Top 5 Opera To See This Weekend – International (3/16-18): Barbara Hannigan & Roberto Alagna Lead Starry Productions

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend will see opera houses in full swing presenting classics and new modern masterpieces.

For this weekend preview, we’ve gone to Europe, South America, and Asia as many leading stars are performing around the world.

Three Sisters – Teatro Colón, Argentina 

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös’ opera opens the Teatro Colón in a new production by Rubén Szuchmacher. Jovita Vaskeviciute, Anna Lapkovskaja, and Elvira Hasanagić star in the lead roles. The company gives performances on Friday and Sunday.

Otello – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria 

Roberto Alagna and Aleksandra Kurzak bring their acclaimed turns in Verdi’s final tragedy. The performance will also star Dalibor Jenis as Iago and Graeme Jenkins conducts. For those not present for the performance the Wiener Staatsoper will Livestream it through its streaming service.

La Voix Humaine/Bluebeard’s Castle – Opera de Paris, France

Barbara Hannigan stars in Poulenc’s acclaimed “La Voix Humaine” in a new double bill that also includes “Bluebeard’s Castle” with John Relyea and Ekaterina Gubanova. Ingo Metzmacher conducts Krzysztof Warlikowski production.

La Traviata – Hamburg Staatsoper, Germany  

The Hamburg State Opera revives “La Traviata” with acclaimed soprano Dinara Alieva in the title role. Dovlet Nurgeldiyev sings the role of Alfredo and Markus Brück sings the role of Germont. Carlo Rizzari conducts the revival.

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci – Grand Theatre de Geneve, Switzerland 

Oksana Volkova and Nino Machadize headline a new production of the famed double bill by Emma Dante and Serena Sinigaglia. The productions also star Marcello Giordani, Diego Torre, Stefania Toczyska, and Markus Werba. Alexander Joel conducts the star-studded evening.


If you aren’t in Switzerland and you are just around Oman, Jose Cura and Davinia Rodriguez are performing Leoncavallo’s masterpiecePagliacci in Franco Zeffirelli’s timeless production from Rome at the Royal Opera Muscat. Marco Vratogna rounds out the cast with Paolo Olmi conducting.