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    Season 2013-2014

    F. Handel Serse (The Xerxes)

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    Serse: Desiree Maira, Romilda: Anna Feucht, Arsamene: Brennan Hall, Atalanta: Julia Ebner, Amastre: Sarah Kraus, Melanie Ashkar, Ariodate: Andrew Potter, Elviro: Daryl Yoder.

    Stage Director: Peter Kozma, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar, Costume designer: Adalia Vera Tonneyck, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

    A Birthday Toast! Bel Cantanti Opera's 10th Anniversary Concert.

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    It is here! We are ten years old. These years have been exciting! More than three hundred singers have become Bel Cantanti family, almost fifty different shows have been performed. From our first Amahl and the Night Visitors in December of 2003, we have come a long way to Die Fledermaus in December 2013. The concert was a beautiful reunion of great singers, who performed the arias, duets and ensembles from BCO's past and present.

    A Toast to Champagne! BCO 10th Anniversary concert at the Embassy of Singapore.

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    Rosalinde: Huanhuan Ma; Eisenstein: Aaron Halevy; Adele: Laura Whittenberger; Falke: Michael Celentano; Frank: Adam Sterling; Prince Orlovsky: Rebecca Henry; Ida: Leslie Zapiain; Bodyguard: Eric Gramatges; Guests of Prince Orlovsky: Dan Noone, Lingling Peng, Meredith Marano, Brie Pasko, Charlotte Stewart, Adriana del Castillo, Ted Kerrick.

    Accompanied on the piano by Artistic director of BCO Dr. Katerina Souvorova. Set design by Olga Shpitalna.

    J. Strauss Die Fledermaus (The Bat)

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    Rosalinde: Merideth Marano, Huanhuan Ma; Eisenstein: Aaron Halevy; Adele: Laura Whittenberger, Brieann Pasko, Liz Lalor; Alfred: Dan Noone, Michael Celentano; Falke: Eric McKeever; Blind: David Artz; Ted Kerrick; Frank: Adam Sterling; Prince Orlovsky: Jacqueline Karle, Rebecca Henry; Ida: Leslie Zapiain, Charlotte Woolley, Adriana del Castillo.

    S. Rachmaninoff. Concert of Song and Opera

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    A concert of Russian vocal music. Well known and loved songs as well as unknown romances and operatic music. The concert is accompanied by projections of Russian art of 18th through 21st century and English translations of the Russian texts.

    Performers: Cristina Nassiff, Chantelle Grant, Ashley Alden, Gustavo Ahualli, Jeffrey Springer, Michal Celentano.

    Accompanied on the piano by Artistic director of BCO Dr. Katerina Souvorova. Set design by Olga Shpitalna. Supertitles: Anna Engelsone.

    J. Offenbach Orphee aux Enfers (Orpheus in Underworld)

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    Stage Director: Guillaume Tourniaire

    Choreographer: Jenna Babyak

    Costumes: Rachel Feola

    Euridice: Catherine Wethington, Kelly Curtin; Orphee: Joey Wilson; Public Opinion: Lindsey Paradise; Offenbach: Adam Sterling.

    Gods and Goddesses: Pluto/Aristee: Aurelio Dominguez; Jupiter: Ted Kerrick, Michael Celentano; Cupid: Rebecca Henry, Diane:Emma Gorin, Allison Clendaniel; Venus: Katie Bransford, Nilam Brown; Mercury: Anais Naharro-Murphy; Minevre: Leah Manning, Erin Wein: Junon: Jenna Babyak, Michelle Kelly; Mars: Adam Sterling; Styx: Joe Thordarson.