Weekend Preview (5/19-21) – North America: This Is Your Last Chance for Adrianne Pieczonka’s ‘Tosca,’ Nicole Cabell’s ‘Bohème’ & Numerous Other Productions

By David Salazar

The Metropolitan Opera season may be over, but a lot of other opera companies remain open for business. Sadly this weekend represents a great number of goodbyes for the time being. If you want opera, here are the companies to look up during the weekend.

The Canadian Opera Company is finishing up its run of Puccini’s “Tosca” on Friday and Saturday with Adrianne Pieczonka and Keri Alkema in the lead roles.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago will also conclude its lengthy run of “My Fair Lady” with three performances from Friday through Sunday. The same goes for Seattle Opera, which closes its run of “The Magic Flute” on Friday and Saturday. The production features Randall Bills and Andrew Stenson as Tamino, Lauren Snouffer and Amanda Forsythe as Pamina and Christina Poulitsi as the Queen of the Night among others.

Minnesota Opera is also ending its run of “La Bohème” with showcases on Saturday and Sunday.

Long Beach Opera also closes its run of “As One” on Saturday and Sunday while Alamo City Opera puts on a production of “La Hija de Rappaccini” by Daniel Catán. That production is slated to take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The Utah Symphony and Utah Opera give their final performances of “Don Giovanni” on Friday and Sunday while the Washington National Opera also says goodbye to a lengthy run of “Madama Butterfly” on Friday and Saturday.

But it isn’t all goodbye.

Those looking for a new production can turn their eyes toward the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis which will open its production of “Madama Butterfly” with Rena Harms in the title role. The opening night is slated for Saturday, May 20, with seven performances to follow.

Meanwhile, the New York Opera Fest remains in full swing. Light Opera of New York, New Opera NYC and Rhymes with Opera will all give performances on Friday and Saturday. Regina Opera’s production of “The Elixir of Love” arrives on Saturday as does Heartbeat Opera’s adaptations of “Carmen” and “Butterfly.” Heartbeat and Regina Opera will reprise their performances the following day, as will New Opera NYC. Sunday will also be the day that Sign & Sing showcases its program for the hard of hearing, deaf and hearing communities.