Ermonela Jaho & Marlis Petersen Lead Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend Internationally (7/5-7)

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Javier del Real/Teatro Real, Bayerische Staatsoper, Prudence Upton/Opera Australia)

This weekend will showcase numerous leading divas and a number of new productions that will entice opera lovers. Here is a look.

Anna Bolena – Opera Australia, Australia

Ermonela Jaho takes on the title role in Donizetti’s demanding opera. She is joined by Leonardo Cortellazzi, Carmen Topciu, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes and conductor Renato Palumbo. Davide Livermore directs the production.

Salome – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Marlis Petersen stars in the title role of R. Strauss’ early work. She is joined by a distinguished cast that includes Wolfgang Koch, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Michaela Schuster, and Pavol Breslik. Kirill Petrenko conducts Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new production.

Prima La Musica e poi le Parole/ Gianni Schicchi – Teatro alla Scala, Italy

Woody Allen makes his Teatro alla Scala debut in Puccini’s only comedy. The third part of “Il Trittico” is set to star Ambrogio Maestri in the title role, Francesca Manzo, Valeria Girardello, and Chuan Wang.

“Schicchi” is joined in a new double bill with Salieri’s rarely performed work. Grischa Asagaroff directs Salieri’s opera with Ambrogio Maestri, Anna-Doris Capitelli, Enkeleda Kamani, and Ramiro Maturana. Adam Fischer conducts both works.

Otello – Palacio de las Bellas Artes, Mexico

Lorenzo Decaro sings the title role of Verdi’s masterpiece with Elizabeth Caballero making her Bellas Artes debut and role debut as Desdemona. The cast is rounded out by Giuseppe Altomare in the role of Iago and Andrés Carrillo as Cassio. Gavriel Heine conducts the production by Luis Miguel Lombana.

Il Trovatore – Teatro Real, Spain

Francesco Meli sings the title character in Verdi’s middle period drama with Maria Agresta as Leonora, Ekaterina Semenchuk as Azucena, and Ludovic Tézier as the Count. Maurizio Benini conducts the production by Francisco Negrín.