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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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Season 2006-2007

G. Donizetti L'Elisir d'Amore (more photos)

Bel Cantanti delivered an ebullient performance of L'Elisir d'Amore" at the Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring on Sunday. Reduced to its essence -- no chorus, and with piano, string quartet and onstage trumpeter instead of full orchestra -- the opera didn't seem 175 years old. The comedy burbled and bubbled brightly in a burst of strongly crafted characters. And Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova's pianistic prowess moved it along beautifully..." (read complete review)
G. Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor (more photos)

" The mad scene in Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" is justly famous...  And it is extremely unfair to rest the weight of this coloratura showpiece on the slender shoulders of a young and developing soprano...  it is to McCall's tremendous credit that she rises so far. Literally rises: The high E-flats in the mad scene are stratospheric..." (read complete review)

"... Bel Cantanti has produced a surprisingly effective and extraordinarily moving presentation of what may very well be Donizetti's grandest bel canto opera.... In the vocally challenging role of Lucia, soprano Meghan McCall was impressive, navigating her way through Donizetti's wicked ornamentation with smooth professionalism... As Edgardo, tenor Yoon Soo Shin displayed an astonishingly powerful and convincing instrument... Baritone Bryan Jackson was also at the top of his game as the evil Enrico, projecting a cold authority with his knife-edged voice and excellent diction. And as the cleric Raimondo, bass Kwang Kyu Lee's full, rounded tones were as effective in his solo excursions as they were crucial in providing the necessary ballast for the opera's unforgettable sextet... " ( read complete review)
Masterpieces of Bel Canto Tribute to Italian Opera

In March 2007 Bel Cantanti Opera presented opera scenes  from operas  Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Cenerentola, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucia de Lammermoor, Le Comte Ory, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Don Pascuale, and I Puritani. Singers: Jessica Renfro, Shelley Jackson, Jennifer Fry, Meghan McCall, Adria McCulloch, Waka Osifchin, Anastasia Robinson, Jim Biggs, Aurelio Dominguez, Bryan Jackson, Matt Osifchin, Andrew Broadaway, Kwang Kyu Lee, Sean Pflueger. (more photos)

W. A. Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro (more photos)

" OK, first things first: say it. You know you want to. Figaro. Fee-ga-ro. Figaro, Figaro, Fee-ga-ro. ... Yes! Because here we are in the final month of 2006, the year that marked the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth in Salzburg, Austria..." (read complete review)

" ... Bel Cantanti accomplishes its surprisingly polished productions with budget sets and sumptuous costuming. But it's the company's talented vocalists who really bring each production alive..." (read complete review) 

" ... Mozart was just 30 when he wrote it (in a mere six weeks), and all its major characters are young, so the work is particularly well suited to Bel Cantanti's informal staging and its troupe of talented young singers..." (read complete review)

"Bel Cantanti’s triumphant performance of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro at the Embassy of Austria offers useful hints to many musical organizations in the area..." (read complete review)

" This is great Christmas time fare - I’m talking about Mozart’s wonderfully light-hearted opera, "Le Nozze di Figaro"(The Marriage of Figaro) being staged by the Bel Cantanti Opera Company... All of the singers are, in my opinion, ready for the Met..." (read complete review)
Salut a la France! Tribute to French Opera. (more photos)

"Katerina Souvorova's ambitious Bel Cantanti Opera Company, a troupe of young up-and-coming singers, regularly programs two operas and two concerts of arias a year. ...Baritone Bryan Jackson projected enormous energy and considerable beauty in everything he touched, ... Soprano Keesun Kwon gave a knock-out reading of the "Bell Song" from Delibes' "Lakme"; mezzo Jessica Renfro's Carmen in the "Habanera" aria was convincingly steamy and seductive; and soprano Rhea Walker lavished a warm sound and fine diction on Salome's aria "Il est doux, il est bon" from Massenet's "Herodiade" ... " (read complete review)