Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (3/15-17)

Placido Domingo, Kristine Opolais & Louise Alder Among Great Stars This Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend is filled with exciting casts, classic operas, and two rare gems. One is an early work and the other is a new modern opera, which had its world premiere last year.

Here is a look at what OperaWire recommends you see this weekend.

Tosca – Emirates Palace Auditorium, Abu Dhabi

Kristine Opolais makes her Arab debut singing the title role in Puccini’s dramatic masterwork alongside Vittorio Gigolo and legendary bass-baritone Bryn Terfel.

The orchestra will be the Sinfonia Cymru, joined by Côr choir.

Girls of the Golden West, Dutch National Opera, Denmark

Julia Bullock, Lucas van Lierop, Elliot Madore, J’Nai Bridges, and Ryan Mckinny sing the final performance of the Dutch premiere of Johan Adams and Peter Sellars’ latest collaboration. Grant Gershon conducts the performance.

La Fanciulla del West – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

Anja Kampe takes on the title role in Puccini’s rarely performed work. She is joined by Brandon Jovanovich and John Lundgren. James Gaffigan conducts the new production by Andreas Dresen.

La Traviata – Teatro alla Scala, Italy

Angel Blue finishes her run of Violetta in Liliana Cavani’s classic production alongside Francesco Meli and Plácido Domingo. Marco Armiliato conducts.

La Calisto – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain

Louise Alder makes her Teatro Real debut in Cavalli’s operatic gem with Monical Becelli, Karina Gauvin, Tim Mead, and Nikolay Borchev. David Alden directs the production with Ivor Bolton conducting.