‘Oceane’ & Michael Fabiano’s ‘Faust’ Among Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – International Edition

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend sees two world premieres continue their first runs. It will also include a major role debut for a rising star tenor, one acclaimed production, and one rarely-performed work.

Peter Rundel conducts Hector Parra’s new opera in a production by Calixto Bieto. The work stars Peter Tantsits, Rachel Harnisch, Natascha Petrinsky, and Günter Papendell. This is the first production since the Opera Vlaanderen won the Best Company at the International Opera Awards.

Oceane – Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany

Maria Bengtsson, Nikolai Schukoff, and Christoph Pohl star in Detlev Glanert’s new opera with Donald Runnicles conducting. Robert Carsen directs the work, which made its world premiere last weekend.

Otello – Teatro Cervantes, Spain

Jorge de Leon stars in the title role of Verdi’s masterpiece, making his role debut. He is accompanied by Carlos Alvarez and Rocio Ignacio in the roles of Iago and Desdemona. Marco Guidarini conducts Alfonso Romero’s production.

Il Turco in Italia – Opernhaus Zurich, Switzerland

Nahuel Di Pierro stars in the title role of Rossini’s rarely performed work with Julie Fuchs, Renato Girolami, Edgardo Rocha, Pietro Spagnoli, and Rebeca Olvera. Bel Canto specialist Enrique Mazzola conducts Jan Philipp Gloger’s new production.

Faust – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Michael Fabiano stars in the title role of Gounod’s opera.T he Royal Opera’s current revival of the Sir David McVicar production also stars Erwin Schrott, Irina Lungu, Stéphane Degout, and Marta Fontanals-Simmons. Dan Ettinger conducts the work.