Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – International (2/8-10)

‘Katya Kabanova’ In London, A New ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ In Vienna, Among Top Picks

By David Salazar

This weekend’s international roundup of must watch opera features a plethora of rare works and two repertory staples in unique productions. Here is a look at our top recommendations, in order by company.

L’Enigma di Lea – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona

Composer Benet Casablancas and librettist Rafael Argullol’s work will get its world premiere in Barcelona on Saturday with a cast that features Allison Cook, José Antonio López, Sara Blanch, and Anaïs Masllorens, among others. Josep Pons conducts a production directed by Carme Portaceli.

Katya Kabanova – Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Amanda Majeski is earning some of the best reviews of her career for her work in the Janacek opera. “Majeski’s incarnation of Kát’a is a virtuoso performance,” noted the Independent.

The performance on Saturday is conducted by Edward Gardiner and also features Pavel Cernoch and Susan Bickley, among others.

Il Sogno di Scipione – Teatro la Fenice, Venice

The rare Mozart opera gets performances on Friday and Sunday this weekend with a cast that includes Giuseppe Valentino Buzza, Francesca Boncompagni, and Emanuele D’Aguanno. It’s a unique opportunity to see this little-performed work at one of Italy’s best theaters.

Rigoletto – Teatro Regio di Torino

John Turturro’s visión of Verdi’s middle period masterpiece comes to life with a performance on Saturday that stars soprano Gilda Fiume, baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat, and tenor Iván Ayó Rivas.

Lucia di Lammermoor – Vienna State Opera

On Saturday, Donizetti’s tragic masterpiece will get a new production in Vienna as directed by Evelino Pidò. Olga Peretyatko stars in the title role with Juan Diego Flórez as her lover Edgardo. George Petean and Jongmin Park round out the cast.