Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – International (9/14-16)

Jennifer Rowley, Michael Volle & Saimir Pirgu Lead Starry Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

Do you like your Verdi? Or how about your Strauss? Maybe you are more interested in modern works that are rarely heard or performed. Well this weekend has that and much more. So buckle in and behold our choices for the top five operas we are pumped to see this weekend.

Die Frau Ohne Schatten – Berlin State Opera, Germany

Simon O’Neill, Camilla Nylund, Michaela Schuster, Elena Pankratova, and Michael Volle lead the star-studded cast of Strauss’ masterpiece. Claus Guth directs the production with Simone Young conducting.

Three Sisters – Oper Frankfurt, Germany 

Peter Eötvös’s rarely performed work gets a new production by Dorothea Kirschbaum. Countertenors Ray Chenez, David DQ Lee, and Dmitry Egorov perform the leading roles with Dennis Russell Davies conducting the evocative score.

Verdi Trilogy – Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Italy

The Maggio Musicale will present two of the Verdi trilogy this weekend including “Il Trovatore” and “Rigoletto.” “Il Trovatore” will star Jennifer Rowley, Massimo Cavalletti, Piero Pretti, and Olesya Petrova, while “Rigoletto” will star Jessica Nuccio, Iván Ayón Rivas, and Yngve Søberg. Fabio Luisi conducts both operas in Francesco Micheli’s production.

Fuenteovejuna – Opera de Oviedo, Spain

Jorge Muñiz’s opera gets its final performance of the season with a cast that includes Maria Miró, Antonio Lozano, Felipe Bou, and Javier Franco. Santiago Serrate conducts the opera in Miguel del Arco’s production.

Carmen – Bangkok Festival, Thailand

Saimir Pirgu makes his role debut as Don José in “Carmen,” alongside Veronica Simeoni and Federica Lombardi. Vito Priante rounds out the cast with Zubin Mehta conducting. Daniele Finzi Pasca directing the production.