Catalina Cuervo & Kathryn Lewek Lead Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend Internationally

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend is here and there are some very interesting options for those interested in experimenting with a more expansive repertory.

Orphée Aux Enfers – Salzburg Festival, Austria

Anne Sofie von Otter, Max Hopp, Kathryn Lewek, and Joel Prieto headline a new production of Offenbach’s operetta by Barrie Kosky. Enrique Mazzola conducts the production which also stars Marcel Beekman, Nadine Weissmann, Lea Desandre, Martin Winkler, Frances Pappas, Rafał Pawnuk, Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, and Peter Renz. The performance this weekend is set to be streamed through ARTE and ORF.

Concerto Espanhol – Theatro Municipal Sao Paulo, Brazil

Colombian soprano Catalina Cuervo makes her Theatro Municipal debut alongside conductor Alessandro Sangiorgi and Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal.

The soprano sings Falla’s “El Amor Brujo” alongside a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” and Falla’s “El Sombrero de Tres Picos.”

Aida – Arena di Verona, Italy

Maria José Siri takes on the title role in Verdi’s masterpiece alongside Violeta Urmana in the role of Amneris and Carlo Ventre as Radamès. The cast is conducted by Francesco Ivan Ciampa and rounded out Gianluca Breda, Mario Cassi, and Krzysztof Bączyk.

L’Equivoco Stravagante – Rossini Opera Festival, Italy

Teresa Iervolino stars in Rossini’s rarely performed work with Paolo Bordogna, Davide Luciano, Pavel Kolgatin, Claudia Muschio, and Manuel Amati. Carlo Rizzi conducts the production by Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier.

Eugene Onegin – Edinburgh International Festival, United Kingdom

Barrie Kosky’s acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece arrives in Edinburgh with two separate casts. Günter Papendell and Michael Nagy alternate the title role with rising star Asmik Grigorian sharing the role of Tatiana with Natalya Pavlova. Karolina Gumos and Maria Fiselier star as Olga while Oleksiy Palchykov and Aleš Briscein take on the role of Lensky.