Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (7/20-22)

Jonas Kaufmann, Joyce El-Khoury & Melody Moore Highlight The Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a weekend of Bel Canto, Wagner, Mozart, and Puccini with many of the greatest stars in the world. There are some rarities and some signature pieces that are must see.

Tosca – Teatro Municipal de Chile, Chile

Melody Moore and Lilit Soghomonyan share the title role in Puccini’s masterpiece with Leonardo Caimi and  Artem Golubev alternating Cavaradossi. Elchin Azizov and Alexander Krasnov portray Scarpia with Konstantin Chudovsky and Pedro-Pablo Prudencio alternating in the pit.

The Magic Flute – Macerata Opera Festival, Italy

The festival at the Sferisterio opens with Mozart’s German work starring Giovanni Sala as Tamino, Guido Loconsolo as Papageno, and Valentina Mastrangelo as Pamina. Graham Vick directs the production with Daniel Cohen conducting.

The Ring Cycle – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany

This weekend Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” and “Die Walküre” will be showcased with a cast that includes Wolfgang Koch, Ekaterina Gubanova, Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Jonas Kaufmann, Nina Stemme, and Anja Kampe. Kirill Petrenko conducts both works in Andreas Kriegenburg’s production.

La Favorite – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain

Clémentine Margaine and Daniela Barcellona alternate the leading role Donizetti’s popular French work. Michael Spyres and Stephen Costello share the role of Fernand, while Markus Werba and Mattia Olivieri alternate Alphonse. Patrick Summers conducts.

L’Ange de Nisida – Royal Opera House, United Kingdom

The Royal Opera, in association with Opera Rara, will give the final performance of the world premiere of Donizetti’s opera, which was reworked as “La Favorite.” Sir Mark Elder conducts the performance starring Joyce El-Khoury, Laurent Naouri, David Junghoon Kim, and Vito Priante.