Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (1/12-14): Beth Morrison Projects, El Paso Opera, Seattle Opera Return to Business

By David Salazar

With the New Years’ celebrations already at an end, a lot of major opera companies are making major returns. Here is a rundown of the performances you should get excited over this weekend!

Acquanetta – Beth Morrison Projects

Leave it to Beth Morrison Projects to bring the world unique experiences, starting with Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman’s “Acquanetta,” a work that takes inspiration from a former B-movie star known only as Acquanetta.

Per Artman herself, “In ‘Acquanetta,’ the mock serious, campy spirit of horror movies is turned inside out in a bravura, one-act deconstruction of the five minutes that changed Acquanetta’s life forever. The mad scientist Doctor, the insistent Ape, the reluctant Brainy Woman, the visionary Director and the beautiful monster herself, Acquanetta, gather in this re-imagining of that fateful experiment. In soaring, sometimes comic and always indelible songs that perfectly capture the heightened drama of horror films, these vivid characters reveal their inner longings and emotional shadows in what is ultimately a haunting meditation on the meaning of identity, transformation, stereotypes and typecasting, set in the hey-dey of Hollywood gloss.”

Performances take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

As One – Hawaii Opera Theatre

Laura Kaminsky, Kimberly Reed, and Mark Campbell’s modern opera continues making the rounds after great success in 2017. This time it heads to Hawaii for performances on Saturday and Sunday with Sasha Cooke, in her Hawaii Opera Theatre debut, and Kelly Markgraf leading the cast. Robert Wood conducts while Jeffrey Buchman makes his HOT debut as the stage director.

Così Fan Tutte – Seattle Opera

With performances on Saturday and Sunday, the Seattle Opera makes a return to the stage with a performance of the third Da Ponte-Mozart collaboration. The cast is set to star the Costa-Jackson sisters, Ginger and Marina, as Fiordiigi and Dorabella, during the Saturday performance with Hanna Hipp and Marjukka Tepponen taking on the Sunday showcase. The cast also includes Tuomas Katajala and Ben Bliss alternating Ferrando while Craig Verm and Michael Adas share Gugliemo. Rounding out the cast as Despina and Don Alfonso are Laura Tatulescu and Kevin Burdette respectively.

Hansel and Gretel – El Paso Opera

For just this weekend, El Paso Opera presents Humperdinck’s famed opera with a cast that includes Cherry Duke, Kellie Rumba Rattay, and Dr. Elisa Wilson. Kathleen Kelly leads from the pit while Justin Lucero directs.

Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci – Metropolitan Opera

Featuring one of opera’s finest singing actors, Roberto Alagna, in the double bill, audiences get a chance to check out Mascagni and Leoncavallo’s masterworks on the Met stage in a production by David McVicar. The operas will also star Ekaterina Semenchuk, George Gagnidze, Aleksandra Kurzak, and Alessio Ardiuni. Nicola Luisotti conducts. This weekend’s performance takes place on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.