Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (7/27-29): ‘As One,’ ‘Fidelio’ Lead Slate of Classic Operas

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.

Candide – Chautauqua Opera

It’s Bernstein’s year, which means that “Candide” has been around quite a few times this season. But the work is such fun that it simply makes the cut almost anytime it gets a showcase. Chautauqua will showcase it on Friday afternoon. Leann Sandel-Pantaleo, and Roberth Orth star. 

As One – Cincinnati Opera

With performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Laura Kaminsky’s “As One” gets yet another revival as it continues its strong run around the United States. Starring Matthew Worth and Amber Fasquelle, the work will be one you can’t miss.

Fidelio – Glow Lyric Theatre 

The final production in Glow Lyric Theatre’s summer slate, Beethoven’s “Fidelio” will kick off its series of performances on Friday night.

Ariadne Auf Naxos – Santa Fe Opera 

The last of the operas to premiere at the Santa Fe Opera this summer, Strauss’ masterwork will feature Amanda Echalaz, Amanda Majeski, Bruce Sledge, and Liv Redpath, among others. Performances start on Saturday.

Nabucco – Union Avenue Opera 

Verdi’s early masterpiece gets a revival on Friday and Saturday. The production will be directed by Mark Freiman with Stephen Hargreaves conducting. This is a vocal feast filled with incredible music for all of its soloists.