Pretty Yende, Jonas Kaufmann & Lise Davidsen Lead Top 6 International Weekend (2/28-3/1)

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend two new productions open with some of the biggest stars in opera while a rarely performed work is set to open in Germany.

Don Giovanni – Teatro Mayor, Colombia

José Areán conducts Marcelo Lombardero’s production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s masterpiece. Acclaimed bass Nahuel di Pierro stars in the title role with a cast that also includes Hernán Iturralde, Pablo Martínez, Ernesto Murillo, Oriana Favaro, Juanita Lascarro, Paola Leguizamón, and Juan David González.

Manon – Opéra de Paris, France

Pretty Yende makes her role debut in Massenet’s masterpiece with Benjamin Bernheim as Des Greiux and Ludovic Tézier and Roberto Tagliavini rounding out the cast. Dan Ettinger conducts Vincent Huguet’s new production.

Angels in America – Staatstheater Braunschweig, Germany

Peter Eötvös and Mari Mezei’s “Angels in America” gets a rare performance with Christian Miedl, Joska Lehtinen, Maximilian Krummen, Milda Tubelytė, Zhenyi Hou, Rainer Mesecke, Rik Willebrords, and Jelena Banković. Christopher Lichtenstein conducts Florentine Klepper’s production.

Salome – Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Ambur Braid, Christopher Maltman, AJ Glueckert, Claudia Mahnke, and Gerard Schneider star in Barrie Kosky’s new production of Salome. The production is set to be conducted by Joana Mallwitz.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Israeli Opera, Israel

Alessandro de Marchi conducts Martin Lyngbo’s production with Jonathan Michie and Igor Onishchenko alternating in the title role.

Aigul Akhmetshina and Ketevan Kemoklidze alternate as Rosina while Aaron Blake and Sebastien Droy share the role of Almaviva. The cast is rounded out by Luciano di Pasquale, Graeme Danby, Guido Loconsolo, and Kim Jihoon.

Fidelio – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Sir Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Beethoven’s only opera with Jonas Kaufmann and Lise Davidsen. The new production directed by Tobias Kratzer is completely sold out and also stars Georg Zeppenfeld, Simon Neal, Amanda Forsythe, Robin Tritschler, and Egils Siliņš star. For those with no tickets the production is set to be screened in cinemas.