Weekend Preview – International (4/28-30): Nadine Sierra, Ailyn Pérez and Sonya Yoncheva Lead Busy Weekend

By Francisco Salazar

The weekend will bring a wide variety of repertoire from rare Wagner and Rodgers and Hammerstein to Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov. And as always the biggest stars including Sonya Yoncheva, Ailyn Pérez, Kate Lindsey, Aida Garifullina and Nadine Sierra will be on stage performing signature roles.


Wagner’s “Das Liebesverbot” takes center stage at the Teatro Colón. The opera will see Lise Davidsen and Jaquelina Livieri alternate in the lead role of Isabella. The production is by Kasper Holten and is a co-production with the Teatro Real and the Royal Opera.


The Wiener Staatsoper kicks off the weekend with Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” starring Adam Plachetka, Guanqun Yu, Valentina Naforniţa , Carlos Álvarez and Kate Lindsey. Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” follows starring  Wolfgang Bankl, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Brandon Jovanovich and Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” will close the weekend with a cast that includes Egils Silins, Norbert Ernst, Mihoko Fujimura, Okka von der Damerau, Jochen Schmeckenbecher and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke.

The Volksoper will present Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” and “Man of La Mancha.”

Czech Republic  

Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” will be showcased alongside Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus” this weekend at the Prague National Opera. 


The Royal Danish Opera will open its production of Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffman” starring Zoltán Nyári in the title role and Gisela Stille as Antonia and Giulietta. Sophia Bommer also stars as Giulietta and Olympia.


The Paris National Opera will present Rimsky Korsakov’s “The Snow Maiden” with Aida Garifullina and Martina Serafin and will also continue its run of Berg’s “Wozzeck”  starring Johannes Martin Kränzle and Gun-Brit Barkmin.


Sonya Yoncheva returns to her signature role as Violetta in Verdi’s ‘La Traviata” with Leo Nucci and Arturo Chacón-Cruz at the Bayerische Staatsoper.

The Berlin Staatsoper continues its run of Verdi’s “La Traviata” with Ailyn Pérez, Abdellah Lasri and Alfredo Daza. Meanwhile, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, Dorothea Röschmann, Anna Prohaska, Lauri Vasar and Marianne Crebassa star in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.”

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Abduction from the Seraglio” take center stage at the Semperoper Oper Dresden.

The Hamburg State Opera continues its run of Strauss’ “Die Frau Ohne Schatten” with Emily Magee and Roberto Sacca while the Frankfurt Opera presents Verdi’s ‘Rigoletto” with Quinn Kelsey and Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande.”


“La Gazza Ladra” continues its acclaimed run at the Teatro alla Scala with Rosa Feola in the title role while Gregory Kunde and Maria José Siri continue their run of Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” at the Teatro dell’opera di Roma.

Recent Richard Tucker winner Nadine Sierra stars as “Lucia Di Lammermoor” in Donizetti’s masterpiece at the Teatro la Fenice.


The Monte Carlo Opera concludes its run of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore” with Francesco Meli and Maria Agresta in the lead roles. Marina Prudenskaya and Nicola Alaimo round out the star-studded cast.


The Bolshoi Opera will continue its run of Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with Melanie Diener as the Marschallin and Ruxandra Donose as  Octavian. Meanwhile, the Mariinsky Theater takes on Strauss’ “Salome” and Rimsky Korsakov’s “Sadko.”


The Teatro Real continues its run of Ginastera’s “Bomarzo,” which has garnered strong reviews.


Ben Bernheim and Elenora Buratto continue their run of Puccini’s ‘La Bohème” at the Zurich Opera while Juan Diego Flórez sings the title role of Massenet’s “Werther.”

United Kingdom

Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe star in a production of “Carousel” at the English National Opera. There will be two performances in the semi-staged production.