Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (4/5-7)

Piazzolla, Rossini, Little, & Glass Among Composers Showcased

By David Salazar

Those expecting repertory classics in this weekend’s recommendations might wind up a bit disappointed. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any exciting operas on offer. There are a ton of new works and some unlikely classics on display.

Scalia / Ginsburg & Trial By Jury – Baltimore Concert Opera

This unique double bill will be showcased on Friday and Sunday, closing out the company’s season. The first work, a comedy, is created by Derrick Wang and looks at the friendship between the two titular Supreme Court Justices. It is followed by another comedy, this time by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Maria de Buenos Aires – Bare Opera

Piazzolla and Ferrer’s famed “tango operita” gets a unique production with the New York-based company. Malena Dayen directs and stars with David Rosenmeyer conducting. The production will include Marcelo Guzzo, Eugenia Forteza, Sucha Kim, Daniel Irizarry, and Mouna R’miki. Performances run all throughout the weekend.

Soldier Songs – Beth Morrison Projects, Austin Opera

Austin Opera, in collaboration with Beth Morrison Projects will put on the recent opera by David T. Little and Bill Morrison with David Adam Moore in the lead role. This new opera has garnered strong praise and seems to be gaining some traction around the world. Performances are slated for April 5 and 6.

Les Enfants Terribles – Opera Omaha

On Friday and Sunday, audiences will get to check out the rare Philip Glass opera, which is part of Opera Omaha’s famed festival. David Bloom will conduct a production by James Darrah. Cast members include Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Adrian Kramer, Theo Hoffmann, and Vanessa Becerra.

Zelmira – Washington Concert Opera

Rossini’s rarely performed opera will get a showcase on Friday with a cast that includes Vivica Genaux, Lawrence Brownlee, Silvia Tro Santafé, Julius Ahn, Patrick Carfizzi, and Matthew Scollin.