Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (6/15-17): Cincinatti Opera, Minnesota Opera, IVAI Among Major Players

By David Salazar

As we dig deeper into the summer, we see many companies close their doors and other festivals open them. This weekend’s offerings are a mix of this very trend. Here are our top five picks in North America, in alphabetical order by company.

La Traviata – Cincinnati Opera

On Saturday night, audiences in Cincinnati can enjoy Verdi’s masterwork with Norah Amsellem in the title role, Ji-Min Park as Alfredo and Youngjoo An as his father Germont. Renato Balsadonna conducts a production directed by Linda Brovsky.

Opera Scenes & American Song – International Vocal Arts Institute

IVAI wraps up its New York slate of performances with two showcases on Friday and Saturday. Saturday will feature selected opera scenes by young artists with Friday’s performance dedicated to American song. All performances are free and take place at the Mannes School of Music.

Fellow Travelers – Minnesota Opera

Gregory Spears’ renowned opera gets a showcase in Minnesota starting on Saturday and Sunday. The production will star Andres Acosta, Hadleigh Adams, Adriana Zabala, Hye Jung Lee, Sidney Outlaw, Jasmine Habersham, and Andrew Wilkowske, among others.

Tosca – Opera on the Avalon

On Friday and Saturday, audiences at the Opera on the Avalon will get to enjoy Puccini’s “Tosca” with Chris Carr, Aviva Fortunata, and Neil Craighead in leading roles. Ann Hodges directs the opera with Judith Yan as Resident Conductor.

Women of Salt and Longing – Vertical Plater Repertory

For just one night (Friday, June 15), the Vertical Plater Repertory features mezzo-soprano Judith Barnes in performances of works by Messiaen, Monteverdi, and Bernstein. The performance will feature sculptures by the mezzo as well with Doug Han at the piano. The performance is part of the New York Opera Fest.