Weekend Preview – International (8/4-6): Anna Netrebko Returns To The Salzburg Festival With Riccardo Muti & Francesco Meli

By Francisco Salazar

The Festival season continues with one of the most anticipated premieres slated to open.


That premiere, of course, is Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Aida at the Salzburg Festival. She will be accompanied by Riccardo Muti and Francesco Meli, who is also making his role debut as Radamès, with Ekaterina Semenchuk as Amneris.

The festival will also continue runs of “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” with Nina Stemme and Brandon Jovanovich and “La Clemenza di Tito” with Russell Thomas.

Meanwhile, the Bregenz festival also presents its ongoing production of Bizet’s “Carmen.”


The Bayreuth Festival’s production of Wagner’s “Parsifal,” starring Andreas Schager and Elena Pankratova, will get another showcase. The festival also presents “Tristan Und Isolde” with Stephen Gould, Petra Lang and René Pape.


Leonardo Lòpez Linares and Anna Pirozzi headline Verdi’s “Nabucco” at the Arena di Verona while Susanna Branchini sing’s “Puccini’s “Tosca” with Carlo Ventre. Hui He returns as Verdi’s “Aida” with Olesya Petrova as Amneris.

Liana Aleksanyan gives another performance of “Aida” at the Macerata Opera Festival while María José Siri portrays “Madama Butterfly.” France Dariz sings the title role of “Turandot” with Davinia Rodríguez.

Meyerbeer’s “Margerita d’Anjou” finishes its acclaimed run at the Festival della Valle d’Itria.

The Teatro dell’opera di Roma’s festival at the Caracalla rolls along with Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Tosca” and Verdi’s “Nabucco.”

United Kingdom

At the Edinburgh International Festival, Wagner’s “Die Walküre” gets showcased on Sunday with an all-star cast that includes Christine Goerke as Brünnhilde, Amber Wagner as Sieglinde, Karen Cargill as Fricka, Simon O’Neill as Siegmund, Bryn Terfel as Wotan, and Matthew Rose as Hunding.

Lisette Oropesa’s run of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” at the Glyndebourne Festival gets another performance while Joyce El-Khoury and Atalla Ayan continue in Verdi’s “La Traviata.” Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” will also be performed and live streamed to cinemas.

At the BBC Proms festival, Semyon Bychov leads Mussorgsky masterpiece “Khovanschina” with Elena Maximova as Marfa.