Top 6 Operas To See This Weekend – USA (10/5-7)

The Mile Long-Opera Coincides With Opening Night In Washington, Pittsburgh & Chicago

By David Salazar

We have another six offerings this week because a number of companies are getting their season started. You’ll see two world premieres among this week mixed in with some repertory favorites.

The Mile Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’Clock – The High Line

Looking for a unique experience in New York City? “The Mile-Long Opera” is probably going to be something unlike anything that you have ever seen before. And on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can be privy to 1,000 singers coming together on the High Line for a public engagement project that will undoubtedly change your view of opera forever.

Anna Christie – Encompass Opera Theatre

Another world premiere is set to take place in New York, reminding us that opera is thriving. While the world premiere for this opera by composer Edward Thomas and librettist Joseph Masteroff is set for Thursday, audiences will get a chance to check it out this Friday as well, with subsequent performances set for the 12, 19 and 21st, of October. Julian Wachner conducts an ensemble cast that includes Frank Basile, Melanie Long, Johnathan Estabrooks, Joy Hermalyn, and Mike Pirozzi.

La Bohème – Lyric Opera of Chicago

The Lyric Opera of Chicago opens its new season with Michael Fabiano, Maria Agresta, Danielle De Niese, and Zachary Nelson, among others. That starry cast alone is enough reason to revisit this perennial classic.

In the Penal Colony – Opera Parallèle

Opera Parallèle opens its season with the Philip Glass work, giving a unique bit of counterprogramming to the more traditional works on display this weekend. Performances are set for Friday and Sunday. The cast includes Javier Abreu, Michael Mohammed, and Robert Orth.

Madama Butterfly – Pittsburgh Opera

Pittsburgh Opera also opens its season with Dina Kuznetsova in the starring role. Michael Mayes and Cody Austin also appear among the cast members in Puccini’s famed masterwork. The run kicks off on Saturday evening.

La Traviata – Washington National Opera

Finally, the Washington National Opera also opens its season with Verdi’s famed opera. This cast features the debuts of such artists Venera Gimadieva and Joshua Guerrero. Lucas Meachem will provide the star power in the cast as Germont. Renato Palumbo conducts a new production by Francesca Zambello. It all kicks off on Saturday evening!