Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (1/25-27)

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a weekend filled with diverse repertoire and some rarely performed gems. It’s also a weekend highlighted by superstars and veterans liked Jonas Kaufmann, Brabndon Jovanovich, and Annick Massis. Here is a look!

Faust – Opera Royal de Wallonie, Belgium

Marc Laho, Anne-Catherine Gillet, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo star in Gounod’s most popular opera. Patrick Davin conducts Stefano Poda’s new production.

Les Troyens – Opera de Paris, France

Brandon Jovanovich stars in Dmitri Tchneriakov’s new production of Berlioz’s epic masterpiece. Ekaterina Semenchuck stars as Didon with Stéphanie d’Oustrac as Cassandre. Christian Van Horn, Michèle Losier, Véronique Gens, and Paata Burchuladze round out the cast. Phillippe Jordan conducts.

Lucrezia Borgia – Théâtre du Capitole de Toulose, France

Annick Massis stars in the title role of Donizetti’s opera alongside Mert Süngü in the role of Gennaro. Eléonore Pancrazi and Andreas Bauer Kanabas round out the cast in Emilio Sagi’s acclaimed production. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the tragic masterpiece.

Die Tote Städt – Opéra de Limoges, France

Canadian tenor David Pomeroy returns to the role of Paul in his third production of Korngold’s masterpiece. He sings the work opposite Cécile Fargues as Marietta and Daniel Schmutzhard as Fritz. Pavel Baleff conducts the production by Sandrine Anglade.

Fidelio – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Jonas Kaufmann stars in Beethoven’s only opera with Anja Kampe in the title role. Wolfgang Koch, Gunther Groissbock and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller round out the cast. Kirill Petrenko conducts Calixto Bieto’s production.