Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (3/1-3)

Michael Fabiano, Joyce El-Khoury & Lissette Oropesa Sing New Roles This Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a weekend filled with rarely performed works and many singers in role debut runs. It’s also a weekend with new productions and important revivals. Here is a look at what we think you should see.

Werther – Opera Australia, Australia

Michael Fabiano stars in the title role of Massenet’s masterpiece, continuing the run of his role debut. He is joined by  Elena Maximova who stars as Charlotte, and maestro Carlo Montanaro, conducting Elijah Moshinsky’s production.

Aida – Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege, Belgium

Elaine Alvarez continues her run in her role debut of Verdi’s masterpiece. The soprano performs alongside legendary tenor Marcello Giordani. Nino Surguladze is Amneris, Lionel Lhote, and Luca d’Amico round out the cast. Speranza Scappucci conducts.

Khovanschina -Teatro alla Scala, Italy

Valery Gergiev conducts Mussorgsky’s rarely performed opera with Ekaterina Semenchuk, Sergey Skorokhodov, Alexy Markov, Stanislav Trofimov, and Evgenia Muraveva. The new production is directed by Mario Martone.

Rodelinda – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain

Lisette Oropesa sings her first Rodelinda in Claus Guth’s production with an all-star cast that includes Joel Prieto, Sascha Cooke, Fabián Augusto Gómez, and Bejun Mehta. Josep Pons conducts.

Roberto Devereux – Welsh National Opera, Wales

Joyce El-Khoury continues her exploration of Donizetti’s Tudor Queens as Elisabetta. Barry Banks sings the title role with  Justina Gringytė as Sara. Carlo Rizzi conducts Donizetti’s masterpiece.