Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (1/11-13)

By Francisco Salazar

As January continues, many of the opera companies are back in session with a number of revivals and new productions on offer. The focus of this weekend’s major choices will be numerous repertory standards.

Arabella – Théâtre des Champs Elysées, France

Anja Harteros sings her signature role alongside a cast that includes Kurt Rydl, Doris Soffel, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, and Michael Volle.

Constantin Trinks conducts the Bayerisches Staatsorchester and choir of the Bayerische Staatsoper. The production is being presented by the Bayerische Staatsoper at the Champs-Elysées.

Norma – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Carmen Giannattasio takes on the title role in Bellini’s demanding opera. She is joined by Angela Brower and Joseph Calleja. Mikas Kares rounds out the cast with Daniele Callegari conducting. It is the final performance of the run before the opera returns in the summer.

La Traviata – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Teatro alla Scala, Italy

For Italian audiences, Verdi’s masterpiece seems like the best option this weekend. At the famed Milan stage Marina Rebeka makes her La Scala debut with Francesco Meli and Leo Nucci singing the lead roles. Myung-Whun Chung conducts the famed Lilana Cavani production.

Meanwhile in Rome, Jessica Nuccio and Claudia Pavone alternate the title role on Saturday and Sunday with Antonio Poli and Alessandro Scotto di Luzio sharing the role of Alfredo. Pietro Rizzo conducts the Sofia Coppola production.

Un Ballo in Maschera – Teatro Regio di Parma, Italy

Saimir Pirgu headlines a revival of “Un Ballo in Maschera” with rising star Irina Churilova and Silvia Beltrami. Laura Giordano and Leon Kim round out the starry cast and Sebastiano Rolli conducts Marina Bianchi’s elegant production.

Madama Butterfly – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain

Lianna Haroutounian sings the title role in Puccini’s work with Jorge de León as Pinkerton. The second cast stars Maria Teresa Leva making her role debut alongside Rame Lahaj.

Giampaolo Bisanti conducts the production by Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser.