Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (5/11-13): Lucas Meachem, Jennifer Rowley, Bernstein At the Core of Weekend Picks

By David Salazar

For this week’s top five picks we are sticking close to the East Coast with a number of revivals of popular operas and new productions. We also take a look at a Bernstein work that rarely gets a look.

Trouble in Tahiti – Boston Lyric Opera

As the Leonard Bernstein centennial continues, the BLO will showcase a production of his opera “Trouble in Tahiti.” Performances kick off May 11-13 with the program also showcasing “Arias & Barcarolles.” David Angus conducts the evening with Marcus DeLoach and Heather Johnson leading the cast.

Thaïs – Minnesota Opera

Massenet’s masterwork gets a rare performance in Minnesota, with the run kicking off on May 12. Kelly Kaduce stars alongside Lucas Meachem, who is a must-see in everything he does. Christopher Franklin conducts the production with Andrea Cigni directing.

Tosca – Philadelphia Orchestra

When he announced this concert, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin enthused about featuring Sonya Yoncheva in the title role as his “Dream Tosca.” The Bulgarian diva has since called out sick, but in her place is Jennifer Rowley, whose recent performance of “Tosca” at the Met garnered a stellar review from OperaWire, which noted, “ Jennifer Rowley exuded allure from the start, purring out the third ‘Mario!’ before her entrance in a way that spoke volumes of her relationship with Cavaradossi.”

She will be joined by Yusif Eyvazov as Cavaradossi and Ambrogio Maestri for what should be a stellar showcase all around. The performances kick off on May 12 and 13.

Aida – Regina Opera

As part of the New York Opera Fest, Regina Opera will stage Verdi’s grand opera for the first time in four decades. The New York Opera Fest is usually home to smaller and more intimate productions and it should be interesting to see how this translates with one of the biggest operas of all time. Performances kick off on May 12 and 13.

Rusalka – Resonance Works / Pittsburgh

For the first time in the city of Pittsburgh, Dvorak’s famed opera “Rusalka” will get a showcase. The work will be presented by Resonance Works on May 11 and 13 with a  cast that includes Rachele Schmiege, Stefan Barner, Michael Scarcelle, Laurel Semerdijan, and Natalie Polito, among others. Maria Sensi Sellner conducts and Andrew Nienaber directs the production.