Opera in America

Aria ready for some opera? The season is in full voice across the United States right now. The variety and range of offerings is staggering, but here are a few of the outstanding productions, such as 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Otello.'

Arizona
Phoenix

Arizona Opera

Poulenc: Dialogues of the Carmelites

Feb. 28, March 1-3; Tucson, April 5-7

Kirk Muspratt conducts Poulenc's moving work about martyred nuns during the French Revolution.

602-266 7464 or www.azopera.com

California
Santa Ana

Opera Pacific

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin: March 1-3

Renée Fleming Recital: March 17

Samuel Ramey Recital: April 7

Heggie: Dead Man Walking: April 16-21

Opera Pacific offers the resonant bass Eric Halfvarson as Prince Gremin in "Eugene Onegin," followed by two superstar concerts and a run of the compelling opera "Dead Man Walking."

949-474 44880 or www.operapacific.org

Connecticut
Hartford

Connecticut Opera

Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann

April 25-27

Conductor Willie Anthony Waters leads veteran bass John Cheek in the role of Lindorf in Offenbach's delirious riff on stories by Hoffmann.

860-246-6807 or www.connecticutopera.org

District of Columbia
Washington

The Washington Opera

Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera

March 30, April 2-20

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades

May 11-28, June 2-8

Up-and-coming tenor Marcello Giordani headlines Verdi's "Ballo" and the still-excellent Plácido Domingo stars in "Queen of Spades."

202-295-2400 or www.dc-opera.org

Florida
Miami

Florida Grand Opera

Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov

March 13-24; Fort Lauderdale, March 28, 30.

Donizetti: Don Pasquale

May 8-19; Fort Lauderdale, May 23, 25.

Stalwart American bass James Morris ventures the title role in Mussorgsky's epic, while brilliant conductor Will Crutchfield fizzes up Donizetti's delightful comedy.

305-800-741-1010 or www.fgo.org

Maryland
Baltimore

Baltimore Opera

Verdi: Otello

March 14-24

Christian Badea conducts star soprano Aprile Millo as Desdemona and solid baritone Alexandru Agache as Iago.

410-727-6000 or www.baltimoreopera.com

Massachusetts
Boston

Handel and Haydn Society

Handel: Ariodante

April 19, 21

Music director Christopher Hogwood will lead a performance of Handel's rarely staged opera. It makes a nice change from 'Messiah.'

617-262-1815 or

www.handelandhaydn.org

Michigan
Detroit

Michigan Opera

Delibes: Lakmé

May 11-19

Motown will be trilling to the sound of the famous "Bell Song" of Lakmé, as sung by coloratura virtuoso Sumi Jo in the title role.

313-237-7464 (SING) or www.motopera.org

NEW YORK
New York

The Metropolitan Opera

Rossini: The Barber of Seville

April 11-26

Features the sensational Met debut of Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez.

212-362-6000 or www.metopera.org

New York City Opera

Handel: Agrippina

April 7-23

John Philip Sousa: The Glass Blowers

April 16-28

Expert British Handelian Jane Glover leads "Agrippina," and Sousa's "The Glass Blowers" will have his fans marching over to hear it.

212-870-5570 or www.nycopera.com

North Carolina
Charlotte

Opera Carolina

Rossini: The Barber of Seville

April 4-7

Acclaimed lyric tenor Bruce Fowler and soprano Vivica Genaux star in this revival of Rossini's frothy comedy.

704-372 1000 or www.operacarolina.org

Ohio
Cleveland

Cleveland Opera

Verdi: Rigoletto

May 3-5

Surefire Conductor Imre Palló puts baritone Robert McFarland through his paces in the title role of Verdi's tragic jester.

216-575-0903 or www.clevelandopera.org

Oregon
Portland

Portland Opera

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Consul

March 30, April 1-6

A rare chance to hear a gripping Cold War-era drama, sung by soprano Karen Huffstodt.

(503) 241-1802 or www.portlandopera.org

Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Opera

Kurt Weill: Street Scene

Puccini: Madama Butterfly

March 16-24

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor

April 20-28

The best-conducted regional opera in America, thanks to the superbly gifted maestro John Mauceri. He leads tenor Alfredo Portilla in "Butterfly" and the French soprano Annick Massis as Lucia. Don't miss it.

412-456 6666 or www.pghopera.org

Texas
Fort Worth

Fort Worth Opera

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

March 14-17

Although the Dallas Opera's spring season is already over, opera-loving Texans may console themselves with Gershwin's beloved work.

817-731 0200 or www.fwopera.org

Utah
Salt Lake City

Utah Opera

Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

May 18-26

This production shows off the chops of baritone Timothy Noble as Tonio; paired with Orff's concert work Carmina Burana.

801-323 6868 or www.utahopera.org

Wisconsin
Milwaukee

Florentine Opera

Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier

May 25, 31, June 2

Conductor Joseph Rescigno propels a cast headed by bass John Cheek as the boorish Baron Ochs in the ravishingly melodic Strauss work.

414-291 5700 or www.florentineopera.org

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