Weekend Preview – International (4/14-16): Edita Gruberova And Eleonora Buratto Lead Easter Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

Easter Weekend is upon us and the opera companies around the world are doing their utmost to bring people to the theater. Here is a look at the things going around in the international opera scene.


Reiman’s “Medea” opens the weekend on Saturday at the Vienna State Opera with Claudia Barainsky, Stephanie Houtzeel, Monika Bohinec, Norbert Ernst, Adrian Eröd and Daichi Fujiki leading the cast. On Sunday Semyon Bychkov leads Wagner’s “Parsifal” with Gerald Finley, Kwangchul Youn, Christopher Ventris, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and Nina Stemme. Friday will be observed for the holiday.

Czech Republic 

At the Prague National Opera, audiences are in for Verdi’s “Macbeth,” Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” and  Verdi’s “La Traviata.”  


The Opera de Paris gives its final performance of Bizet’s “Carmen” and opens a new production of Rimsky Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden” starring rising star Aida Garifullina and Martina Serafin. Elena Manistina rounds out the cast.


Edita Gruberova returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper in her signature role as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s ‘Roberto Devereux.” Charles Castronovo also stars. The company will also show Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” with Christopher Maltman and Tarra Erraught.

At the Staatsoper Berlin, Strauss’ “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” concludes the Easter Festival with Burkhard Fritz, Camilla Nylund, Iréne Theorin, Wolfgang Koch and Michaela Schuster heading the cast.

The Semperoper Dresden will present Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” with Paolo Fanale in the title role.

The Hamburg State Opera continues its run of Strauss “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” with Emily Magee and Roberto Sacca and Linda Watson.


The Teatro alla Scala presents two bel canto masterworks. Donizetti’s “Anna Bolena” stars Hibla Gerzmava on Friday while Rossini’s “La Gazza Ladra” stars Rosa Feola.

The Teatro Regio di Torino presents “L’incoronazione di Dario” with Ottavio Dantone conducting the Torino premiere.

The Teatro Comunale di Bologna continues its run of Poulenc’s “La Voix Humaine” with Anna Caterina Antonacci, whom OperaWire interviewed and Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” with Marco Berti and Carmen Topciu.


Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” continues its run with Yusif Eyvazov and Ainhoa Arteta in the lead roles at the Bolshoi theater. 

Meanwhile, at the Mariinsky Theater Verdi’s ‘I Vespri Siciliani” takes center stage, as does Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”


The Zurich Opera opens a revival of Puccini’s “La Bohème” with Benjamin Bernheim as Rodolfo and Eleonora Buratto as Mimì.