Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (6/22-24): Gordon Getty’s Horror Double Bill Leads Solid Weekend

By David Salazar

This weekend is going to be packed with some really fun productions from around the country. A few horror operas will be showcased on the west coast while out east, you can preview two classic Italian comedies. Here are our top five picks in alphabetical order by company.

L’Incoronozione di Poppea – Cincinnati Opera

Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sarah Shafer, Sarah Mesko, Melissa Harvey, and Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen star in the Monteverdi classic. Performances kicked off on Thursday, but there is one slated for Saturday night.

Rusalka & Die Fledermaus – Des Moines Metro Opera

One of the finest opera festivals of the summer showcases two staples of the repertoire to kick off its season. “Die Fledermaus” features Susannah Biller, David Pershall, and Anna Christy, among others while “Rusalka” stars Sara Gartland, Evan LeRoy Johnson, Jill Grove, and Zachary James. “Rusalka” kicks off on Friday with “Fledermaus” slated for performances on Saturday and Sunday.

Scare Pair: Usher House & The Canterville Ghost – LA Opera

The LA Opera’s Broad Stage is ready to provide some horror for opera fans with the double bill of tales by Edgar Allen Poe tale and Oscar Wilde on Friday and Sunday. The works are written and composed by Gordon Getty with the cast including Dominic Armstrong, Jessica Ann Best, and Matthew Burns, among others.

Don Giovanni – Lyric Opera of the North

The famed Mozart opera gets a performance on Friday and Sunday in a production set during the 1930s in Hollywood. That alone makes this an intriguing performance with a cast that includes Calland Metts, Vicki Finglason, Sarah Lawrence, Erin Persick, and Gennard Lombardozzi, among others.

An Afternoon of Opera Highlights – The Martina Arroyo Foundation

The famed organization showcases a performance featuring music from Verdi’s “Falstaff” and Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale.” The event, which is part of the New York Opera Fest’s closing weekend, features young artists of the Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance program. The performance kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday after.