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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:

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

An opera-ballet in One Act. Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin


Everybody's favorite story sung and danced on the music of Pauline Viardot and Frederic Chopin.
Performed in costume, fully staged. Sung in French with English spoken dialogues. English supertitles.
In collaboration with the Olney Ballet Theatre.

Marie (Cinderella): Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu (her father): Eric Gramatges; Armelinde (another daughter of Pictordu): Amanda Staub; Maguelonne(another daughter of Pictordu): Evelyn Tsen; La Fée (Fairy Godmother): Joanna Jones; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule(Prince's Valet): Brandon Lockhart.

Saturday, June 24, at 7:30pm
Sunday, June 25, at 7:30pm
Theatre of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda , MD.)

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Choreographer: Runjaio Du
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

AUDITIONS 2017-2018!

Saturday, April 1 & April 8 at Concord-St. Andrews UM Church

Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon. Festival production, June 2017
P. Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin. October 2017. CAST
G. Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor. March 2018
N. Rimsky-Korsakov Sadko. May 2018
R. Strauss Ariadne auf Naxos. November 2018

(for more details visit the Auditions page).

Past Performances:


Le Villi


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Anna: Jennifer Lynn Waters; Roberto: James Chamberlaine; Guglielmo: Taesung Kim;
Silvia: Emma McDermott; Zanetto: Victoria Koreneva.

Stage Director: David Carl Toulson
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

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Hoffmann: Lindell Carter; Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Mizuho Takeshita; Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto: Cody Muller; Nicklausse, Muse, Chost: Claire Galloway; Andres, Nathanael, Spalanzani, Franz, Pitichinaccio: Michael Dodge; Luther, Crespel: John Scherch; Hermann, Schlemil: Eric Gramatges.

Mozart and Salieri

La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)

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Elle: Rachel Elise Sigman; Mozart: Michael Dodge; Salieri: Rob McGinness, Blind Violinist: Eric Gramatges; Servant: Kathleen Alvania.

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

Tribute to G. Puccini

Suor Angelica

Puccini's Heroines from Le Villi to Turandot

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Angelica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Lea Stewart - Hill; Principessa: Megan Heavner
Sisters: Cheryl Kerrick, Cindy Harris Elkins, Katharina Acosta, Rachel Sitomer, Maureen Brabec, Shaina Kuhn, Emily Crockett, Laura Snyderman, Joanna Jones, Mia Rojas, Katy Leon, Shoshana Haag.
Children's chorus: Merideth Abramson, Hana Looney, Skylar Smith, Rubi Garritano, Gaury Dandi, Eloise Dawney, Maria Klosovsky, Sofia Colon, Lucy Mencimer, Isabella Artino

Concert: Rosa d'Imperio, Sarah Heisler, Emma McDermott, Jillian Finnamore.

Pianists: David Hill, Katerina Souvorova

Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova


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.