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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 2014-2015

P. Tchaikovsky's Iolanta

A miltimedia production accompanied by the images of fine art. Sung in Russian with English super-titles. fully staged, in costume. Accompanied by the a chamber ensemble.


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Iolanta: Julia Turnbull, Mizuho Takeshita; Vaudemount: Lindell Carter; King Rene: Kwang Kyu Lee; Ibn-Khakia: Joshua Hong; Duce Robert: Rob McGinness; Brighitta: Michelle Fegeas; Laura: Claire Galloway; Marta: Megan Heavner; Bertrand: Joseph Chee; Iolanta's Girlfriends Belinda Lau, Grace Srinivasan.

Gustav MahlerIch Bin Der Welt Abhanden (I am lost to the world)


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A spring production of Bel Cantanti, an opera-play in one act based on the music of Gustav Mahler. Fully staged, in costume. Directed by Dirk Schattner. A multi media production.

Kathryn Wieckhorst, Robert McGinness, Meghan McCall, Mike Dodge. Stage Director: Dirk Schattner. Choreographer: Erica Molina Hudak. Set Design: Olga Shpitalna. Costume Design: Linda Jenks.Producer: Katerina Souvorova. Sung in German with projected English super titles. A multi- media production.

N. Rimsky Korsakov Sneguroshka (The Snow Maiden)



Snegurochka: Mizuho Takeshita, Marcelle Quirk, Lel: Taylor-Alexis DuPont, Kupava: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Julia Turnbull, Mizgir : Robert McGinnes, Spring Beauty: Lindsey Paradise, Father Frost: Kwang Kyu Lee, Tsar Berendey Dane Suarez, Snowmaiden's girlfriends: Maureen Brabec, Nilam Brown, Alina Goldman, Katy Leon.

Four Seasons Dancers. Choreographer: Elena Indrokova Jones.

A concert performance, sung in Russian with projected English super titles and the images of Russian fine art. Produced, coached and accompanied by Katerina Souvorova.

E. Kalman Die Csardasfurstin (The Princess of Gsardas).

Die Csardasfurstin
Die Csardasfurstin

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Sylva Varescu: Merideth Marano, Edwin Ronald: Rogelio B. Penaverde Jr, Countess Stasi : Emma Gorin, Count Boni Kancsianu: Andrew Sauvageau, Feri von Kerekes: Gregory Stuart. Show Girls: Robin Steitz, Ashlyn Mazone, Becky Henry, Hila Brod. Prince: Eric Gramatges, Princess: Meghan Taylor, Ronsdorff: Dirk Schattner, Kish Andrew Potter, Soldier: Gary O'Connor.

Stage Director: Dirk Schattner, Andrew Potter, Set Designer: Murat Tasar, Light Designer: Michael Celentano, Costume Designer: Elena Imbrokova Jones, Emma Gorin, Make Up: Ashlyn Mazone Lucas, Pianist: : Nicholas Catravas, Producer: Katerina Souvorova.

Oh! What a Wonderful World!

A Thanksgiving concert of popular opera and musical favorites.


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Meredith Marano, Emma Gorin, Bryan Jackson, Robert McGinniss, Andrew Potter, Rogelio Penaverde.

J. Massenet Cendrillon.


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Lucette/Cendrillon: Jaime Korkos, Le Prince Charmant : Cindy Elkins, La Fee: Kimberlee Christie,
Pandolfe: Zack Rabin, Madame de la Haltiere: Monifa Harris, Noemie: Keely Borland, Dorothee: Erica Convery, Le Roi: Joshua Hong, Le Doyen de la Faculte: David Wolff, Le Premier Ministre: Simon Charette, 1st Spirit: Anais Naharro-Murphy, 2nd Spirit: Audrey Frieberg, 3rd Spirit: Hila Brod, 4th Spirit: Jeanine Shea, 5th Spirit: Ashlyn Mazone-Lucas, 6th Spirit: Jenna Babyak.

Stage Director: Guillaume Tourniaire, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Props designer: Murat Tasar, Light Designer: Jason Brinke, Costume designer: Emma Gorin, Make up: Daniel Cage,
Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

J. Bach Coffee Cantata and G. Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress)

Schlendrian : Francois Loup, Lieschen: Meghan McCall, Narrator: Andrew Hann.

Uberto: Andrew Adelsberger, Serpina: Meghan McCall, Vespone: Andrew Hann.

Stage Director: Francois Loup, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova