Top 5 Opera To See This Weekend – International (12/1-3): Jonas Kaufmann & Sonya Yoncheva Lead Productions

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend sees two new high profile productions open with star-studded casts. Meanwhile, Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca headline major revivals throughout Europe.

Hagen-Siegfried-Brundhilde – Theater an der Wien, Austria

On Dec. 1, the Theater an der Wien will open a new ring cycle which was developed based on Richard Wagner’s music and was especially done for the Theater an der Wien. Starting Daniel Brenna, Ingela Brimberg, Stefan Kocan, and Aris Argiris, the new trilogy will explore the question of how the actions and guilt of the grandfathers’ generation influence the lives of the following generations at both a political and a private level. The Complete installment will open this weekend.

La Bohème – Opéra de Paris, France

Sonya Yoncheva and Aida Garifullina lead an all-star cast in the Opéra de Paris’ new production of Puccini’s classic love story “La Bohème.” Claus Guth’s visionary production will be set in space showcasing a new perspective of the classic work. Atala Ayan and Arthur Rucinski round out the cast with Gustavo Dudamel conducting. The production opens Dec. 1.

Andrea Chénier – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros star in the Bayerische Staatsoper’s production by Philipp Stözl. The showcase is conducted by Marco Armiliato and also stars George Petean and Rachel Wilson.

Tristan und Isolde – Teatro del Liceu, Spain

Anytime Wagner’s masterpiece is presented on stage it’s always a special event. And this weekend the Liceu will present another performance with Irene Theorin and Stefan Vinke in the lead roles and Greer Grimsley and Sarah Connolly rounding out the cast. Josep Pons conducts.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Elina Garanca and Bryan Hymel star in Damiano Micheletto’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” with Carmen Giannattasio and Simon Keenlyside leading “Pagliacci.” Daniel Oren conducts the Olivier award-winning production which is sure to rivet audiences.