Top 6 Operas To See This Weekend – North America (11/2-4)

Experiments In Opera Showcases New Vocal Works

By David Salazar

Like last week’s list, you’ll see a lot of classic works up for recommendation. But you’ll also see a showcase featuring brand new vocal works. Let’s dig in (in alphabetical order by company).

Modularis – Experiments in Opera

On Friday and Saturday, this unique company will showcase four new works for voice and modular synthesizer. Even if modern opera isn’t your thing, Experiments in Opera is always searching for new ways to break the mold and the performances are usually unique experiences. It’s worth giving a shot. You’ll come out quite surprised by what you get.

Siegfried – Lyric Opera of Chicago

An opera from Wagner’s “Ring?” We’re there. Saturday is the night to set aside for a cast that features Christine Goerke, Burkhard Fritz, Matthias Klink, and Eric Owens, among others. Sir Andrew Davis conducts the third installment in the famed tetralogy.

Hansel and Gretel – Indiana University Opera & Pittsburgh Opera

As far as quality goes, Indiana University’s opera program is really putting together some high-quality performances, which is what makes the company of special interest. Humperdinck’s opera is always of major interest and with performances all through the weekend, it’s hard not to recommend. The opera will also be playing at the Pittsburgh Opera for those on the East Coast, with the company’s first performance slated for Saturday. Antony Walker conducts.

Arabella – San Francisco Opera

On Saturday night, audiences will get one last chance to check out Strauss’ “Arabella” with a star cast that includes Ellie Dehn, Heidi Stober, and Brian Mulligan. Its gorgeous music is a rather rare encounter with most opera companies, making it essential viewing and listening experience when the opportunity to see it presents itself.

La Traviata – Portland Opera

The Portland Opera kicks off its season with Verdi’s middle-period masterwork. Performances on Friday and Sunday star Aurelia Florian and Jonathan Boyd, with Weston Hurt as Germont. Christopher Larkin conducts a production directed by Elise Sandell.