Triple Tosca Among Top 5 Operas To See This Weekend International

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend is here and it’s an interesting one. Two of the works we recommend feature some of the most acclaimed singers in the world and then there is a “Tosca” marathon with three of the greatest interpreters performing the role in Dresden, London, and Barcelona.

Manon – Wiener Staatsoper, Austria

Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze continue their first run of “Manon.” The two are making their stage role debuts in a revival of Andrei Serban’s production. Frédéric Chaslin conducts the production, which also stars Adrian Eröd and Michael Laurenz.

Nabucco – Semperoper Dresden, Germany

Plácido Domingo sings the title role in Verdi early masterpiece in a new production by David Bösch. He is joined by Saioa Hernandez, who received critical acclaim for the production in her German, role and company debut and who is coming off an unexpected Royal Opera House debut. Rounding out the cast is Massimo Giordano, Vitalij Kowaljow, and Christa Mayer. Omer Meir Wellber conducts.

Tosca – Semperoper Dresden, Germany

Angela Gheorghiu sings her final performance of “Tosca” at the Dresden theater. For audiences this is a rare opportunity to see the legendary soprano in one of her signature roles. Acclaimed tenor Riccardo Massi joins the soprano with bass-baritone John Lundgren. Stefano Ranzani conducts  Johannes Schaaf classic production.

Tosca – Gran Teatre del Liceu, Spain

Jonathan Tetelman makes his Liceu debut in the role of Cavaradossi. He will be joined by acclaimed Russian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. They will work alongside Erwin Schrott, who has made Scarpia a signature and conductor John Fiore. The production is by Paco Azorín.

Tosca – Royal Opera House, U.K

Kristine Opolais brings her acclaimed “Tosca” to the Royal Opera House alongside Vittorio Girgolo, who she first performed with at the Metropolitan Opera. The two are joined by Bryn Terfel, whose Scarpia is one of his signature roles. Alexander Joel conducts Jonathan Kent’s classic production.