Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (2/15-17)

It’s All About Jake Heggie, Donizetti, Rare Verdi & ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’

By David Salazar

There is a wide variety of repertory in this weekend’s recommendations. They include two modern works, a 20th-century British piece, and two operas by Italian composers. Here is a look at what we recommend (in alphabetical order by company).

Three Decembers – Fargo Moorhead Chamber Opera

Yes, it is a third straight week of featuring Jake Heggie on this list. But it just goes to show how impactful he has been on the national opera scene. This work will be presented on Friday and Sunday and features Lucy Thrasher, Anne Jennifer Nash, and Robert Wesley Mason.

La Fille du Régiment – Metropolitan Opera

Pretty Yende stars in the title role of Donizetti’s comic gem with Javier Camarena getting the chance to showcase his nine high C’s. The performance on Friday night will undeniably be an entertaining romp for those who head to the Met Opera.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Opera Philadelphia

Britten’s opera will get its final two performances in Robert Carsen’s famed production. The work will feature Tim Mead, Anna Christy, Miltos Yerolemou, and Georgia Jarman. Performances are on Friday and Sunday.

María De Buenos Aires – Opera Southwest / Opera In the Heights

Piazzola and Ferrer’s “tango operita” will receive performances with two distinct opera companies. Opera In the Heights will showcase the masterpiece by the Argentine composer on Friday and Sunday while Opera Southwest will present the work on Sunday. Opera In the Height’s production will feature Sishel Clavarie in the title role while Opera Southwest’s production will star Denise Wernly Alsina.

I Due Foscari – West Bay Opera

Verdi was a constant stream of grandiose melodic style and even in this early opera, the display of his genius and its potential is abundant. This opera barely gets presented so that alone makes it a must-see. The cast includes Jason Duika, Christina Major, Nathan Granner, and Ben Brady. The performances are set for (you guessed it!) Friday and Sunday.