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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 Opera and Catholic University of America joint Summer Music Festival 2010

Twenty three singers from Pennsylvania, Boston, Canada, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington DC area were selected for participating in the festival this year.

Faculty and guest artists: Katerina Souvorova - BCO director, producer, opera coach; Rick Christman - voice technician; Shari Anderson - voice technician; Debbie Niezgoda - stage director, Henriette Lund - German diction (Die Zauberflote); Nicholas Catravas - rehearsal pianist, coach; David Ballena - pianist, coach; Kayme Henkel - pianist, accompanist; Yufen Chou - pianist, accompanist; Francois Loup - Recitative in opera; Delores Ziegler - masterclass; Sharon Christman - vocal technique, masterclass; Fabiana Bravo - Italian diction, Bel Canto, masterclass; Rick Christman - vocal technique; Shari Anderson, vocal technique, masterclass; Paul McIlvane - business class; Giovanni Reggioli, WNO - masterclass; Katerina Souvorova: - Russian Diction.

W. MozartDie Zauberflote

An Afternoon of Arias and Art Songs

E. Humperdink Hansel and Gretel

"Most impressive were the richly shimmering glow of soprano Christina Massimei's Pamina, Eric Olsen's virile and focused tenor as Tamino, bass Patrick Guetti's rolling, impressively weighty sound as Sarastro, and soprano Tamara Tucker as the Queen of the Night, who knocked off some daunting coloratura with bright, pinging, accurately placed high notes." Washington Post, Joe Banno.

" At Papageno, Charlie Hyland has broken through into a new dimentions of apparent talent. He showed a deft comic manner, had a resonant and attractive voice and brought great life to his role. Patrick Giuetti, as Sarastro, was easily the most impressive of the male singers. His deep voice projects majestic nobility and his great height gives Sarastro the needed commanding presence whenever the character is on stage..." Stephen Neal Dennis,