Adela Zaharia & Heather Engebretson Highlight Top 5 International Weekend (12/20-22)

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Hans Jorg Michel / Luzerner Theater)

This weekend, numerous opera companies around the world will feature major repertory staples in a mix of modern productions. Here are our recommendations for operas to see.

Semele – Komische Oper, Germany

Philipp Meierhöfer, Sydney Mancasola, Karolina Gumos, Terry Wey, Stuart Jackson, Ezgi Kutlu, and Georgina Melville star in Handel’s classic opera. Konrad Junghänel conducts the production by Barrie Kosky.

I Puritani – Deutsche Oper Am Rheim, Germany

Adela Zaharia lights up Rolando Villazón’s new production in Bellini’s final opera. The rising star soprano joins a cast that includes Ion Hotea, Bogdan Talos, and Jorge Espino. Antonino Fogliani conducts the masterwork.

Tosca – Malmo Opera, Sweden

Lianna Haroutounian sings the title role in Puccini’s masterwork with Dimitris Paksoglou as Cavaradossi. Vladislav Sulimsky sings the villainous Scarpia with Steven Sloane conducting. Sofia Jupither directs the production.

Salome – Luzerner Theater, Switzerland

Heather Engebretson sings the title role of R. Strauss early masterwork. She is joined by Hubert Wild, Solenn Lavanant Linke, and Jason Cox. Clemens Heil conducts the production by Herbert Fritsch.

La Traviata – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Daniel Oren conducts Richard Eyre’s classic production with a bright young cast that includes Hrachuhi Bassenz and Liparit Avetisyan. Simon Keenlyside brings star power in one of his signature roles as Germont.