Weekend Preview – USA (3/31-4/2): New York City Opera, Diana Damrau & Vittorio Grigolo Or Carmen Giannattasio; Take Your Pick

By David Salazar

A number of major operas premiere new productions this weekend. Here are the major highlights of the weekend.

The New York City Opera is back in action this weekend with a rare performance of Resphigi’s “La Campana Sommersa.” The rarely performed opera stars Fabio Armiliato and will be showcased on March 31 and April 1 with subsequent performances during the week.

Seattle Opera premieres “The Combat” on April 1, which combines Works by Monteverdi and Couperin. The project was created by the Education and Community Engagement Department of the company and features five singers and a 5-piece Baroque ensemble. The work will be conducted by Stephen Stubbs. There will also be a performance on April 2 with subsequent ones the following weekend. Dean Williamson conducts.

Arizona Opera is also opening its production of Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” The opera will be showcased in Tuscon on Friday and Saturday with Daniela Mack in the title role on Friday and Alyssa Martin on Saturday. Alek Shrader will perform Don Ramiro on Friday while Andrew Owens will take on the opera for the Saturday matinee.

The Los Angeles Opera’s run of “The Tales of Hoffmann” continues on Sunday, April 2 with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in starring roles. Plácido Domingo conducts the production directed by his wife Marta Domingo.

The company will also feature a concert starring Domingo, Damrau and Sondra Radvonovsky on April 1, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. PT.

As for the Met Opera, Verdi’s “Aida” gets a performance on Friday night while the acclaimed production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” gets a radio broadcast during its matinee showing. “La Traviata,” starring Carmen Giannattasio gets a performance Saturday evening.