Merola Program will showcase the world premiere run of the opera by Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer in a production by Ketuah Stickann. Heggie and Scheer are two of the most exciting creators of opera today and seeing their latest work with the next generation of talent is a unique marriage to be sure. Performances are slated for Saturday and Sunday.

Opera North – Macbeth

Verdi’s major early masterwork gets its opening performance on Saturday in a production directed by Helena Binder. Marcelo Guzzo and Sandra Lopez take on the two lead roles in the production. Guzzo, in the title role, is a rising baritone that is undeniably one to watch.

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice – Souvenir

For just two performances (Saturday and Sunday), audiences will get a chance to experience the work by librettist and composer Stephen Temperly.