Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (7/20-22)

Pink Floyd-Inspired ‘Another Brick on the Wall’ Dominates Weekend Full of Gems

By David Salazar

As July nears its end, we find new companies starting to open their doors to new productions. Meanwhile some of the mainstays of the last few weekends continue to offer up productions that are simply too good to overlook. Here are our top five picks for the weekend, in alphabetical order by company.

Another Brick in the Wall – Cincinnati Opera

The opera, based on Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” will get its U.S. Premiere on Friday and Saturday in a production starring Nathan Keoghan, France Bellemare, Carline Bleau, and Reilly Nelson.

HMS Pinafote – Glow Lyric Theatre

Starting Friday, the Glow Lyric Theatre is back with a production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta. The production is the first of three for the company, which will culminate in Beethoven’s “Fidelio.”

Arabella – Pittsburgh Festival Opera

For just two nights, Friday and Sunday, one of the most unique festivals in the US will present one of Strauss’ most intimate works in a production sung in English. Melinda Whittington and Andrew Cummings star as the star-crossed lovers.

La Cenerentola – Portland Opera

In its second weekend, the Rossini classic gets a showcase on Saturday with a cast that includes Kate Farrar, Alasdair Kent, Ryan Thorn, Eduardo Chama, Helen Huang, Laura Beckel Thoreson, and Daniel Mobbs, among others. Carolyn Kuan conducts.

L’Italiana in Algeri – Santa Fe Opera

Santa Fe brings back another Rossini classic starring Daniela Mack, Jack Swanson, Soctt Conner, Suzanne Hendrix, Patrick Carfizzi, and Craig Verm. Performances kick off on Saturday evening.