Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (10/26-28)

Last Chance to See Jonas Kaufmann in NY

By David Salazar

It’s National Opera Week, so as you can imagine, there are a ton of operas being offered this weekend. So we looked through and picked out the five we feel you have to see no matter what (in alphabetical order by company). You’ll notice that many are slowly but surely drawing to a close and this might just be your last opportunity to check them out.

La Fanciulla del West – Metropolitan Opera

For the last time this season, the Met Opera will present “La Fanciulla del West.” The Saturday matinee will be in movie theaters and will star Jonas Kaufmann one last time at the Met this season alongside Eva-Maria Westbroek and Zeljko Lucic. Marco Armiliato conducts.

Eugene Onegin – Canadian Opera Company

Robert Carsen’s production remains a masterwork of directorial vision and is heading into its final performances this weekend with a show on Friday. And this revival in Canada will be headlined by soprano Joyce El-Khoury, who is becoming one of the most exciting singers on the rise. Joseph Kaiser will bring his beautiful tenor to Lensky and Gordon Binter will star in the title role.

La Bohème – Houston Grand Opera

Puccini’s “La Bohème” comes back to the stage at Houston Grand Opera, which is fully underway. Performances on Friday and Sunday will feature a young cast headlined by Nicole Heaston and Ivan Magri as the star-crossed lovers Mimì and Rodolfo, respectively.

Idomeneo – Lyric Opera of Chicago

Another production close to ending its run, this “Idomeneo” features Matthew Polenzani in what he has stated is his favorite Mozart opera. Erin Wall, Janai Brugger, Angela Brower, and David Portillo fill out the cast, which will be conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. Sunday’s performance starts at 2 p.m.

Maria de Buenos Aires – New York City Opera

On Friday night, audiences in New York will get a chance to hear soprano Catalina Cuervo sing the role that she has dominated throughout the last few years. This is the second the performance of the run, conducted by Jorge Parodi.