Anna Netrebko vs. Anita Rachvelishvili Highlights The Top 5 Opera To See This Weekend Internationally (7/26-29)

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend is here and there are five star-studded operas that we think you cannot miss. Here is a look at our recommendations.

Adriana Lecouvreur – Salzburg Festival, Austria

Anna Netrebko brings her signature role in Cilea’s masterpiece to Salzburg for the first time with Anita Rachvelishvili. When the two divas performed the opera at the Metropolitan Opera, OperaWire noted that their face-off was “one of the best performances of 2018-19 and nothing came close.” The two divas are joined by Yusif Eyvazov and Nicola Alaimo.

Idomeneo – Salzburg Festival, Austria

Russell Thomas takes on the title role in Mozart’s opera with Paula Murrihy as Idamante, Ying Fang as Ilia, Nicole Chevalier as Elettra, Levy Sekgapane as Arbace, and Issachah Savage as Gran Sacerdote. Peter Sellars directs the new production with Teodor Currentzis conducting.

Rigoletto – Macerata Opera Festival, Italy

Enea Scala sings his second production of “Rigoletto” as the Duke with a cast that includes Claudia Pavone and Amartuvshin Enkhbat in the title role. Giampaolo Bisnati conducts the production by Federico Grazzini.

Agrippina – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Gianluca Buratto stars in the title role of Handel’s classic alongside Alice Coote, Franco Fagioli, Elsa Benoit, Iestyn Davies, and Andrea Mastroni. Ivor Bolton conducts the new production by Barrie Kosky.

La Traviata – Greek National Opera, Greece

Lisette Oropesa sings her first Traviata in Greece, a role that has become one of her signatures. She is joined by a star-studded cast that includes Saimir Pirgu and Dimitri Platanias. Lukas Karytinos conducts the production that directed and choreographed by Konstantinos Rigos.