Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (5/4-6): Rossini, Thomas Ades & Boito On Display

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend is filled with a number of rarities and modern masterpieces all around the world. We look at what we think audiences can discover for the first time and rising stars performing these roles.

La Donna del Lago, Opera Royal de Wallonie, Liege, Belgium 

Salome Jicia takes on the title role in Rossini’s rarely performed drama with Marianna Pizzolato and Maxim Mironov in the lead roles. The cast will also include Sergey Romanovsky and Simon Orfila in a new production by Damiano Micheletto. Michele Mariotti conducts opening night.

The Exterminating Angel, Royal Danish Opera, Denmark

Thomas Ades’ recent opera based on the acclaimed Luis Buñuel film makes its Danish premiere with a new cast that includes Gisela Stille, Kerstin Avemo, Randi Stene, Sine Bundegaard, Hanne Fischer, Gert Henning-Jensen, Paul Curievici, Morton Grove Frandsen, and Alexander Sprague among others. Tom Cairns conducts Robert Houssart’s production.

Il Signor Bruschino, Teatro La Fenice, Italy

Audiences get a rare opportunity to see Rossini’s comic gem which OperaWire called, “a Solid” revival. Giulia Bolcato, Francisco Brito, and Omar Montanari star with Alvise Casellati conducting.

Mefistofele-Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

Carmen Giannattasio and Joseph Calleja sing the final performance of Boito’s operatic masterpiece. They are joined by Erwin Schrott in the title role with Omer Meir Wellber conducting Roland Schwab’s production.

4.48 Psychosis-Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

Philip Venables’s award-winning opera inspired by Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play is revived for the first time and gets its final performance of the season this weekend. Richard Baker conducts an ensemble that includes Lucy Schaufer, Samantha Price, Susanna Hurrell, Lucy Hall, and Rachael Lloyd.