‘La Susanna’ & The Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend in North America (4/19-21)

By David Salazar

With the Easter weekend upon us, many opera companies have taken a break from performances. This week’s installment, as a result, will be a bit more limited.

Don Giovanni – Houston Grand Opera

Mozart’s masterpiece opens on Saturday at the Houston Grand Opera with an impressive cast that includes Ryan McKinny, Paolo Bordogna, Ailyn Pérez, Melody Moore, Ben Bliss, Dorothy Gal, Kristinn Sigmundsson, and Daniel Noyola.

La Traviata – Metropolitan Opera

Anita Hartig headlines Verdi’s middle-period masterwork in a production that will also feature Plácido Domingo as Germont and Stephen Costello as Alfredo Germont.

The Egyptian Helen – Odyssey Opera

Strauss’ rare opera gets one performance on Friday, April 19 with an incredible cast that includes Kirsten Chambers, Clay Hilley, Sara Duchovnay, Joyce Castle, Katrina Galka, and Ryne Cherry, among others.

La Susanna – Opera Lafayette & Heartbeat Opera

The co-production between both companies will get its first set of performances in Washington D.C. starting on Sunday at the Kennedy Center. This rare work will eventually make its way to New York, in a limited run. This is an opportunity to see it before everyone else starts buying their tickets for the inevitable soldout shows to come.

Madama Butterfly – Opera San José

Opera San Jose will portray Puccini’s masterwork on Sunday with Marie Natale in the title role. Dane Suarez stars as Pinkerton with Trevor Neal as Sharpless.