Weekend Preview (3/17-19) – USA: LoftOpera, Florida Grand & Boston Theater Return To The Stage

By David Salazar

LoftOpera has made a statement over the past few years, establishing itself as the best of independent opera on the East Coast. The company makes its big return this weekend with a performance of Rossini’s “Otello.”

The company, which managed a huge success in the winter with Verdi’s “Macbeth,” reopened its doors on Thursday, its second performance coming on Saturday at the LightSpace Studios in Brooklyn.

The Florida Grand Opera also returns to the stage with a production of Jorge Martín’s “Before Night Falls,” starting on Saturday night. There will also be a performance on Sunday afternoon.

The Boston Theater will also showcase the final few performances of “The Rake’s Progress” at the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Meanwhile over in Dallas, the Dallas Opera continues its run of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with a performance on Saturday night. Hui He stars in the leading roll with Gianluca Terranova, Lucas Meachem and Manuela Custer rounding out the cast. Donato Renzetti conducts.

On Saturday and Sunday the Minnesota Opera concludes its run of its new production of “Dinner at Eight” directed by Tomer Zvulun. William Bolcom conducts his own opera with a cast that includes Mary Dunleavy, Brenda Harris and Stephen Powell among others.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago showcases “Eugene Onegin” on Friday with Ana María Martinez, Mariusz Kwiecien, Charles Castronuovo and Alisa Kolosova. The following Sunday, audiences will get a shot to see “Carmen” starring Brandon Jovanovich and Anita Rachvelishvili.

Over in Opera Naples will be a showcase concert from Renata Scotto’s Opera Program on Sunday.

As was the case last weekend, the Metropolitan Opera will feature “Idomeneo” on Friday evening followed by Saturday performances of Verdi’s “La Traviata” and Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.” However, this weekend the Gounod work will take over the matinee slot with the Verdi masterpiece occupying the evening place.