Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (2/22-24)

Maria Agresta, Irina Lungu & Bo Skovhus Portray Leading Roles

By Francisco Salazar

This week there are a number of new productions as well as classic works being performed. There is also one opera that is being showcased in two different theaters with two all-star casts; it is for this reason that we simply could not overlook it. Check out our recommendations in alphabetical order by company.

Karl V – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Ernst Krenek’s opera continues its run in a new production by Carlus Padrissa of La Fura dels Baus.  The opera, conducted by Erik Nielsen, stars Bo Skovhus, Okka von der Damerau, Gun-Brit Barkmin, Anne Schwanewilms, and Dean Power.

For those not in the house, the production will be live streamed by company’s STAATSOPER.TV.

Die Zauberflöte – Berlin State Opera, Germany

Yuval Sharon’s new production continues its run with Alondra de la Parra conducting. Kwangchul Youn, Julian Prégardien, Serena Sáenz Molinero, Florian Teichtmeister, Sarah Aristidou, and Tuuli Takala star in the production. De la Parra is a conductor to look out for as her profile continues to grow.

Anna Bolena – Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Italy

Maria Agresta and Carmela Remigio duel for the love of Alex Esposito’s Enrico in Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena.” Riccardo Frizza conducts the critical edition of the score in Andrea De Rosa’s new production. René Barbera and Martina Belli round out the cast. Having heard the broadcast this past week, there is no doubt that this is a truly unique experience, especially seeing two sopranos do battle with music that is often overlooked and omitted.

Idomeneo – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain

Eric Cutler takes the title role of Mozart’s masterful work with David Portillo, Anett Fritsch, Eleonora Buratto, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk. Ivor Bolton conducts the new Robert Carsen production.

Idomeneo – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria

And yes, Mozart’s classic opera will also be showcased in Vienna with an equally fascinating set of artists. Bernard Richter headlines a revival of Mozart’s “Idomeneo” with Rachel Frenkel, Irina Lungu in her role debut as Elettra, Valentina Naforniţa, and Pavel Kolgatin. Tomáš Netopil conducts Kasper Holten’s production.