Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (2/15-17)

‘Semiramide,’ ‘Salome’ & ‘I Masnadieri’ Headline Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend, celebrate Valentine’s day with a plethora of dramatic works and tragedies. This weekend will not include repertory staples but rarely performed works that are getting revivals or new productions. Check it out.

Salome – Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy

Ausrine Stundyte takes on the title role in Strauss’ early masterwork. Gabriele Lavia directs a production, which also stars Doris Soffel, Tuomas Pursio, and Ian Storey. The opera is conducted by Juraj Valčuha. The second cast, which also performs this weekend, stars Elisabet Strid in the title role and Sebastian Holecek.

West Side Story – Komische Oper, Germany

Jasmina Sakr and Johannes Dunz take center stage in the lead roles with Azzurra Adinolfi and Daniel Therrien as Anita and Riff. Koen Schoots conducts Barrie Kosky and Otto Pichler’s production.

Le Grand Macabre – Opernhaus Zurich, Switzerland

György Ligeti’s opera continues its successful run with a cast that includes Alina Adamski, Sinéad O’Kelly, Alexander Kaimbacher, and Sarah Alexandra Hudarew. Tito Ceccherini conducts Tatjana Gürbaca’s production.

I Masnadieri – Palau de les Arts, Spain

Spanish audiences will get a chance to see Verdi’s early gem for the last time this week. Roberta Mantegna, Artur Rucinski, Michele Pertusi, and Stefano Secco star. Roberto Abbado conducts.

Semiramide – Bilbao Opera, Spain

Silvia Dalla Benetta, Daniela Barcellona, Simón Orfila, and José Luis Sola star in Rossini’s final Italian opera. Alessandro Vitiello conducts Luca Ronconi’s new production.