Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (10/26-28)

Ainhoa Ateta, Roberto Alagna & Aleksandra Kurzak Lead Diverse Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

You’ll see some standard classics and quite a number of rare works in this weekend’s list from Latin America and all around Europe. Here are five picks for this weekend’s top opera to see!

Guillaume Tell – Theater an der Wien, Austria

John Osborn and Christoph Pohl lead Rossini’s final masterpiece in a production by Torsten Fischer. Jane Archibald rounds out the cast as Mathilde with Diego Matheusz conducting the grand work.

Florencia en el Amazonas – Teatro Colón, Colombia

Pedro Salazar directs a revival of Daniel Catan’s ever-popular opera. Valeriano Lanchas leads a cast that includes Camilo Mendoza, Ana María Ruge, Mónica Danilov, Hyalmar Mitrotti, Alexis Trejos, Manuel Franco y Camila Toro. Ricardo Jaramillo G. conducts the masterpiece.

Stay Tuned for a review by OperaWire as we will be in attendance.

La Traviata – Opéra National de Paris, France

Aleksandra Kurzak sings her final “La Traviata” in Paris. She is joined by her husband Roberto Alagna, who appears for one exclusive performance alongside Luca Salsi as Germont.

The performance coincides with the release of Kurzak and Alagna’s CD release. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the final performance.

La Bohème – Bilbao Opera, Spain

Ainhoa Arteta returns to her signature role of Mimi in Puccini’s most popular opera. Teodor Ilincai sings Rodolfo in his house debut while Artur Ruciński and Jessica Nuccio round out the cast as Marcello and Musetta. Pedro Halffter conducts the production.

Only the Sound Remains – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain

Philippe Jaroussky leads Kaija Saariaho’s 2016 masterpiece, which won the 2017 winner of the Fronteras del Conocimiento de la Fundación BBVA prize. 

Davone Tines joins Jaroussky in what should be a visual spectacle. Ivor Bolton conducts Peter Sellar’s production.