Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (4/13-15): Canadian Opera Company, Opera Omaha, Dallas Opera Lead Weekend

By David Salazar

As expected, the opera companies are coming back in full force as the spring season sets in. This week we go around the continent with a mix of different operas, including classic works and modern operas.

The Nightingale – Canadian Opera Company

The Igor Stravinsky opera gets its first set of performances on Friday and Saturday. The production will be conducted by Johannes Debus in a production by Robert Lepage. Given the director’s reputation, this should be a visual feast.

Don Giovanni – Dallas Opera

Under the musical direction of Emmanuel Villaume, this production of the iconic Mozart opera will showcase Mariusz Kwiecien in the title role. Kyle Ketelson, Laura Claycomb, Katie Van Kooten, David Portillo, Virginie Verrez, Craig Verm, and Morris Robinson round out a solid star-laden cast. This is the same production brought over from the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Performances take place on April 13 and 15. Get a sneak peak at what the production has to offer here.

Proving Up – Opera Omaha

On Friday and Sunday, Missy Mazzoli’s latest work will get a showcase. The work will be conducted by Christopher Roundtree with James Darrah directing. Michael Slattery, John Moore, and Talise Trevigne lead the cast.

The Triumph of Honor – Opera Memphis

Scarlatti’s work gets two showcases on Friday and Saturday at the Playhouse on the Square. Michael Sakir conducts a cast that includes Brendan Tuohy, Lexa Ferrill, Marcus King, Chelsea Miller, and David Schnell.

Tosca – Michigan Opera Theatre

Alexia Voulgaridou and Kelly Kaduce alternate the title role on Saturday and Sunday while tenors Andrea Carè and Noah Stewart both play Cavaradossi. Greer Grimsley appears as Scarpia. Puccini’s opera is always a must-see experience with a solid cast featuring established and up-and-coming stars.