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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.

Bel Cantanti Opera dedicates all the performances of its 10th anniversary season to Kate McGhee, whose whole life has been given to the arts, music, and opera.


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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 2013 - 2014

Bel Cantanti Youth Conservatory

Sound of music

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

Audition dates: Tuesday August 26th 3pm-8pm. Auditions for the students who can not make this date will be scheduled on individual basis by appointment.

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

Where Church in Bethesda (5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda MD)

Parking On the street or at Bethesda Elementary school

Audition fee Free. Pianist is provided

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

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


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

Friday, September 19, 7:30pm

Sunday, September 21, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater, 4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

G. Massenet Cinderella (Cendrillon).


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

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

Friday, October 24, 7:30pm

Sunday, October 26, 3:00pm

Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Rockville, MD

Past Performances

BCO Summer Opera Festival

The Music of the Russian Soul

Arias and duets from Tchaikovsky's opera Mazeppa, Rimsky-Korsakov's Snowmaiden, Rachmaninoff's Francesca da Rimini, M. Musorgsky's Boris Godunov, A. Borodin's Prince Igor, S. Profkofiev's Alexander Nevsky and others performed by the participants of the Summer festival. Accompanied on the piano by Katerina Souvorova.

Ravel L'Enfant et les Sortileges

Stage Director: Nicholas Olcott, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar, Art work: Melody Greenlief, Costume designer: Emma Gorin, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

Rodgers/Hammerstein The Sound of Music

Stage Director: Debbie Niezgoda, Set Designer: Murat Tasar, Jason Child, Costume designer: Lois Dunlop, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

Randolph Rd Theater, 4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

F. Handel Serse (The Xerxes)


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Serse: Desiree Maira, Romilda: Anna Feucht, Arsamene: Brennan Hall, Atalanta: Julia Ebner, Amastre: Sarah Kraus, Melanie Ashkar, Ariodate: Andrew Potter, Elviro: Daryl Yoder.

Stage Director: Peter Kozma, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar, Costume designer: Adalia Vera Tonneyck, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

A Birthday Toast! Bel Cantanti Opera's 10th Anniversary Concert.


It is here! We are ten years old. These years have been exciting! More than three hundred singers have become Bel Cantanti family, almost fifty different shows have been performed. From our first Amahl and the Night Visitors in December of 2003, we have come a long way to Die Fledermaus in December 2013. The concert was a beautiful reunion of great singers, who performed the arias, duets and ensembles from BCO's past and present.

A Toast to Champagne! BCO 10th Anniversary concert at the Embassy of Singapore.


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Rosalinde: Huanhuan Ma; Eisenstein: Aaron Halevy; Adele: Laura Whittenberger; Falke: Michael Celentano; Frank: Adam Sterling; Prince Orlovsky: Rebecca Henry; Ida: Leslie Zapiain; Bodyguard: Eric Gramatges; Guests of Prince Orlovsky: Dan Noone, Lingling Peng, Meredith Marano, Brie Pasko, Charlotte Stewart, Adriana del Castillo, Ted Kerrick.

Accompanied on the piano by Artistic director of BCO Dr. Katerina Souvorova. Set design by Olga Shpitalna.

J. Strauss Die Fledermaus (The Bat)


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Rosalinde: Merideth Marano, Huanhuan Ma; Eisenstein: Aaron Halevy; Adele: Laura Whittenberger, Brieann Pasko, Liz Lalor; Alfred: Dan Noone, Michael Celentano; Falke: Eric McKeever; Blind: David Artz; Ted Kerrick; Frank: Adam Sterling; Prince Orlovsky: Jacqueline Karle, Rebecca Henry; Ida: Leslie Zapiain, Charlotte Woolley, Adriana del Castillo.

S. Rachmaninoff. Concert of Song and Opera


A concert of Russian vocal music. Well known and loved songs as well as unknown romances and operatic music. The concert is accompanied by projections of Russian art of 18th through 21st century and English translations of the Russian texts.

Performers: Cristina Nassiff, Chantelle Grant, Ashley Alden, Gustavo Ahualli, Jeffrey Springer, Michal Celentano.

Accompanied on the piano by Artistic director of BCO Dr. Katerina Souvorova. Set design by Olga Shpitalna. Supertitles: Anna Engelsone.

J. Offenbach Orphee aux Enfers (Orpheus in Underworld)

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Stage Director: Guillaume Tourniaire

Choreographer: Jenna Babyak

Costumes: Rachel Feola

Euridice: Catherine Wethington, Kelly Curtin; Orphee: Joey Wilson; Public Opinion: Lindsey Paradise; Offenbach: Adam Sterling.

Gods and Goddesses: Pluto/Aristee: Aurelio Dominguez; Jupiter: Ted Kerrick, Michael Celentano; Cupid: Rebecca Henry, Diane:Emma Gorin, Allison Clendaniel; Venus: Katie Bransford, Nilam Brown; Mercury: Anais Naharro-Murphy; Minevre: Leah Manning, Erin Wein: Junon: Jenna Babyak, Michelle Kelly; Mars: Adam Sterling; Styx: Joe Thordarson.