Weekend Preview – International (1/13-1/15): Daniela Fally and Juan Diego Florez Perform ‘La Sonnambula’ while Ludovic Tezier Gives a Recital

By Francisco Salazar

This weekend many of the international opera houses are back in session and so are many of the stars. Juan Diego Florez will be in Vienna while Yonghoon Lee will be premiering Don Carlo in Munich. Renee Fleming, Anna Smirnova and Ludovic Tezier will also be performing


The Vienna State Opera kicks off its weekend with a star studded Bellini’s “la Sonnambula” featuring Juan Diego Florez and last week’s Artist of the Week Daniela Fally. Luca Pisaroni will also star and the performance will be live streamed as part of the companies Live Stream series.

The following day the company will present Puccini’s masterpiece “La Fanciulla del West” with tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko and Emily Magee in the title role. The weekend is capped by Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” with Camilla Nylund and Klaus Forian Vogt.


At the Vlaamse Opera the company will present a production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” with tenor Kenneth Tarver. The cast will be rounded out by Ante Jerkunica as Sarastro, Hulkar Sabirova as the Queen of the Night and Lore Binon as Pamina.


At the Copenhagen Opera House the company will present Weill’s masterpiece the “Rise and Fall of Mahagonny” in a production by Graham Vick.


At the Paris National Opera, Ludovic Tezier will give a recital of music by Scubert, Schumann, Ibert, Berlioz and Faure. The concert will be on Saturday the 15.


At the Bayerische Staatsoper audiences will catch two sold out shows. The first is Bizet’s “Carmen” starring rising star Brian Jagde and Kate Aldrich. On Sunday the company will present Verdi’s “Don Carlo with Yonghoon Lee, Ildar Abdrazakov, Tamara Wilson and Nadia Krasteva.

At the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the weekend kicks off with Strauss’ “Salome.” Leading the cast is Alison Oakes in Claus Guth’s acclaimed production. The production will be followed by Verdi’s “Nabucco.” The early masterpiece will be sung by Anna Smirnova in the role of Abigaille and Dalibor Jenis in the title role.

The weekend ends with Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” starring Davide Luciano in the title role.

At the Berlin Staatoper, Purcell’s “King Arthur” will open with Anett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen and Johannes Weisser.


At the Teatro Regio di Torino Davinia Rodriguez will continue her acclaimed performances as Nedda alongside Francesco Anile’s Canio. Nicola Luisotti leads orchestra in Leoncavallo’s masterpiece “Pagliacci.”

The Teatro Communale di Bologna will see Michele Mariotti lead Alessandra Marianelli, Raffaella Lupinacci, Alessandro Luciano, Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani, and Michele Pertusi in Schubert’s Messa n.6 in Mi bemolle maggiore, D 950.


At the Royal Opera Muscat, Placido Domingo will conduct a concert featuring the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra featuring the first piano concerto by Tchailkovsky with the exceptionally talented pianist, Beatrice Rana.


At the Marrinsky Theatre Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” will kick off the weekend with Tatiana Serjan and will be followed by a new production of Bizet’s beloved masterpiece “Carmen.”

At the Bolshoi Theatre Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro with be presented with an all Russian cast.


In Barcelona Massenet’s “Werther” will premiere with an all star cast. Anna Caterina Antonacci will star in the role of Charlotte while Piotr Beczala will star in the title role. The opera will be conducted Alain Altinoglu in Willy Decker’s production.

United Kingdom

At the Royal Opera George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin” will return to the stage for the opera’s first revival. The weekend will continue with a sold out show of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with superstar Renee Fleming and Alice Coote. The new production is by Robert Carsen and has been receiving rave reviews.