Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend – USA (3/15-17)

Erin Wall, ‘Frida,’ & ‘The Fix’ Dominate Weekend

By David Salazar

You have an opera about baseball. Two Spanish operas, including one about Mexico’s greatest artist. Then there’s a timely Britten work followed by a singer making her way back onstage after a grueling battle with cancer. These are the top five operas to see this weekend (in alphabetical order by company).

The Rape of Lucretia – Boston Lyric Opera

Britten’s timely work will get performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with Kelly O’Connor in the title role and Duncan Rock as the man who violates her. David Angus conducts.

Frida – Florida Grand Opera

Catalina Cuervo stars in a role that she has dominated in recent years, performing alongside Ricardo Herrera in his FGO debut. The opera by Robert Xavier Rodriguez will have its opening on Saturday, followed by a performance the following day. Admirers of the great Mexican artist will undeniably find a lot to love here.

The Fix – Minnesota Opera

Sports fans and opera fans will get a chance to mingle in this production of the Joel Puckett and Eric Simonson opera, which was commissioned by Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative and tells the story of how the 1919 World Series was fixed. The opening night performance on Saturday will feature a cast that includes Joshua Dennis, Kelly Markgraf, Wei Wu, and Jasmine Habersham.

Florencia en el Amazonas – Pensacola Opera

For just two nights (March 15 and 17), audiences will get a chance to check out one of the great operas in recent history. Soprano Elizabeth Caballero, one of the foremost interpreters of the title role, will headline a cast that also includes Luis Alejandra Orozco, Evelyn Saavedra, Andres Acosta, and Corey Crider. Christina Pezzarossi and Corey Gaudreau round out the ensemble, which will be conducted by Cody Martin.

Faust – Washington National Opera

Marcelo Puente stars in the title role while Raymond Aceto plays the devil himself. However, the big story here is Erin Wall, who will play the role of Marguerite. The soprano had stopped performing for a year due to her battle with cancer and has slowly found her way back into major productions. That alone is something worth celebrating and experiencing. Performances kick off on Friday and Sunday.