Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (4/28-30): Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazon & Gregory Kunde Lead Star-Studded Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend looks star-studded with many operatic classics being performed by some of the greatest stars . There are also two interesting new productions to look forward to.

Andrea Chénier – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria 

Jonas Kaufmann brings his acclaimed Andrea Chénier to the Vienna State Opera and his frequent stage partner Anja Harteros sings the role of Maddalena. Marco Armiliato conducts Otto Schenk’s production with Roberto Frontali in the role of Carlo Gérard. The performance, which will take place on Sunday, will also be live streamed for those unable to find a ticket.

Die Fledermaus – Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany 

Rolando Villazon’s production of Strauss’ beloved operetta receives a premiere with Annette Dasch in the role of Rosalinde, Angela Brower as Orlofsky, and Thomas Blondelle as Eisenstein. Enea Scala and Markus Brück round out the cast with Donald Runnicles conducting.

La Sonnambula – Oper Frankfurt, Germany 

Brenda Rae sings the title role in Bellini’s melodic masterpiece, with Ioan Hotea as her lover Elvino. Eun Sun Kim conducts the production by Tina Lanik. Kihwan Sim rounds out the cast as Rodolfo.

La Forza del Destino – Semperoper, Germany 

Emily Magee and Gregory Kunde lead a new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino.” Keith Warner directs the new production, which is to also star Alexey Markov and Stephen Milling. Marks Wigglesworth conducts this rarely performed work.

The Demon – Gran Theatre del Liceu, Spain 

Anton Rubenstein’s work continues its run of the rarely performed work with Mikhail Tatarnikov conducting. Dmitry Bertman conducts an Eastern European cast led by Asmik Grigorian, Egils Siliņš, and Alexander Tsymbalyuk.