Nicole Car, Catalina Cuervo, Sondra Radvanovsky Headline Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America

By David Salazar

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and there is arguably no art form that captures the essence of love moreso than opera. With that in mind, we looked around and picked operas that probably won’t cater to ideal feelings of love, but are powerful in their own rights and would probably make for unbelievable nights at the opera.

Frida – Anchorage Opera, Alaska

For three straight nights, audiences will get a chance to check out this modern classic starring Catalina Cuervo, who has become the chief interpreter of the title role. She will be joined by Bernardo Bermudz, Alejandra Martinez, and Edmond Alexander Rodriguez.

The Seven Deadly Sins – Los Angeles Philharmonic, California

Between Friday and Sunday. Esa-Pekka Salonen will present a unique experience featuring singers Nora Fischer, Madeleine Bradbury Rance, Alaysha Fox, Lacey Jo Benter, Sarah Beaty, Peter Hoare, Simon Bode, and Christopher Purves, among others. The Kurt Weill / Bertold Brecht piece will be performed alongside Hindemith’s “Murderer, Hope of Women” and “The Berlin Requiem” by Brecht and Weill.

The Queen of Spades – Lyric Opera of Chicago, Illinois

Tchaikovsky’s operatic masterpiece about an obsessive man who forgoes love in lieu of his gambling habit takes the stage with a tremendous cast headlined by Sondra Radvanovsky, Brandon Jovanovich, Jane Henschel, Samuel Youn, Lucas Meachem, Elizabeth DeShong, and Kyle van Schoonhoven. Andrew Davis conducts the opening showcase on Saturday evening.

Così Fan Tutte – Metropolitan Opera, New York

What better opera for the weekend of love than the one that questions it? In all seriousness, the Met Opera revives its famed Coney Island production with a stellar cast headed by Nicole Car, Serena Malfi, Ben Bliss, Luca Pisaroni, Heidi Stober, and Gerald Finley. The Saturday performance is sure to be a blast.

Florencia en el Amazonas – Yale Opera, Connecticut

The Yale Opera will be presenting Catán’s masterpiece about the search for lost love. The opera’s popularity is on the rise, but it has still not managed to find a foothold in many of the major opera house around the country (with some notable exceptions). In this context, any performance is essential and audiences can check out three performances of the opera throughout the entire weekend in New Haven.