Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (8/24-26)

Plácido Domingo, Aida Garifullina & Michèle Losier Headline August’s Final Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

As festival season comes to an end, a number of classics will be presented. The weekend will also see a historic performance for legendary opera singer Plácido Domingo. Here is a look at what you need to see this weekend.

Les Pêcheurs de Perles – Salzburg Festival, Austria

Plácido Domingo makes history this weekend as he takes on his 150th role in his repertory. The tenor-turned-baritone is joined by Operalia winner Aida Garifullina in her role debut and Javier Camarena. The concert performance will be conducted by Riccardo Minasi leading the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg.

Verdi Opera Night – Arena di Verona, Italy

The Arena di Verona will celebrate Verdi by presenting three different acts from the composer’s most popular works, “Rigoletto,” “La Traviata” and “Il Trovatore.” Luca Salsi, Lisette Oropesa, Francesco Meli, Violetta Urmana, Maria Mudryak, and Simone Piazzola star among others. Andrea Battistoni conducts the production by Stefano Trespidi.

La Traviata – Teatro La Fenice, Italy 

Claudia Pavone takes on the title role of Violetta in Verdi’s masterpiece. She leads in Robert Carsen’s legendary production with Stefan Pop and Markus Werba.   Sesto Quatrini conducts the Teatro La Fenice orchestra and chorus.

Il Trittico – Puccini Opera Festival, Italy

The Puccini Opera Festival held at the Torre del Lago Puccini is set to close with the composer’s operatic trilogy. A cast will be announced closed to the closing night performance.

La Cenerentola – Edinburgh International Festival, United Kingdom

Michèle Losier sings the title role of Rossini’s comedy in Stefan Herheim’s production from Opéra de Lyon. Taylor Stayton and Cyrille Dubois alternate the role Don Ramiro with Nikolay Borchev, Renato Girolami, Clara Meloni, Katherine Aitken, and Simone Alberghini. Stefano Montanari conducts the production.