Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (6/1-3): ‘Brokeback Mountain’ & ‘An America Soldier’ Dominate Weekend

By David Salazar

With Memorial Day Weekend now past, more opera companies are back in business. This weekend’s offerings feature a wide range of repertoire, including two major continental premieres. Here are our recommendations (in alphabetical order by company).

La Favorita – New Amsterdam Opera

The New Amsterdam Opera showcases a rare performance of Donizetti’s “La Favorite,” which will be dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky. The performance landed as one of OperaWire’s major summer recommendations. The performance takes place on June 2, 2018.

Brokeback Mountain – New York City Opera

The famed opera gets its North American premiere with the New York City Opera. There will be performances on June 2 and 3, 2018, starring Daniel Okulitch, Glenn Seven Allen, Heather Buck, and Hilary Ginther.

The Thunder of Horses – Opera Fort Collins

The Colorado based company puts on its festival with a plethora of works, including a production of the relevant and timely “The Thunder of Horses,” which recounts the story of the Blackfoot people. The work will get three performances across Friday and Saturday.

An American Soldier – Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

The hotly anticipated world premiere of Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang’s opera takes place on Sunday, June 3, 2018. Andrew Stenson, Wayne Tigges, Mika Shigematsu, and Kathleen Kim star with Michal Christie as music director and Matthew Ozawa as stage director.

Orpheus and Eurydice – Seattle Opera

Starting on June 2, Seattle Opera will showcase and all-female creative team in Gluck’s famed opera. Hai-ting Chinn makes her Seattle Opera debut as Orpheus while Tess Altiveros playes Eurydice and Serena Eduljee stars as Amore, also in her company debuts. Kelly Kitchens directs while Lucy Tucker Yates conducts. The rest of the technical team, including choreographer, set designer, costume designer, and lighting designer, are all women.