Weekend Preview – International (2/24-2/26): Ailyn Perez, Francesco Meli and Leo Nucci Preview Verdi’s “La Traviata” Among Weekend Highlights

By Francisco Salazar

What are you seeing this weekend? Is it Verdi, Wagner, Mozart or more experimental composers like Jake Heggie and Kurt Weill? These are only some of the many composer’s the major theaters of the world will be showing this weekend.


The Wiener Staatsoper kicks off the weekend with two performances of “Die Zauberflöte” for kids, which is followed by a star-studded revival of Donizetti’s “L’Elsir d’Amore” with Olga Peretyatko and Dmitry Korchak. Alessio Arduini and Adam Plachetka round out the cast. The Sunday performance will also be live streamed for audiences around the world.

Czech Republic 

At the Prague National Theatre audiences are in for a treat with Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” starring Jana Sibera, Kateřina Kněžíková and Jaroslav Březina.


At the Royal Danish Opera Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” will be performed on Friday starring Johan Reuter, Hanne Fischer and Susanne Resmark. On Saturday Kurt Weill’s “The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny” will be performed with Resmark, Jens Christian Tvilum, Stephen Chaundy and Randi Stene.


At the Bayerische Staatsoper Rossini’s “Semiramide” will continue its run with Joyce DiDonato in the title role. Lawrence Brownlee, Daniela Barcellona and Alex Esposito round out the cast. For audiences who are unable to get into the sold performance, the company will present the work via LiveStream.

Anita Hartig, Piotr Beczala, Anna Samuil and Alfredo Daza make up the all star cast at the Berlin Staatsoper’s current production of Puccini’s “La Bohème.” The weekend will also include a revival of Wagner’s “Tannhauser” with  Burkhard Fritz, Anne Schwanewilms, Wolfgang Koch, Marina Prudenskaya, and René Pape.

The Semperoper will offer audiences Verdi’s “Otello” with Stephen Gould in the title role and Dorothea Röschmann as Desdemona and  Andrzej Dobber as Iago.

Barbara Hannigan and Anne Sophie Von Otter will continue their acclaimed fun of Berg’s “Lulu” at the Hamburg State Opera.


On Feb.  26, the management and the employees of Teatro alla Scala will offer a preview of Verdi’s masterpiece at half price to raise funds for the population affected by the earthquake in Center Italy. The opera will be conducted by Nello Santi and star Ailyn Pérez, Francesco Meli and Leo Nucci.

Francesca Dotto  and Gioia Crepaldi alternate the title role of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Teatro la Fenice.


At the Opera de Monte Carlo Jose Cura continues his acclaimed take on Wagner’s “Tannhauser.” The production also stars Annemarie Kremer and Aude Extrèmo.


David Alden brings his take of Britten’s “Billy Budd” to the Bolshoi theater. The opera will be shown twice during the weekend and it will include Iurii Samoilov in the title role and Gidon Saks and Claggart.

Meanwhile The Mariinsky Theater will show Verdi’s “Aida,” Giordano’s “Siberia” Wagner’s “Siegfried” and “Gotterdammerung” and Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra.”


The Teatro Real de Madrid continues its run of Deborah Warner’s production of Britten’s “Billy Budd.” The opera conducted by Ivor Bolton stars Jacques Imbrailo in the title role, Brindley Sherratt as Claggart and Toby Spence as Vere.

United Kingdom

At the Royal Opera House, Angela Gheorghiu continues her run of Cilea’s “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Brian Jagde. Daniel Oren conducts the star-studded cast.

The English National Opera continues its run of Jonathon Miller’s production of Verdi’s “Rigoletto” with Joshua Guerrero and Nicholas Pallesen in the title role.