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Welcome to Bel Cantanti, an opera company within the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area devoted to giving performance experience to both seasoned and aspiring professionals. Between the beautiful singing and glorious music, you will find yourself thoroughly captivated.
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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

Upcoming Performances of the Season:

Tribute to G. Puccini

Suor Angelica

Puccini's Heroines from Le Villi to Turandot


Angelica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Lea Stewart - Hill; Principessa: Megan Heavner;
Sisters: Cheryl Kerrick, Kate Evans Pollin, Denise Young, Maureen Brabec, Shaina Kuhn, Emily Risley, Laura Snyderman.

Saturday, December 3,10 and 17 at 7:30pm
Theater of Concor5d - St. Andrews United Methodist Church
(5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda , MD)

Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through and at the door.
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Mozart and Salieri

La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)


A double bill of one-acts: N. Rimsky - Korsakopv's Mozart and Salieri based one a drama by A. Pushkin and a one woman opera by F. Polenc The Human Voice, based on a play of Jean Cocteau.
Two different stories about Love and Friendship, Jealousy and Betrayal.
Two rarely performed operas, fully staged, in costume.
Sung in Russian and French with projected English supertitles.

Elle: Erika Rodden; Mozart: Youngchul Park; Salieri: Rob McGinness

Sunday, January 29, at 3.00pm
Saturday, February 4, at 7:30pm
Sunday. February 5, at 3:00pm
Randolph Rd. Theater (4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD.)

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through and at the door.
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.


(for more details visit the Auditions page).

BCO auditions have passed. But we always welcome singers to audition during the season.

Past Performances:


The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore

An Evening with G. C. Menotti. Menotti's one-act opera Medium and a "madrigal fable" for chorus and dancers The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore (The Three Sundays of a Poet) . In collaboration with The Olney Ballet Theatre. Director: Patricia Berrend. Choreographers: Erin and Runjiao Du. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra.


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Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Katie Manukyan; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges. Stage Director: Corinne Hayes.
Unicorn Ensemble: Cheryll Kerrick, Evelyn Tsen, Jennifer Lynn Waters, Melissa Chavez, Erika Rodden, Louisa Waycott, Anamer Castello, Michael Dodge, Mark Bublitz, Ted Kerrick, Eric Gramatges, Chris Edwards,Ethan Lee Greene.
Unicorn Dancers: Max Maisey, Daniel Cooke, Therese Gahl, Leo Hishikawa, Mackenzie Rawls, Quaba Ernest, Gianna Bartolini, Maya Illanes, Katish Sussman, Rachel Switzer.