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    Season 2010-2011

    C. Gounod Romeo et Juliette

    Romeo: Eric Gramatges, William Davenport, Juliette: Jennifer Edwards, Chun-Ting Chao, Frere Laurent: Kwang Kyu Lee, Count Capulet: Jye-Sung Moon, Tybald: Ted Kerrick, Stephano: Abigail Fischer, Emily Righter, Mercutio: Andrew Sauvageau, Gertrude: Anamer Castrello, Paris: Jason Buckwalter, Benvolio: Darnell Roulhac, The Duke: Benjamin LaPrarie.

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    G. Rossini L’Italiana in Algeri

    Mustafa: Kwang Kyu Lee, Isabella: Myeonsook Park, Lindoro: Anthony Webb, Taddeo: Erick McKeever, Haly: Charles Hyland, Elvira: Sarah Heisler, Zulma: Alexis Tantau

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    Bach Coffee Cantata

    Menotti Amahl and the Night Visitors

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    Amahl

    Lieschen: Ashley Alden; Schlendrian: Charlie Hyland; Narrator: Ben Lurye.

    Amahl: Jennifer Weingartner, Crossley Hawn; Mother: Francesca Aguado; King Caspar: Ben Lurye; King Melchior: Charlie Hyland; King Balthazar: Kevin Johnson; Page: Zain Shariff, Rameen Chaharbaghi;

    Sheppherds, dancers: Kasey Wilson, Ashley Alden, Corinne Baker, Rebecca Lynn, Sandy Gust, Brian Hill, Rameen Chaharbaghi, Zain Shariff.

    Great Opera Moments

    Katerina Souvorova leaves her mark on D.C. music scene.

    Opera Moments

    Bel Cantanti Opera and New Dominion Chorale, under the leadership of its founder and artistic director, Thomas Beveridge presented an outstanding concert of arias, scenes and opera choruses on Sunday, October 24 at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center of the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

    The concert, Great Opera Moments, featured soloists who perform with the Metropolitan Opera Company, including Shannon Roberts, soprano; Kevin Courtemanche, tenor; and Mikhail Svetlov, bass. Katerina Souvorova, artistic director of Bel Cantanti, provided the piano accompaniment to the program.

    R. Leoncavallo I Pagliacci

    G. Puccini Gianni Schicchi

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    Pagliacci

    Gianni Schicchi: Daniel Quintana; Rinuccio: Nathan Carlisle; Zita: Myeongsook Park; Simone: Jerett Gieseler; Betto: Andrew Adelsberger; Lauretta: Courtney Ross; Nella: Ashley Alden; Marco: Thomas Gunther; La Ciesca: Katelyn Jackman; Gherardo: Eric Gramatges; Maestro Spineloccio, Notary: Jim Krabbendam, Rameen Chaharbaghi; Pinellino: Chris Bowen; Guccio: Zain Shariff; Gherardino: Stephen Shaffran.

    Canio: Kevin Courtemanche; Nedda: Maryann Mootos; Tonio: Jerett Gieseler; Silvio: Thomas Gunther; Peppe: Nathan Carlisle.

    Vilagers, chorus: Andrew Adelsberger, Eric Gramatges, Katie Bransford, Ashley Alden, Courtney Ross, Katelyn Jackman, Katherine Latham, Sissel Bakken, Charlie Hyland, Chris Bowen, Rameen Chaharbaghi, Zain Shariff