Top 6 Operas to See This Weekend – International (6/29-7/1): Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko, & Angela Gheorghiu Lead Star-Studded Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

It’s a star-studded weekend. Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Sonya Yoncheva, Angela Gheorghiu, and many others perform around the world. Here is a look at what you cannot miss this weekend.

Nabucco – Prague National Theatre, Czech Republic

Jose Cura directs a new production of Verdi’s early work with Anda-Louise Bogza in the role of Abigaille and Miguelangelo Cavalcanti in the title role. Andreas Sebastian Weiser conducts the new production.

Il Viaggio a Reims – Deutsche Oper Berlin, Germany  

Elena Tsallagova, Annika Schlicht, Siobhan Stagg, Hulkar Sabirova, Gideon Poppe, David Portillo, Mikheil Kiria, Davide Luciano, Philipp Jekal, Dong-Hwan Lee, Sam Roberts-Smith, Juan de Dios Mateos, Alexandra Ionis,  Meechot Marrero, Davia Bouley, and Byung Gil Kim star in Rossini ensemble piece. The new production by Jan Boose is conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.

Parsifal – Bayerische Staatsoper, Germany 

Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Nina Stemme, Wolfgang Koch, and Christian Gerhaher lead a spectacular cast in Wagner’s final work. Pierre Audi directs the long-awaited new production with Kirill Petrenko conducting.

Macbeth – Berlin State Opera, Germany 

For those who might have missed the first performances and live stream of this new production, there will be two more chances to see Anna Netrebko and Plácido Domingo in Verdi’s early masterpiece. Daniel Barenboim conducts.

Il Pirata – Teatro alla Scala, Italy 

Sonya Yoncheva makes her long-awaited debut as Imogene in Bellini’s rarely performed work. The soprano sings a new production by Emilio Sagi with Riccardo Frizza conducting. Piero Pretti and Nicola Alaimo round out the all-star cast. The premiere on June 29, 2018 will be live broadcast on RAI-Radio 3, in Bulgaria and Serbia and a pre-recorded version will be available later.

Angela Gheorghiu In Concert – Teatro Real, Spain 

Angela Gheorghiu and Teodor Ilincai united for a program of arias and duos by Verdi, Puccini, and Cilea, among others. Ciprian Teodorascu conducts Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real.