Top 4 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (11/23-25)

The Met Celebrates 200 Years of ‘Il Trittico’

By David Salazar

Where has all the opera gone? Thanksgiving means that most companies are closed for business, leaving few opera options overall.

Not everyone is daunted by this, so here is a look at what you can engage with this holiday weekend.

Roméo et Juliette – Calgary Opera Association

On Friday, Calgary Opera Association will showcase the classic Gounod opera in a production by Jean Grand-Maître starring Anne-Marie Macintosh, Adam Luther, Peter Barrett, and Stephanie Tritchew.

Hansel and Gretel – Los Angeles Opera

The LA Opera will showcase its second performance of “Hansel and Gretel” which stars Susan Graham as the witch, which OperaWire previously named one of the top five performances to see this season at LA Opera. The performance takes place on Sunday.

Il Trittico – Metropolitan Opera

After you’ve had your Black Friday fill, you can head to the Metropolitan Opera for a special night. Not only is the company celebrating the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s Met Opera debut, but the performance is also a celebration of the 100th anniversary after the Puccini opera’s world premiere at the same house. Marcelo Alvarez will be celebrating his 20th anniversary of his Met debut (to the day).

Silent Night – Washington National Opera

We recommended Minnesota’s homecoming run, but Washington National Opera’s own showcase of the Mark Campbell and Kevin Puts work, in a production by Tomer Zvulun, is undeniably worthy. It gets performances on Friday and Sunday, its final ones of the run.