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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:

Muses Sing!

A concert of the art songs by the women composers

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Bel Cantanti Opera opens its sixteenth 2019-2020 season with a concert of the art songs by four women composers: Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann (Wieck), Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Fanny Mendelssohn.

Their music is not known as widely as the music of the men in their lives: Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Frederic Chopin.
These art songs were written for voice with the piano accompaniment. But in this concert the songs will be orchestrated and singers will perform them, accompanined by cello, piano, harp, oboe and organ.
The concert includes the poetry reading, projection of the fine art of the beginning of 20th century.

Come to enjoy this unique concert and hear the beautiful music, which has'nt been heard enough and so soon forgotten.

Jessica Adkins Acosta: soprano; Marie Marquis: soprano;
Victoria Koreneva: mezzo soprano; Allan Chan: tenor.

Igor Zubkovsky: cello; Eugeny Sidorov: oboe; Katerina Souvorova: keyboard.
John Scherch: narration, poetry reading.

Saturday, September 14 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 15, at 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater
4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Tickets: Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15.
Group of ten and more: $30, available online and at the door.

Ticket information: tickets:belcantanti.com or (240) 230-7372
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Rigoletto

An opera in three acts by G. Verdi

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Meghan McCall as Gilda and Nemeh Azzam as Rigoletto in BCO production of 2004.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles. In costume, fully staged. Accompanied by BCO orchestra.

Gilda: Chelsea Lehnea; Rigoletto: Gustavo Feulien;
Duke of Mantua: Daniel Noone; Sparafucile: Christian Isaiah Simmons; Maddalena: Laura Zahn;
Borsa: Michael Butler; Marullo: Justin Harrison; Count Ceprano:Eric Gramatges;
Monterone: Elliot Mattheny; Giovanna, Counterss Ceprano: Amanda Staub

Sunday, October 13, at 3:00pm
Saturday, October 19, at 7:30pm
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30pm

Randolph Rd Theater
4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, October 27, at 3:00pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD 20874

Tickets: Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15.
Group of ten and more: $30, available online and at the door.

Ticket information: tickets:belcantanti.com or (240) 230-7372
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Don Pasquale

A comic opera in three acts by G. Donizetti

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Francois Loup as Don Pasquale from BCO production of 2008.

Performed in Italian with English supertitles. In costume, fully staged. Accompanied by BCO orchestra.

Norina: Leah Brzyski; Don Pasquale: Andrew Adelsberger;
Malatesta: Rob McGinness; Ernesto: Alan Chan; Notary Eric Gramatges

Stage Director: James Hampton
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Artistic Director, Producer Katerina Souvorova

Saturdays, December 7 & 14, at 7:30pm
Sundays, December 8, 15, at 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater
4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Tickets: Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15.
Group of ten and more: $30, available online and at the door.

Ticket information: tickets:belcantanti.com or (240) 230-7372
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World Premiere

Briscula the Magician

Opera in two acts

Music by Frances Pollock

Libretto by Bob Misbin

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A story of love and hate in Mussolini's Italy. Inspired by Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician.
In English, fully staged, in costume. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra

Briscula: Peter Burroughs; Claudio: Michael Butler; Giovanni: John Harrison; Silvestra: Leah Brzyski;
Man From the City: John Scherch; His Wife: Megan Heavner; Edward Buchleiter: Christian Simmons;
Soffronia Veronesi Rachel Sigman; Michele Veronesi: Gustavo Ahualli;
Cecily: Cheryl Kerrick; Thugs: Carlos Rodriguez, Gregory Stuart, Bill Pastor.

Stage Director: Jennifer Blades
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Artistic Director, Producer Katerina Souvorova

Saturdays, March 7 & 14, at 7:30pm
Sundays, March 8, 15, at 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater
4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Tickets: Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15.
Group of ten and more: $30, available online and at the door.

Ticket information: tickets:belcantanti.com or (240) 230-7372
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Kashchey the Deathless

One-act opera fantasy by N. Rimsky Korsakov

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A fairy tale opera about triumph of Love and Light over Evil and Tyranny. Performed in Russian with English supertitles. In costume, fully staged. In collaboration with The Olney Ballet.

Princess: Shafali Jalota; Kashcheevna: Courtney Miller;
Kashey the Deathless: Daniel Noone; Prince: TBA; Storm TBA

Stage Director: TBA
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Artistic Director, Producer Katerina Souvorova

Saturday, May 9, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 10, at 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater
4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD

Sunday, May 17, at 3:00pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD 20874

Tickets: Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15.
Group of ten and more: $30, available online and at the door.

Ticket information: tickets:belcantanti.com or (240) 230-7372
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Past Performances:

The Tsar's Bride

An opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov

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Second fully staged performance in US, in Russian with English supertitles. In costume. Accompanied by orchestra.

Marfa Sobakina: Asmik Arutiuniants; Grigory Gryaznoj: Rob McGinness; Lyubasha: Viktoriya Koreneva;
Vasily Sobakin: John Scherch; Ivan Lykov: Michael Butler; Bomelius: Peter Burroughs;
Domna Saburova: Katie Manukyan; Dunyasha: Sofiya Schug, Marie Herrington; Malyuta: Kofi Hayford.

Orfeo ed Euridice

An opera-ballet by C. W. Gluck

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Orfee : Francesca Aguado; Euridice : Chelsea Lehnea; Amour : Robin Steitz;
Furies, blessed spirits : The Olney Ballet.

Stage Director: Elizabeth Dinkova, Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak, Choreographer: Runqiao Du, Lighting Designer: Brydon Geisler, Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

An opera by W. Mozart

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Figaro: Robert Mellon, Susanna: Emily Tweedy,Count Almaviva: Erik Grendahl, Countess Almaviva: Claire Kuttler, Cherubino: Francesca Aguado; Marcellina: Laura Zahn, Megan Heavner, Don Bartolo: Alex Adam Leytes, Don Basilio, Don Kurzio: Peter Burroughs; Barbarina: Marie Marquis: Antonio: Elliot Matheny.

Stage Director: Jennifer Blades, Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak,Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

My Beautiful Galatea

An operetta by F. Suppe

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Pygmalion : Max Zander; Galatea : Kelly Curtin; Ganymede : Joseph Baker; Midas: Alex Alburqueque.

Stage Director: Jennifer Blades, Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak, Choreographers: Runqiao Du, Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Les Pecheurs de Perles (Pearl Fishers)

An opera in three acts by G. Bizet

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Nadir : Tom Mulder; Leila : Katherine Boyce; Zurga : Kyle Oliver; Nourabad : Antoine Hodge.
The Olney Ballet Theatre. Choreography by Runqiao Du.

Stage Director: Phillip Collister, Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak, Lighting Designer: Brydon Geisler, Choreographers: Runqiao Du, Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Taste of Tomorrow. Opera a la Carte

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Concert-preview of Bel Cantanti's 15th season will include the snippets of the future performances of 2018-2019:

C. Bizet's opera Les Pecheurs de Perles (Pearl Fishers), operetta by Franz von Suppe My Beautiful Galatea ,W. Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro , W. Gluck' Orfeo ed Euridice N. Rimsky-Korsakov The Tsar's Bride .

Singers: Katherine Boyce, James C Kil, Rob McGinness, Sarah Hayashi, Erik Grendahl, Francesca Aguado, Katie Manukyan, Laura Zahn, John TK Scherch. The Olney Ballet Theatre. Choreography by Runqiao Du.