Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (7/27-29)

Piotr Beczala’s Big Debut Dominates Stellar Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a big weekend all around Europe. You can be sure that you will see some incredible opera and this week’s selection feature some repertory staples as well as some rarer works.

Salome – Salzburg Festival, Austria 

Asmik Grigorian sings the title role in Strauss’ classic opera in a new production from Romeo Castellucci. John Daszak, Anna Maria Chiuri, and Gabor Bretz round our the cast with Franz Welser-Möst conducting.

Il Trionfo dell’Amore – Festival Della Valle d’itra, Italy

Scarlatti’s little-known work returns to the stage at the festival with a cast that includes Rachael Jane Birthisel, Erica Cortese, Raffaele Pe, Federica Livi, Francesco Castoro, Nico Franchini, Patrizio La Placa, and Suzana Nadejde. Jacopo Raffaele conducts the work.

Lohengrin – Bayreuth Festival, Germany 

Piotr Beczala sings the title role in Yuval Sharon’s new production with Anja Harteros, Waltraud Meier, and Christian Thielemann conducting. Georg Zeppenfeld, and Tomasz Konieczny round out the star-studded cast.

Orlando Paladino – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

The Munich company presents its final production of Hayden’s famous opera with rising star Adela Zaharia, David Portillo, Tara Erraught, and Ivor Bolton conducting. Axel Ranisch directs the new production.

Carmen – Greek National Opera, Greece

Anita Rachvelishvili sings the title role of Carmen alongside Pavel Černoch. Kate Aldrich alternates the role alongside  Dimitris Paksoglou. The opera is presented as part of the French Opera Cycle with Lukas Karytinos conducting and Stephen Langridge directing.