Lisette Oropesa Leads Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend in North America

By David Salazar
(Credit: Jason Homa)

On some weekend’s our recommendations tend to favor operas you’ve rarely seen or had the opportunity to see. But once in a while, we hone in on repertory staples getting unique revivals, whether on stage or in concert. This is one such weekend.

The Consul – Baltimore Concert Opera

The Baltimore Concert Opera will continue its season with two performances of the Menotti opera on Friday and Sunday. The performance will star Melanie Henley Heyn, Ron Loyd, Kate Farrar, Jenni Bank, Joseph Charles Beutel, Ian McEuen, Jeffrey Grayson Gates, Laura Corina Sanders, Dana MacIntosh, Sarah Saturnino, and Jason Hentrich. Laurie Rogers conducts with Joy Schreier at the piano.

Manon Lescaut – The Cleveland Opera

On Friday and Sunday, Cleveland Opera presents Puccini’s famed opera with a cast that includes Dorota Sobieska, Mikhail Urusov, Jonathan Stinson, and Francisco Prado. The performance will take place at The Tudor Arms Hotel Grand Ball.

Susannah – Manitoba Opera

Carlisle Floyd’s masterpiece gets a showcase on Saturday in Manitoba with a cast that includes Lara Ciekiewicz, Kristopher Irmiter, Michael Robert Hendrick, and James McLennan. Kelly Robinson directs with Tyrone Paterson conducting.

Carmen – Regina Opera

On Saturday and Sunday, Regina Opera will showcase Bizet’s masterpiece with two separate casts and a production directed by Linda Lehr. Lara Michole Tillotson and Caroline Tye star in the title role with Christopher Trapani and Peter Hakjoon Kim as Don José. Alexis Cregger and Maria Brea alternate as Micaëla, while Jaeman Yoon and  Nobuki Momma appear as Escamillo. Gregory Ortega conducts.

Hamlet – Washington Concert Opera

Lisette Oropesa’s big year continues with a headline-making performance as Ophélie in this concert performance of the Thomas masterwork. She will be joined by Jacques Imbrailo in the title role, alongside Eve Gigliotti, Jonas Hacker, Tom Fox, Matthew Scollin, Matt Hill, Timothy Bruno, and Brian Kontes. The performance, slated for Sunday afternoon, is undeniably one of the hot tickets of the weekend.