Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (12/7-9)

Krassimira Stoyanova, Ildar Abdrazakov & Irina Lungu Among The Weekend’s Stars

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend is here and as we get closer to the holiday season new productions are opening. Among those are a number of world premieres. The Teatro alla Scala is also set to open its season with a new production of another popular Italian work. Here is a look at what we think you should check out.

Die Weiden – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria

Johannes Maria Staud and Durs Grünbein bring a newly commissioned work to Wiener Staatsoper which stars Rachel Frenkel, Tomasz Konieczny, Thomas Ebenstein, and Andrea Carroll. The work brings the political unrest in Europe into focus.

La Cenerentola – Teatro Colón, Colombia

Alejandro Roca conducts a new production of Rossini’s timeless classic in an abridged version. The fairy tale opera stars an all-Colombian cast that is led by Paola Leguizamón, Valeriano Lanchas, Gabriela Ruíz, Karolyn Rosero, Pablo Martínez, Juan David González, and Hyalmar Mitrotti. Ramiro Gutiérrez directs the work, which opens on Saturday and will also be shown in a Sunday matinee and evening performance.

Ariadne auf Naxos – Semperoper Dresden, Germany

David Hermann directs a new production of Strauss’ two-part work. Christian Thielemann conducts the opera with a distinguished cast led by Krassimira Stoyanova, Stephen Gould, Daniela Fally, and Daniela Fally.

Attila – Teatro alla Scala,  Italy

Ildar Abdrazakov headlines the Teatro alla Scala’s opening night in a new production of Verdi’s early masterpiece by Davide Livermore. Saioa Hernandez makes her La Scala debut in a cast that also includes Fabio Sartori and George Petean. Riccardo Chailly conducts the production, which is set to be streamed worldwide.

La Bohème – Korean National Opera, Korea

Irina Lungu and Ho Yoon Chung lead Puccini’s most popular work in a production by Marco Gandini. Hye Myung Kang, and Dong Hwan Lee round out the cast as Musetta and Marcello. Shiyeon Sung conducts the opera.