Weekend Preview – International (1/20-1/22): Juan Diego Florez and Aida Garifullina Team Up while Jonas Kaufmann Perform’s ‘Lohengrin’

By Francisco Salazar

Do you have any plans this weekend? If not the world’s greatest singers are currently on stage all over Europe and you may have a chance to catch them singing a great opera.


The weekend kicks off at the Vienna state Opera  with Korngold’s “Die Tote Stadt” with Klaus Florian Vogt, Camilla Nylund and Adrian Erod. Mikko Franck conducts the performance which concludes the run at the company.

On Saturday the company continues its run of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla de West” with Aleksandrs Antonenko and Emily Magee. The opera is conducted by Marco Armiliato.

The weekend concludes with a special presentation of the new production of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore” featuring Anna Netrebko. That night Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” will be revived with Aida Garifullina and Juan Diego Florez as the star crossed lovers with Placido Domingo in the pit.


At the Copenhagen Royal Opera, the company will present Puccini’s “La Boheme” with Maria Luigia Borsi in the title role. Peter Lodahl will sing the role of Rodolfo and Ivana Rusko will take on Musetta.


After a successful return to Opera, Jonas Kaufmann continues a run of Wagner’s “Lohengrin” alongside Martina Serafin and Rene Pape. Evelyn Herlitzius also performs and Philippe Jordan conducts the Opera National de Paris Orchestra.


At the Bayerische Staatsoper, the company will present Miroslav Srnka’s “South Pole” with Thomas Hampson and Mojca Erdmann. The run marks the first revival of the new opera, which had its world premiere last season.

The company will also continue a run of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with Yonghoon Lee, Ildar Abdrazakov, Tamara Wilson, Nadia Krasteva and Gunther Groissbock.

At the Deutsche Opera Berlin Strauss’ “Salome” will kick off the weekend. Allison Oakes continues her acclaimed portrayal.

The last offering of the weekend is Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni” with Davide Luciano in the title and Laura Aikin as Donna Anna.

At the Berlin Staatsoper, Purcell’s “King Arthur” will be performed two final times with Anett Fritsch, Robin Johannsen, Johannes Weisser, Stephan Rügamer.

In Dresden the Semperoper will present Weber’s “Der Freischutz” and Wagner’s ‘Siegfried with Stephen Gould and Nina Stemme. Christian Thielemann conducts the third installment of the Ring Cycle.


The Teatro alla Scala will see the return of Riccardo Muti conducting two back to back concerts and at the end of the weekend Verdi’s “Don Carlo” will be shown with Francesco Meli in the title role and Krassimira Stoyanova portraying Elisabetta. Ekaterina Semenchuck and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the starry cast.

In the Teatro Regio di Torino the final performances of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” will be conducted by Nicola Luisotti with Erika Grimaldi and Fabio Sartori starring.

At the Teatro Communale di Bologna the new production of Mozart’s “The Abduction of the Seraglio” will premiere with Cornelia Goetz as Kostanze and Bernard Berchtold as Belmonte.

Meanwhile at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” will continue in Graham Vick’s New production.

At the Teatro la Fenice, Wagner’s “Tanhauser” will be presented with Stefan Vinke in the title role and Liene Kinča as Elisabeth.


At the Monte Carlo opera Massenet’s “Manon” will have its premiere with Anne-Catherine Gillet in the title role and Jean-Francois Borras as Des Grieux. The opera will be conducted by Alain Guingal.


At the Marrinsky Theatre audiences will have the opportunity to see Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta,” Borodin’s “Prince Igor” with Yevgeny Nikitin or Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Meanwhile at the Bolshoi Theatre, Thaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” will be performed with an all Russian cast.


At the Bilbao Opera our Artist of the Week Angela Meade makes her anticipated role debut as Lina in Verdi’s “Stiffelio.” Roberto Aronica will sing the title role and Francisco Ivan Ciampa will conduct.