Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (4/20-22): Anna Netrebko’s Big Night Dominates Weekend

By David Salazar

It’s a big weekend in the opera world, with undeniably the biggest show coming from the biggest star around. Here is a look at five can’t-miss performances from around the North American continent (In alphabetical order by company).

NJ Verismo Opera – Turandot

Puccini’s final opera gets one performance in NJ with Zhanna Alkhazova in the title role, Philip Alongi as Calaf, Yulan Piao as Liu and Roland Burks as Timur. The production will be showcased at the Bergen Performing Arts Center’s opera house under the direction of Evelyn La Quaif.

Manitoba Opera  – La Traviata

On Friday night, soprano Angel Blue will star in Verdi’s tragic tale alongside Adam Luther and James Westman. Tyrone Paterson conducts. It will be the final performance of the run.

Met Opera – Tosca

And here is the big one. Anna Netrebko returns to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in a year. This will be her role debut in Puccini’s famed opera and she will star alongside Michael Volle and husband Yusif Eyvazov. The performance kicks off a six-show run on Saturday evening.

Pacific Opera Project – Don Giovanni

Mozart’s immortal work continues its revival with POP on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night with a cast that includes Adrian Rosas, E. Scott Levin, Daria Somers, Saira Frank, Robert Norman, Tiffany Ho, Luvi Avendano, and Andrew Potter. The production sets the opera in the world of 1930s mobster.

Pittsburgh Opera – The Elixir of Love

Starting Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Opera will revive Donizetti’s famed comedy with Ekaterina Siurina as Adina, Dimitri Pittas as Nemorino, Zachary Nelson as Belcore, and Paolo Pecchioli as Dr. Dulcamara. Christian Capocaccia conducts the production by Daniel Slater. Audiences will also get a chance to sample free drinks from Wigle Whiskey in the lobby during each of the performances of the run.