Berkshire Opera Festival’s ‘Don Pasquale’ Among Top Operas To This Weekend in North America

By David Salazar

As the summer winds down, opera companies start to regroup in anticipation of the 2019-20 season. While the Seattle Opera’s first production is well underway, only a few other companies are offering unique experiences for the summer season. Here are our top picks for this weekend.

Berkshire Opera Festival – Don Pasquale

On Saturday, the Berkshire Opera Festival will showcase Donizetti’s comic masterpiece in a production directed by Jonathan Loy and conducted by Jonathan Garman. The opera will star Deanna Breiwick as Norina, Craig Colclough in the title role, Matthew Grills as Ernesto, Emmett O’Hanlon as Doctor Malatesta, and Siddharth Dubey as the notary.

Café Anello – Bel Canto Concert

Mezzo Sishel Claverie and soprano Amy Owens will perform a concert full of bel canto classics. It’s a low key event in New York City that provides an opportunity for good dining, art, and music.

Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble – Scenes From the Tower

The Dell’Arte Opera Ensemble will close out its summer festival this weekend with performances of “Princess Maleine” and “La Liberazione di Ruggiero,” but it will also showcase a unique concert featuring music from Pauline Viardot’s “Cendrillon,” Thea Musgrave’s “Mary, Queen of Scotts,” and Victoria Bond’s “Mrs. President.” The performance will be directed by Lauren Hlubny and Emily Bishai with Whitney Georg and Beau Dream as the music directors.