Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (3/22-24)

Two Modern Operas In Montreal & Portland Lead The Way

By David Salazar

In our selections for this weekend’s top picks, we examine a few classic masterpieces with some solid casting as well as some new operas that are gaining some traction across the continent. Here is a look at our selections, in alphabetical order by company.

La Bohème – Dallas Opera

On Saturday evening, audiences will get a chance to check out Puccini’s classic work with a solid cast that includes Pumeza Matshikiza and Jean François Borras in the two lead roles. Anthony Clark Evans appears as Marcello while Sara Gartland will interpret Musetta. The company even has the luxury casting of Samuel Ramey as Benoit-Alcindoro.

Twenty-Seven – Opera de Montréal

On Saturday and Sunday, Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s chamber work takes the stage with Elizabeth Polese, Andrea Núñez, Christianne Bélanger, Rose Naggar-Tremblay, Rocco Rupolo, and Sebastian Haboczi, among others.

Pagliacci / Pulcinella – Opera Orlando

Leoncavallo’s famed opera gets a rare double bill with Stravinsky’s famed ballet, which should make for a unique experience. The cast includes Brian Cheney, Suzanne Kantonroski, Daniel Scofield, and James Wright. Clinton Smith conducts the performances which are set for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Die Fledermaus – Palm Beach Opera

Stephanie Blythe leads the cast of Strauss’ famed operetta in the role of Orlofsky, which should be unresistible fun. The remaining cast members include Zach Borichevsky as Einsenstein, Chloé Olivia Moore as Rosalinde, and Diana Newman as Adele.

As One – Portland Opera

On Friday and Sunday, audiences in Portland will get their first opportunity to see the ever-popular work by Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed. The opera will feature Hannah S. Penn and Lee Gregory.