Top Operas to See These Holiday Weekends (12/21-31)

It’s Almost All About ‘La Bohème’ & Metropolitan Opera

By David Salazar

So this weekend’s preview will really account for two weekend’s worth as the final days of 2018 will only feature opera at a very small number of companies.

The Pacific Opera Project (POP) will bring its run of Puccini’s “La Bohème” to an end on Dec. 21 and 22.

Meanwhile, Amore Opera’s own season-opening production of “La Bohème” will come to the forefront on Dec. 21 and 22 and will showcase additional performances the following weekend on the 28th, 29th, and 30th. For those interested in spending New Years at the opera, the company will present its final performance of the Puccini opera in a gala showcase.

Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Opera will showcase the same rotation of operas from previous weeks.

The only new addition will be the English version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” which will star Erin Morley, Kathryn Lewek, Ben Bliss, Nathan Gunn, and Morris Robinson. Harry Bicket will conduct.

Weekend performances for that opera will be on the 22nd (in the evening) and on the 29th (in the afternoon).

You could look ahead to the New Year’s Eve gala, which will feature Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala in “Adriana Lecouvreur” in a new production by David McVicar, or you could turn your attention to the other Verdi heavy-hitters that are still running for a few more weeks.

“Otello,” which features conductor Gustavo Dudamel and soprano Sonya Yoncheva, plays on both Friday, Dec. 21 and 28. Meanwhile “La Traviata,” headlined by Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey will be featured on the two Saturdays, alternating its evening and afternoon time slots with “The Magic Flute.” For those keeping track, “La Traviata” will play in a matinee slot on the 22nd and an even one on the 29th.