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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:

Amahl and the Night Visitors

A Christmas favorite by G.C. Menotti. A story about a crippled boy joining The Three Magi to go and see a newborn baby Jesus. Staged, in costumes, accompanied on piano. In English.

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King Kaspar: Peter Burrough, King Melchior: Michael Nansel, King Balthazar: Christian Simmons; Mother: Melanie Ashkar, Amahl: Nika Averbukh, Darryl Lillian Johnson. The Page: Xavier Joseph.


Saturday. December 10, 2.00pm, Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4835 MacArthur Blvd, Washington DC. NW
Sunday December 11, 3.00 pm Asbury Methodist Village, 301 Odenhal Rd, Gaithersburg, MD
Saturday December 17 at 7.30 Gaithersburg Arts Barns, 311 Kent Square Rd, Gaithersburg, MD
Sunday, December 18 at 3.00pm, Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 5080 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, MD
Friday, December 30 at 7.30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, 11200 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD

Tickets: Adult: $40, Child under 12: $25; group of 10 and more: $30can be bought online through Eventbrite and at the doors.
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Tickets information : (240) 230-7372

Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail

Mozart's brilliant classic opera performed in German with English supertitles, in costumes, staged. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra directed by Dr. Katerina Souvorova.

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Konstanze:
Alejandra Sandoval, Blonde: Catherine Wethington, Robin Steitz,
Osmin: Kevin Short, Pedrillo: Daniel Sampson, Belmonte: TBA, Bassa Selim: TBA


Saturday, February 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 5, 3:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 12, 3:00pm

Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD

Tickets: $40, can be bought online through Eventbrite and at the doors.
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Tickets information : (240) 230-7372

La Cenerentola

Favorite story of Cinderella told by another master of bel canto – Gioachino. Rossini. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, staged, in costumes. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra directed by Dr. Katerina Souvorova

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Angelina: Emily Hughes, Don Ramiro, TBA Dandini: Rob McGinness, Don Magnifico TBA,
Clorinda: Kelly Curtin, Tisbe: Elizebeth Barnes, Alidoro: Andrew Boisvert


Saturday, April 22, 7:30pm
Friday, April ,28, 7:30pm
Saturday, April 29, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 30, 3:00pm

Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD


Tickets: $40, can be bought online through Eventbrite and at the doors.
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Tickets information : (240) 230-7372

Franz Lehar - King of Operetta

After presenting last's year's concert celebrating Imre Kalman - Mister X of Operetta, we present our second master of the operetta form: Austro Hungarian composer Franz Lehar. A gala concert of well-known and obscure operettas of the composer.

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Friday, May 26, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 27, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 28 , 3:00pm

Jewish Community Center, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD

Tickets: $40, can be bought online through Eventbrite and at the doors.
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Tickets information : (240) 230-7372



Past Performances:

I Capuleti e i Montecchi

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Immortal story of Romeo and Juliette told through the music of the master of Italian bel canto, Vincenzo Bellini. Performed in Italian, in costume, accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra,
directed by BCO Artistic director, Dr. Katerina Souvorova

Romeo: Laura Zahn, Giulietta: Emily Casey,
Tebaldo: Nicholas Hudak, Lorenzo: Andrew Boisvert, Capellio: Casey Germain .

Backpack of Joy!

Benefit concert for Ukrainian Children.


An unique concert of classical music performed by American and Ukrainian singers.

Emily Casey, Catherine Wethington,
Galina Ivannikova, Margaret Efimenko, Elizebeth Barnes,
Peter Burrough, Han Jeongwook,
Michael Nansel, Gustavo Ahualli
Nika Averbukh.

BCO Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova at the piano.

Fresh baked pastries from Busy Beaver Bakery in Baltimore.