Wallis Giunta, Paolo Fanale, Andrea Carroll Headline Top 6 Operas To See This Weekend – North America

By David Salazar

This weekend is packed with so much opera that we had to make an exception and add in one extra recommendation for fans around North America.

Don Giovanni – Bare Opera, New York

Malena Dayen is set to bring a unique angle to Mozart and Da Ponte’s classic, using video cameras attached to performers that will allow unique perspectives of the different characters in the story. The opera will star Suchan Kim, Liana Guberman, Laura Leon, Brace Negron, Sarah Hayashi, Pavel Suliandziga, and Paul An. Performances are set for Oct. 18-20 in New York City.

The Magic Flute – Dallas Opera, Texas

Dallas Opera’s season kickstarts with the Mozart classic led by Maestro Emmanuel Villaume. The cast is fantastic, featuring Andrea Carroll, Paolo Fanale, Jeni Houser, Morris Robinson, Sean Michael Plumb, Samantha Hankey, Diana Newman, Hannah Ludwig, Brian Frutiger, Abigail Rethwisch, and David Pittsinger. Performances start on Friday and Sunday.

Rigoletto – Houston Grand Opera, Texas

Houston Grand Opera also opens its season with a production of Verdi’s classic as directed by Tomer Zvulun. Jordan de Souza debuts at the podium with baritone Michael Mayes also making his first appearance with the company, in the title role. Arturo Chacón-Cruz stars alongside up-and-coming soprano Mané Galoyan. Performances start on Friday and Sunday.

El Barbero de Sevilla – New Camerata Opera, New York.

In a world where zarzuela remains a rarity in the U.S., it is always exciting to see a company take on a work like “El Barbero de Sevilla” for its season-opening production. That’s the risk that New Camerata is willing to take and the company has assembled a top team led by Pablo Zinger. Anna Tonna, María Brea, Caroline Tye lead the cast. Performances are set for Friday through Sunday at Teatro LATEA.

Ali Baba – Opera Southwest, New Mexico

On Sunday, Opera Southwest will restore this rare work by Giovanni Bottesini. The cast includes Ashraf Sewailam, Monica Yunus, Christopher Bozeka, Kevin Thompson, Darren Stokes, and Laurel Semerdijan. Anthony Barrese conducts. This work has not been heard in over one century, so it is undeniably a rare opportunity that must be taken.

La Cenerentola – Seattle Opera, Washington

Wallis Giunta makes her company debut in the Rossini classic on Sunday, alternating with Ginger Costa-Jackson, who opens the production a day earlier. If that wasn’t enough, this production also boasts Michele Angelini and Matthew Grills as Don Ramiro.