Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (7/6-8): Francesca Zambello, Central City Opera, & Andy Warhol-Inspired ‘Bohème’ Lead Weekend

By David Salazar

It’s a busy weekend filled with a plethora of amazing choices for opera audiences around North America. The selections feature a wide-range of repertoire, from newer operas to classic repertory gems. Here are our top five for the weekend, in alphabetical order by company.

The Magic Flute – Central City Opera

The CCO opens its summer season with Mozart’s famed masterpiece on Saturday night. The production will star Jeni Houser, Kevin Langan, Joseph Dennis, Katherine Manley, and Ashraf Sewailam.

The Flying Dutchman – Cincinnati Opera

On Saturday night, audiences will get one last chance to see the early Wagner masterpiece in Cincinnati. The production will feature Jay Hunter Morris as Erik with Nathan Berg as the Dutchman and Marcy Stonikas as Senta.

West Side Story – Glimmerglass Festival

Is “West Side Story” an opera? Who cares? Leonard Bernstein’s famed work is a must-see anytime it appears on a major stage, and especially when directed by none other than Francesca Zambello. The production opens on Saturday.

La Bohème Warhola – Pittsburgh Festival Opera

On Friday and Saturday, Puccini’s classic masterpiece gets reimagined in 1960s New York. The work will be inspired and indebted to the work of Andy Warhol and will be showcased in English. As expected, the names of characters will be changed (Rodolfo becomes Rudolph). This should be interesting to experience, controversial as it might seem for purists.

Madama Butterfly – Sana Fé Opera

Last week we recommended “Candide” for Santa Fé’s offerings, but we didn’t overlook the Puccini gem which will feature a strong cast headlined by Kelly Kaduce, A.J. Glueckert, Megan Marino, and Soloman Howard. The opera will be showcased on Friday with this cast.