Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/26-28): Rolando Vilazón, Marina Rebeka & Anna Pirozzi Sing Title Roles

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a weekend of role debuts, production debuts and continuing runs. It’s also a weekend to see rare works, as well as repertoire staples.

Aida – Teatro Colón, Argentina 

The Teatro Colón opens its production of Verdi’s masterpiece with Latonia Moore starring in the title role and Nadia Krasteva as her rival Amneris. Riccardo Massi, Mark Rucker, and Roberto Scandiuzzi also star with Carlos Vieu conducting.

From the House of the Dead – Bayerische Staatsoper 

Simone Young conducts Frank Castorf’s new production, which marks the premiere of Janacek’s opera at the Munich theater. Peter Rose, Bo Skovhus, Evgeniya Sotnikova, and Manuel Günther star in the production.

Pelléas et Mélisande – Berlin State Opera, Germany 

Rolando Villazón makes his role debut as Pelléas in Debussy’s masterpiece. He stars alongside Marianne Crebassa, Michael Volle, Anna Larsson, and Dominic Barbieri. Daniel Barenboim conducts.

Giovanna d’Arco – Konzerthaus Dortmund, Germany   

Marina Rebeka makes her role debut in Verdi’s early work. The one night-only concert performance is a must-see for this leading soprano, who is slowly becoming one of the biggest superstars in opera. Jean-François Borras also stars with Daniele Callegari conducting the WDR Funkhausorchester Köln.

Norma, Bilbao Opera, Spain 

Anna Pirozzi sings the title role of “Norma” with Silvia Tro Santafe and Gregory Kunde in a production by David Livermore. Pietro Rizzo conducts the production, which is a co-production from the Teatro Real.