Sonya Yoncheva & Olga Peretyatko Lead Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – International

By Francisco Salazar

Europe dominates this weekend’s operas to see, but we also have a major recommendation over in Muscat where a noted diva will take on an iconic bel canto role. Here are the operas we think you need to see this weekend.

Le Nozze di Figaro – Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, France

Acclaimed filmmaker James Gray makes his opera debut directing Mozart’s masterpiece. The cast includes Anna Aglatova, Robert Gleadow, Stéphane Degout, Vannina Santoni, Eléonore Pancrazi, and Carlo Lepore with Jérémie Rhorer conducting.

Penelope – Oper Frankfurt, Germany

Paula Murrihy stars in the title role of Faure’s acclaimed opera about the Odyssey. The opera also stars Eric Laporte, Joanna Motulewicz, Božidar Smiljanić, and Peter Marsh with Joana Mallwitz conducting. Corinna Tetzel conducts the production.

Anna Bolena – Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman

Olga Peretyatko leads the cast in Donizetti’s first major success. She is joined by Maxim Mironov, Erwin Schrott, Sofia Soloviy, and Francesca Ascioti. Giampaolo Bisanti conducts the production by Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera.

Il Pirata – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain

Sonya Yoncheva and Javier Camarena star in Bellini’s rarely performed work alongside George Petean. Maurizio Benini conducts the production by Emilio Sagi. On Sunday a second cast takes over with Yolanda Auyanet and Celso Albelo in the leading roles and Simone Piazzola rounding out the cast.

Death in Venice – Royal Opera House, U.K

Sir David McVicar directs a new production of Britten’s rarely performed work. Richard Farnes conducts the productions which stars Mark Padmore, Gerald Finley, Tim Mead, Rebecca Evans, and Elizabeth McGorian.