Diana Damrau & Carmen Giannattasio Lead Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend Internationally (1/25-27)

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend is all about standard repertoire pieces with some of the world’s greatest stars.

La Bohème – Opera de Monte Carlo, Monaco

Daniele Callegari conducts Jean-Louis Grinda’s production of Puccini, Giacoso, and Illica’s most popular work. The cast stars acclaimed soprano Irina Lungu, Mariam Battistelli, Andeka Gorrotxategi, Davide Luciano, Boris Pinkhasovich, Nicolas Courjal, Fabrice Alibert, and Guy Bonfiglio.

Lucia di Lammermoor – Opera de Oviedo, Spain

Jessica Pratt brings her acclaimed interpretation of Lucia di Lammermoor to the Oviedo stage alongside Celso Albelo. The cast also includes Simón Orfila and Andrei Kymach with Bel Canto specialist Giacomo Sagripanti.

Tosca – Teatro di San Carlo, Italy

Carmen Giannattasio continues her run of “Tosca,” a role she has garnered critical acclaim for. The soprano is joined by Fabio Sartori as Cavaradossi and Enkhbat Amartuvshin in the role of Scarpia. Donato Renzetti conducts. The opera will also showcase a second cast this weekend which includes Monica Zanettin, Arsen Soghomonyan, and George Gagnidze.

Roméo et Juliette – Teatro alla Scala, Italy

Lorenzo Viotti conducts Bartlett Sher’s production with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the title roles. The cast is rounded out by Nicolas Testé, Mattia Olivieri, Ruzil Gatin and Marina Viotti.

La Traviata – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Two casts sing this weekend in Verdi and Piave’s middle period masterwork. Charles Castronovo and Dinara Alieva star in the first cast alongside Gabriele Viviani, while Kristina Mkhitaryan, Ho-Yoon Chung and Zeljko Lucic in the second cast. Daniel Oren and Francesco Ivan Ciampa conduct.