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Kathleen McGhee
(September 29th, 1956 – September 1st, 2013) served as a Founding Director and Costume Designer of Bel Cantanti Opera since December 2003. She designed BCO performances of Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, L’Elisir d’Amore, Eugene Onegin, Barber of Seville, Daughter of the Regiment, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Aleko, Iolanta and so many other operas. Kathleen also was a pianist and harpist and held an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in music.

Rest in Peace, dear friend, amazing musician, a person of rare beauty, generous heart and kindness.


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" Bel Cantanti reminds us that our region's smaller companies are arguably smarter, better stewards of the art form, spending more wisely than the big-budget houses, presenting sturdy, smaller-scaled evenings of opera..."

                                                                                     Tom Huizenga. Washington Post, September 27, 2010

Season 2014 - 2015

Current Performances

Gustav Mahler Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden (I am lost to the world)


A spring production of Bel Cantanti, an opera-play in one act based on the music of Gustav Mahler. Fully staged, in costume. Directed by Dirk Schattner. A multi media production.

Singers: Kathryn Wieckhorst, Robert McGinness, Meghan McCall. Accompanied by Katerina Souvorova. Sung in German with projected English super titles.

Friday, May 8, 7:30pm

Sunday, May 10, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd theatre, 4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD.

Tickets are sold online through Buy tickets and at the door

Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Ticket information: (240) 230 - 7372 or at

AUDITIONS! BCO Summer Festival 2015.

This year BCO summer festival will result in two productions: Tchaikovsky's opera IOLANTA (June 26-28) and Sondheim's musical INTO THE WOODS (youth version, July 18-19). Both production are fully staged, in costume, accompanied by the orchestra.

To schedule an audition, please contact us at Pianist is provided free of charge. Please provide a complete package of materials for the auditions. Incomplete materials will not be considered.

WHEN: March 7 and 14 (11-9pm)
WHERE: Concord - St. Andrew's United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd.Bethesda, MD)
MATERIALS: Recent resume, recent headshot, short bio, costume measurements, mp3 or mp4 recording or a link to the website.
APPLICATION FEE: (paid online, through PayPal)
AUDITION REPERTOIRE: Iolanta: an aria (preferably in Russian), an aria of choice. Into the Woods: an English song and one minute monolog (memorized)

More information about the casts of both productions and festival (Click here)

Bel Cantanti Youth Conservatory

Sound of music

AUDITIONS for young singers ages 10-18 for: Youth Conservatory at Bel Cantanti Opera.

Audition dates:by appointment.

Audition requirements: One monologue (1 minute maximum) and 2 song selections of your choice from musical theater, opera or Disney.

To schedule an audition contact us at More information about BCO Youth Conservatory here.

Past Performances

N. Rimsky Korsakov Snow Maiden (Sneguroshka)


Snegurochka: Mizuho Takeshita, Marcelle Quirk, Lel: Taylor-Alexis DuPont, Kupava: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Julia Turnbull, Mizgir : Robert McGinnes, Spring Beauty: Lindsey Paradise, Father Frost: Kwang Kyu Lee, Tsar Berendey Dane Suarez, Snowmaiden's girlfriends: Maureen Brabec, Nilam Brown, Alina Goldman, Katy Leon.

Four Seasons Dancers. Choreographer: Elena Indrokova Jones.

A concert performance, sung in Russian with projected English super titles and the images of Russian fine art. Produced, coached and accompanied by Katerina Souvorova.

E. Kalman The Princess of Gsardas (Die Csardasfurstin).

Die Csardasfurstin
Die Csardasfurstin

Sylva Varescu: Merideth Marano, Edwin Ronald: Rogelio B. Penaverde Jr, Countess Stasi : Emma Gorin, Count Boni Kancsianu: Andrew Sauvageau, Feri von Kerekes: Gregory Stuart. Show Girls: Robin Steitz, Ashlyn Mazone, Becky Henry, Hila Brod. Prince: Eric Gramatges, Princess: Meghan Taylor, Ronsdorff: Dirk Schattner, Kish Andrew Potter, Soldier: Gary O'Connor.

Stage Director: Dirk Schattner, Andrew Potter, Set Designer: Murat Tasar, Light Designer: Michael Celentano, Costume Designer: Elena Imbrokova Jones, Emma Gorin, Make Up: Ashlyn Mazone Lucas, Pianist: : Nicholas Catravas, Producer: Katerina Souvorova.

Oh! What a Wonderful World!

A Thanksgiving concert of popular opera and musical favorites.


Meredith Marano, Emma Gorin, Bryan Jackson, Robert McGinniss, Andrew Potter, Rogelio Penaverde.

G. Massenet Cinderella (Cendrillon).


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Lucette/Cendrillon: Jaime Korkos, Le Prince Charmant : Cindy Elkins, La Fee: Kimberlee Christie,
Pandolfe: Zack Rabin, Madame de la Haltiere: Monifa Harris, Noemie: Keely Borland, Dorothee: Erica Convery, Le Roi: Joshua Hong, Le Doyen de la Faculte: David Wolff, Le Premier Ministre: Simon Charette, 1st Spirit: Anais Naharro-Murphy, 2nd Spirit: Audrey Frieberg, 3rd Spirit: Hila Brod, 4th Spirit: Jeanine Shea, 5th Spirit: Ashlyn Mazone-Lucas, 6th Spirit: Jenna Babyak.

Stage Director: Guillaume Tourniaire, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Props designer: Murat Tasar, Light Designer: Jason Brinke, Costume designer: Emma Gorin, Make up: Daniel Cage,
Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

J. Bach Coffee Cantata and G. Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress)


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Schlendrian : Francois Loup, Lieschen: Meghan McCall, Narrator: Andrew Hann.

Uberto: Andrew Adelsberger, Serpina: Meghan McCall, Vespone: Andrew Hann.

Stage Director: Francois Loup, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova