Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (9/14-16)

It’s All About Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Floyd

By David Salazar

The opera season is starting to get back into business in North America, making for a lot of interesting productions set to take the stage. This week’s installment features works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and Floyd. Here we go (ranked in alphabetical order).

“La Bohème” – Indianapolis Opera

Puccini’s beloved masterwork kickstarts the Indianapolis opera’s 2018-19 season with three performances across the weekend. The showcase, which takes place at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana will feature Gregory Turay as Rodolfo and Cristina Bakhoum Sanchez as Mimì.

“Susanna” –Lighthouse Opera Company

Carlisle Floyd’s great opera gets a production in the Bronx with a performance on Saturday the 15th. The opera doesn’t get as many performances as it likely deserves, which makes any chance to see it a golden opportunity.

“La Fanciulla Del West” – Maryland Lyric Opera

Puccini’s masterwork gets a rare performance in Maryland in a production led by sopranos Susan Bullock and Elizabeth Blanke-Biggs on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Performances take place at The Music Center at Strathmore.

“Rigoletto” – Opéra de Montréal

Baritone James Westman, soprano Myriam Leblanc, and famed tenor René Barbera take on the iconic roles in Verdi’s middle-period masterwork in a production by Robert Dahlstrom and conducted by Carlo Montanaro. Audiences can check out this solid cast in this great opera on Saturday evening.

“The Abduction of the Seraglio” – Opera San Jose

On Saturday and Sunday, Mozart’s German masterwork kicks off Opera San Jose’s 2018-19 season. The cast includes Rebecca Davis, Katrina Galka, Matthew Grills, Ashraf Sewailam, Michael Dailey, and Nathan Stark. George Manahan conducts a production directed by Michael Shell.