Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (6/22-24): Lisette Oropesa, Javier Camarena & Edita Gruberova Light Up The Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

In a weekend of classics, there will be new productions opening, some revivals, and others closing. And then there will be a gala with one of a legendary sopranos who has surpassed all expectations. Here is a look!

Gala Konzert – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria 

Edita Gruberova offers a gala concert featuring music from “La Traviata,” “Don Giovanni,” “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” “Roberto Devereux,” and “Idomeneo.” Marco Armiliato conducts the gala with Paolo Rumetz, Jinxu Xiahou, Donna Ellen, and Dan Paul Dumitrescu rounding out the list of performers.

Adriana Lecourvreur – Oper Frankfurt, Germany 

Angela Meade sings her final performance of the current run of Cilea’s masterpiece. She is joined by Tanja Ariane Baumgartner and Vincent Wolfsteiner. Steven Sloane conducts Vincent Boussard’s production.

Carmen – Arena di Verona, Italy 

The Arena di Verona opens its summer festival with Bizet’s masterpiece in a new production by Hugo de Ana. Brian Jagde stars as Don José and Anna Goryachova in the title role. Alexander Vinogradov and Mariangela Sicilia round out the cast with Francesco Ivan Ciampa conducting.

Il Trovatore – Opéra de Paris, France 

Sondra Radvanovsky returns to the role of Leonora after seven years singing alongside Marcelo Alvarez in the title role and Željko Lučić. Anita Rachvelishvili, who scored rave reviews at the Metropolitan Opera for her turn as Azucena, rounds out the cast. Maurizio Benini conducts Alex Olle’s production.

Lucia di Lammermoor – Teatro Real de Madrid, Spain 

Lisette Oropesa takes the lead role in Donizetti’s masterpiece. The soprano, who sings her signature role is joined by Javier Camarena, who makes his role debut as Edgardo. Artur Rucinski and Roberto Tagliavini round out the cast. The weekend also sees a second cast sing the opera with Venera Gimadieva in the title role and Ismael Jordi as Edgardo.