Top 7 Opera To See This Weekend (1/26-28): Anna Netrebko, Elina Garanca & Juan Diego Florez Showcase Their Star Power

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend sees the return of three major superstars in the opera world to the stage. Anna Netrebko, Juan Diego Flórez, and Olga Peretyatko sing major roles while Leipzig will host a Puccini festival.

Puccini Weekend – Oper-Leipzig, Germany 

“Tosca,” “Turandot,” and “Madama Butterfly” will play over one weekend with superstar casts. First, up will be “Tosca” starring Gastón Rivero and Annemarie Kremer. Then on Saturday, audiences will experience Jennifer Wilson’s ‘Turandot” with Olena Tokar as Liù. Then on Sunday, Rivero and Sae Kyung Rim will join forces for “Madama Butterfly.”

“Die Fledermaus” – Teatro alla Scala, Italy 

La Scala brings a new production of Strauss’ masterful operetta. The production stars Eva Mei, Peter Sonn, Daniela Fally, and Markus Werba. Paolo Rossi plays the comic role of  Frosch while Heinz Spoerli choreographs the work. Cornelius Meister conducts the production by Cornelius Obonya.

Elina Garanca on Tour – Guadalajara, Mexico 

The mezzo-soprano concludes her tour in Mexico accompanied by the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco with Constantine Orbelían conducting. The program is slated to include works by Saint-Saens, Cilea, and some Zarzuela.

“Les Contes d’Hoffmann” – Opera de Monte-Carlo, Monaco 

Juan Diego Flórez and Olga Peretyatko join forces for Offenbach’s masterpiece. Both singers make role debuts in a production that also stars Nicolas Courja and Sophie Marilley. Jacques Lacombe conducts the work, which is also set to air on Mezzo on Jan. 31, 2018.

“Manon Lescaut” – Bolshoi Theatre, Russia 

Anna Netrebko returns to one of her iconic roles in a production she premiered last season. After announcing she would retire the role, this might be the last time audiences will see her in the work. She is joined by her husband Yusif Eyvazov and conductor Anton Grishanin.