Weekend Preview (International) – 2/17-19: Jose Cura Stars as Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ and Anna Netrebko Continues In ‘Il Trovatore’

By Francisco Salazar

It’s the weekend and that means there is a lot  to see around the world. For opera goers the houses will offer lots of Puccini, Verdi and Mozart. There will also be Rossini, Berg and Janáček for the most adventurous opera lovers. Check it out!


At the Wiener Staatsoper audiences will be able to hear two of the most popular Russian divas. On Friday Olga Peretyatko takes on the role of Adina in Otto Schenk’s classic production of “L’Elisir d’Amore.” The cast also stars Dmitry Korchak, Alessio Arduini and Adam Plachetka. On Saturday Anna Netrebko continues her run of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” with Roberto Alagna, Luciana D’Intino and Ludovic Tezier.


At the Vlaanderen Opera, the company will present Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” with Nicola Alaimo in the title role and Myrto Papatanasiu.


At the Opera de Paris Wagner’s “Lohengrin” continues with Stuart Skelton in the lead role and Edith Haller as Elsa. The company will also show its final performance of Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” and will continue its run of “The Magic Flute.”


At the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Strauss’ “Elektra” will continue its run with Nina Stemme in the lead role. Rossini’s “Semiramide” will also be shown with Joyce DiDonato in the title role alongside Alex Esposito and Lawrence Brownlee.

At the Staatsoper Berlin Puccini’s “Tosca” headlines the weekend with an all star cast that includes Liudmyla Monastyrska, Yonghoon Lee and Erwin Schrott with Domingo Hindoyan conducting.

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” is the only offering this weekend at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The cast includes Hui He in the lead role alongside Stefano Da Colla.

Yosep Kang leads Verdi’s “Rigoletto” at the Semperoper this weekend. Other than Verdi’s masterpiece, the company will stay clear of opera the rest of the weekend.

Barbara Hannigan and Anne Sofie von Otter lead a starry cast in Berg “Lulu” at the Hamburg State Opera. Kent Nagano conducts the acclaimed production by Christoph Marthaler.

The Deutsche Oper am Rhein will present Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with Gianluca Terranova in the lead role and Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” with Liana Aleksanyan.


At the Teatro alla Scala Verdi’s “Falstaff” continues its run with Ambrogio Maestri, Carmen Gianattasio and Francesco Demuro. The production is by Damiano Micheletto and is conducted by Zubin Mehta.

At the Teatro Regio di Torino Janáček’s “Katia Kabanova” will continue its run with Andrea Danková and Štefan Margita.

Meanwhile the Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Mariella Devia returns to Bellini’s “Norma” with John Osborn and Carmella Remigio.

Francesca Dotto stars in Teatro la Fenice’s “La Boheme” with Gioia Crepaldi alternating the title role. Laura Giordano and Rosanna Lo Greco star as Musetta while Matteo Lippi and Ivan Ayon Rivas alternate the role of Rodolfo.


At the Opera de Monte Carlo Jose Cura takes on the title role in Wagner’s “Tanhausser” with Annemarie Kremer as Elizabeth and Aude Extremo as Venus.


St. Petersburg audiences are in for a Verdi weekend as the company will present  “Un Ballo in Maschera” and “Don Carlo.” The company will also show Bizet’s “Carmen” to conclude the weekend.


Donizetii’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” and Cherubini’s “Medee” continue their runs at the Operanhaus Zurich.

United Kingdom

London audiences are in for a treat with the English National Opera‘s production of Vedi’s “Rigoletto” with Joshua Guerrero, Sydney Mancasola and Nicholas Pallesen. The company will also present Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Pirates of Penzance.”

Angela Gheorghiu headlines the weekend at the Royal Opera with Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” alongside Brian Jagde.