Weekend Preview – USA (4/28-30): Opera Season In Full Swing Across North America With Joyce DiDonato, Sondra Radvonovsky & Adrianne Pieczonka Headline Major Shows

By David Salazar

Opera season is in full swing in the United States and Canada with a ton of offerings across the continent. Here is a look at the big highlights.

East Coast

The Metropolitan Opera will showcase “Der Rosenkavalier” on Friday before giving “Der Fliegende Holländer” Saturday afternoon and “Don Giovanni” on Saturday evening. OperaWire will attend the Friday performance with a review slated for Saturday publication.

Elsewhere in New York, The English Concert will showcase Handel’s “Ariodante” at Carnegie Hall with Joyce DiDonato headlining the cast. Meanwhile, the Manhattan School of Music will continue its run of “Der Zigeunerbaron” with performances throughout the weekend. Tri-Cities Opera will continue its run of “Hydrogen Jukebox.”

Boston Lyric Opera will showcase “The Marriage of Figaro” on Friday and Sunday; Opera Philadelphia will also showcase the very same opera on those very same days. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Opera will give “The Summer King.”

In Chicago, the Lyric Opera will present “My Fair Lady,” the Chicago Opera Theater will give audiences “The Perfect American,” and OperaDelaware will perform “Semiramide.”

Down at the Atlanta Opera, “Turandot” will get a revival and in Florida, “Un Ballo in Maschera” will dominate the weekend for the Florida Grand Opera. North Carolina Opera will present “The Pearl Fishers” on Friday and Sunday as well while Opera Carolina performs “La Fanciulla del West” on Saturday.

Western USA

Out west, the state of Texas will be quite busy. Between Houston Grand Opera’s “The Abduction from Seraglio” and “Götterdämmerung,” Fort Worth Opera’s “Carmen,” “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna,” and “Voire Dire,” Dallas Opera’s “Norma,” and Austin Opera’s “Madama Butterfly,” people in the Lone Star State have a lot of opera to enjoy.

But those in California have a lot of options as well. The LA Opera will showcase “Tosca” while San Diego Opera continues its “La Traviata” run.


To the north of the border, the Canadian Opera Company will premiere “Tosca” on Sunday in a production starring Adrianne Pieczonka, Marcelo Puente, Musa Ngqungwna and Markus Marquardt among others.

Vancouver Opera will give a production of “Otello” on Friday and Sunday with Antonello Palombi in the lead role and Erin Wall as Desdemona. On Saturday, the company showcases “Dead Man Walking.” Manitoba Opera will present “Werther” on Saturday. Finally, Pacific Opera Victoria will finish out its run of “Les Feluettes” on Friday and Sunday.