Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (5/4-6): Sondra Radvanovsky, Daniela Mack, & Leah Crocetto Among Major Stars To See

By David Salazar

It’s a wild weekend around North America with many major companies winding down and others getting started. The New York Opera Fest is in full swing this weekend and you can be sure that there are some major recommendations to be had there.

So here is our list of operas to see this weekend.

Anna Bolena – Canadian Opera Company

When Sondra Radvanovksy sings, we listen. And the soprano will be taking on her iconic portrayal of “Anna Bolena” to Canada. She has shown herself to be the queen of this bel canto repertoire and there is simply no reason to wonder how this showcase will wind up. This weekend’s performance kicks off on Saturday night and features a cast that includes Christian Van Horn, and Bruce Sledge. Corrado Rovaris conducts.

Tabula Rasa – The Cantanti Project

The New York Opera Fest is set to feature a number of major world premieres and the very first of these is “Tabula Rasa,” written by Brittany Goodwin with music by Felix Jarrar. The opera, which tells the tale of the romance between Kiki de Montparnasse and the artist Man Ray, stars Sara Lin Yoder, Frank Fainer, Rebecca Richardson, Eugenia Forteza, Petra Jarrar, Allison Gish, Liz Bouk, Geoff Pictor, Kelsey Mogensen, Marques Hollie and Walter F. Rodríguez. The world premiere takes place on May 4 with a subsequent showcase this weekend on the fifth.

Don Giovanni & Fidelio – Heartbeat Opera

Another major event at the New York Opera Fest this weekend are the productions of “Fidelio” and “Don Giovanni” from the ground-breaking Heartbeat Opera. The company will be showcasing unique perspectives on the two classic works that fit into our modern times; “Don Giovanni” gets performances on Friday and Sunday, while “Fidelio” gets showcases on Saturday and Sunday.

Carmen – Opera Philadelphia

Daniela Mack closes out the final two performances of Opera Philadelphia’s 2017-18 season as the famed gypsy with Evan LeRoy Johnson taking on Don José and Adrian Timpau as Escamillo. Performances are slated for Friday and Sunday.

Aida – Seattle Opera

Leah Crocetto kicks off “Aida” at Seattle Opera on Saturday night with Alexandra Lobianco taking over the lead role the following day. They are joined by a cast that features Milijana Nikolic and Elena Gabouri as Amneris, Brian Jagde and David Pomeroy as Radamès, Gordon Hawkins and Alfred Walker as Amonasro, and Daniel Sumegi as Ramfis. Clayton Brainerd plays the King of Egypt and John Fiore conducts the run.