Weekend Preview (6/9-11) – USA: ‘La Bohème’ Opens at San Francisco Opera

By David Salazar

Another light weekend in North America’s Opera World with only a few companies putting on shows.

Opera Theater of Saint Louis continues its run of Gordon’s “The Grapes of Wrath” on Friday. The next day the company puts on Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito.” The company closes out the weekend with “Madama Butterfly.”

Portland Opera puts on its lone performance of Mitch Leigh’s “Man of La Mancha” on Friday as well.

Also on Friday is San Francisco Opera’s production of “Rigoletto” which stars Quinn Kelsey in the title role, Nino Machaidze as Gilda and Pene Pati as the Duke of Mantua. Nicola Luisotti leads the ensemble. On Saturday, the company puts on its first performance of Puccini’s “La Bohème” starring Arturo Chacón-Cruz and Erika Grimaldi in the lead roles of Mimì and Rodolfo. On Sunday the company puts on “Don Giovanni,” starring Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Erin Wall, Ana María Martinez, Erwin Schrott, Stanislas Barbeyrac, Sarah Shafer, Michael Sumuel and Andrea Silvestrelli.

Wichita Grand Opera presents Benjamin Britten’s “Noye’s Fludde” on Friday and Sunday.

The New York Opera Fest continues in full force with Opera Upper West putting on Glory Denied on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the Vertical Player Repertory puts on “Phaedra.”