Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (2/22-24)

Don’t Miss Verdi’s Great Comic Masterwork & Others

By David Salazar

There is a wide range of variety on this weekend’s recommendations, though you might notice a familiar composer making his way into the top five for yet another week. Here are the operas to see this weekend (in alphabetical order by company).

The Loser – LA Opera

David Lang’s new opera makes its West Coast premiere on Friday and Saturday with Rod Gilfry performing alongside pianist Conrad Tao. It is a uniquely intimate work that narrates the story of two piano students who met in a masterclass by Horowitz that also featured Glenn Gould.

Falstaff – Metropolitan Opera

Verdi’s final masterpiece will open on Friday night with Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. Alongside him will be a star cast that includes Ailyn Perez, Golda Schultz, and Marie-Nicole Lemieux, among others. Richard Farnes conducts an opera that is simply perfect from start to finish.

Glory Denied – Pittsburgh Opera

The Pittsburgh Opera showcases Tom Cipullo’s increasingly popular work with a cast that includes Terrence Chin-Loy, Benjamin Taylor, Ashley Fabian, and Caitlin Gotimer. The first performance is on Saturday.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs – Seattle Opera

Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s most recent collaboration makes its premiere in Seattle on Saturday and Sunday in a production that stars John Moore, Emily Fons, and Garrett Sorenson. This work is undeniably one of the most fascinating creations in recent history, given its theme and subject matter.

Three Decembers – Tri Cities Opera

Yes, this is the fourth straight week to feature a Jake Heggie opera on the top five. This work, created with Gene Sheer, will be showcased on Friday and Sunday. The fact that this opera, and others, is getting as much play as it is is merely an indication of the composer’s increasing vitality in the repertory. It’s his moment, and it is essential to enjoy it.