Weekend Preview – International(3/10-12): Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros Lead New ‘Andrea Chenier;’ Anna Netrebko Returns to ‘La Traviata

By Francisco Salazar

Strauss and Wagner will dominate in some of the top theaters this weekend. Additionally, a new production of Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier” will open to a sold out house will Anna Netrebko will return to one of her signature roles.


The Vienna State Opera kicks off the weekend with Strauss’ “Arabella.” The opera is headlined by a cast that includes Wolfgang Bankl, Camilla Nylund, Chen Reiss, Bo Skovhus and Herbert Lippert. On Sunday the company will present Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” with Stephen Gould, Kwangchul Youn, Petra Lang, Matthias Goerne and Sophie Koch.


Bizet’s “Carmen” premieres at the Opera de Paris with Roberto Alagna and Clémentine Margaine in the lead roles. The cast will be rounded out by Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Tagliavini. Juan Diego Florez will also give a recital featuring music by Rossini, Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Verdi.

The Théâtre du Capitole will present a new production of Verdi’s “Ernani” with Alfred Kim, Vitaliy Bilyy, Michele Pertusi and Tamara Wilson. The opera will be conducted Evan Rogister.


At the Bayerische Staatsoper Janáček’s “Jenufa” continues its run with Karita Mattila, Hanna Schwarz, Stuart Skelton, Pavol Breslik and Sally Matthews. The weekend concludes with the premiere of Philipp Stölzl’s new production of Giordano’s “Andrea Chenier.” Sold out for weeks the production stars Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. Luca Salsi rounds out the cast.

The Semperoper Dresden will present the rarely performed work by Leoš Janáček, “Das schlaue Füchslein” with Jukka Rasilainen and Vanessa Goikoetxea.

“Ariadne Auf Naxos” continues its run at the Staatsoper Berlin with Anna Samuil, Roberto Saccà, Elena Sancho Pereg and Katharina Kammerloher.

The Deutsche Berlin Oper kicks off its weekend with Gounod’s “Faust.” Abdellah Lasri, Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, and Heidi Stober lead the cast. The company will also present Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte” and “Tannhauser.”


Anna Netrebko will continue her in Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Teatro alla Scala. She will be joined by her frequent collaborators Francesco Meli and Leo Nucci under the direction of Nello Santi.

The Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will present its final performance of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” Ekaterina Semenchuck, Tatiana Serjan and Stefano Secco lead the international cast.


The Mariinsky Theater will show a variety of pieces including Puccini’s “Tosca” with Maria Guleghina,  Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote,” Verdi’s ‘Don Carlo” and  Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore.”


The Zurich Opera will present Verdi’s “Otello” with Aleksandrs Antonenko, Maria Agresta, and Zeljko Lucic. The company will also show Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” with Layla Claire, Susanna Phillips, and Levente Molnar.


Royal Opera House audiences are in for Wagner’s masterpiece “Der Meistersinger Von Nurnberg” with Bryn Terfel, Johannes Martin Kränzle, Rachel Willis-Sørensen and Gwyn Hughes Jones. The opera will be conducted by Antonio Pappano in a new production by Kasper Holten.