Jonas Kaufmann, Plácido Domingo & The Top 7 Opera To see This Weekend Internationally (7/12-14)

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Gran Theatre del Liceu/Bayerische Staatsoper/Metropolitan Opera)

This weekend is stacked with a number of new productions and revivals with some of the biggest stars. Here is a look at seven works we think are unmissable.

Guillaume Tell – Chorégies d’Orange, France

Nicola Alaimo takes on Rossini’s final opera, a work that has become his signature. He is joined by legendary soprano Annick Massis, Celso Albelo, Jodie Devos, Nora Gubisch, Nicolas Cavallier, and Nicolas Courjal.

Gianluca Capuano conducts the production by Jean-Louis Grinda.

Otello – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Jonas Kaufmann sings his signature Otello hailed by OperaWire. He is joined by Anja Harteros in the role of Desdemona and Gerald Finley in the role of Iago. Kirill Petrenko conducts the production Kaufmann and Harteros premiered last season by Amélie Niermeyer.

Carmen – Luglio Musicale Trapanese, Italy

Raffaella Lupinacci makes her role debut in the iconic mezzo part. The rising star is joined by Azer Zada, Vincenzo Nizzardo, and Larissa Alice Wissel. Laurent Campellone conducts Nicola Berloffa.

Cavalleria Rusticana – Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Italy

The final two performances of Mascagni’s masterpiece will be presented with two different casts. Violeta Urmana and  Marcelo Álvarez head the Saturday evening performances, while Veronica Simeoni and Roberto Aronica perform Sunday. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Elena Zilio, George Gagnidze, and Leyla Martinucci. Juraj Valčuha conducts.

Luisa Miller – Gran Theatre del Liceu, Spain

Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the title role after years with Piotr Beczala singing an opera for which he garnered acclaim when he debuted it at the Metropolitan Opera. The production ends the season with a cast that also includes J’Nai Bridges in her Liceu debut, Michael Chioldi, and Dmitry Belosselskiy in his Liceu debut.  Domingo Hindoyan conducts the production. 

Giovanna d’Arco – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain

Plácido Domingo returns to Verdi’s early masterpiece as Giacomo, a role he debuted in 2015 at the Salzburg Festival. He is joined by Michael Fabiano and Carmen Giannattasio, who are making role debuts in the work. James Conlon conducts the concert performance.

Cendrillon – Glyndebourne Festival, United Kingdom

Danielle de Niese stars in the title role of Massenet’s masterpiece with Agnes Zwierko, Eduarda Melo, Julie Pasturaud, Nina Minasyan, and Kate Lindsey. John Wilson conducts Fiona Shaw original production. The work was hailed by OperaWire as “A Celebration Of Love & Fairytales.”