Top 5 Operas to See This Weekend – North America (Feb. 2-4): Lyric Opera of Chicago & Others Showcase Classic Repertory Staples

By David Salazar

The opera world continues to showcase more and more around the continent and this week’s recommendations stretch around the US and Canada, with the focus solely on staples of the operatic canon. If last week’s emphasis on the modern was too much for the more conservative opera goer, then this week will offer a “palette cleanser” of sorts.

I Puritani – Lyric Opera of Chicago

Albina Shagimuratova and Lawrence Brownlee appear as star-crossed lovers in Bellini’s final masterwork. The opera also features Anthony Clark Evans as Riccardo and is conducted by Enrique Mazzola. Eric Einhorn directs the revival, which opens on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Eugene Onegin – Calgary Opera

On Feb. 3, 2018, the Calgary Opera opens a production of Tchaikovsky’s perennial masterwork, starring Lara Ciekiewicz as Tatyana, Adam Luther as Lensky, and Philip Addis as Onegin. The opera also features Timothy Vernon in the pit.

Aida – Opera Columbus

Opera Columbus presents a concert performance of Verdi’s masterwork on Feb. 2 and 4, which is set to include cameos from the Columbus Zoo’s animals. Check out the preview video below.

Michelle Johnson, Marc Heller, Laura Tucker, and Brian Major lead the cast.

L’Italiana in Algeri – Opera Memphis

On Friday and Saturday, Opera Memphis showcases Rossini’s comedy with a cast that includes Nikola Printz, Norman Shankle, Reginald Smith Jr., Jeffrey Beruan, Chelsea Miller, Mary Jane Claassen, and Stephen Len White.

The Barber of Seville – Opera Tampa 

For just two nights, Opera Tampa showcases Rossini’s famous masterpiece with a cast that includes Gabriel Preisser as Figaro, Cecilia Violetta López as Rosina, and Tyler Nelson as Almaviva.