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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 2015-2016


An opera in one act by G. C. Menotti.


Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Simone Brown; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Katy Leon; Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Production Designer: Olga Shpitalna
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Ruslan and Ludmila

Magic Russian opera by Michail Glinka.
In collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers and The Olney Ballet.

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Ludmila: Mizuho Takeshita, Meagan Sill; Ruslan: Joshua Hong;
Ratmir: Alecia DuPont, Megan Heavner; Farlaf: Alex Alburqueque; Gorislava: Katie Manukyan;
Finn: Dane Suarez; Bayan: Mike Dodge; Prince Svetozar Raymont Ghattas;
Naina: Ashlyn Mazone; Chernomore: Robert Feng.

Stage Director : Joshua Hong
Stage Designer : Olga Shpitalna
Choreographers: Patricia Berrend and Elena Inbrokova-Jones
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows.
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

L'Elisir d'Amore

Melodramma giocoso, a comic opera in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti.

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Nemorino: Youngchul Park; Adina: Meagan Sill; Dr. Dulcamara: Kwang Kyu Lee;
Belcore: Alex Alburqueque; Gianetta: Aani Bourassa

Ensemble: Evelyn Tsen, Seana Grace, Reba Smith Winstead, Elliot Matheny.

Stage Director: Julia Mintzer
Production Designer: Charlies Ogilvie
Costume Designer: Kristina Marie Martin
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Amahl and the Night Visitors

A Christmas opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti.

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Amahl: Hannah Slayton, Daniel Goldscmidt-Hopkinson, Mother: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Anamer Castrello, King Kaspar: Peter Joshua Burroughs, King Melchior: Alex Alburqueque, Mark Wanich, King Balthazar: Ethan Lee Greene, Page: Kevin Nejad

Chorus of the schepeherds, Dancers: Reba Winstead, Joseph Kaz, Cara Jestes, Sandra Gust, Katherine Winstead, Mary Frances Dini, Kelly Dobbs, Valentina Simon, children of the Bethesda Youth Choir.

Mozart's Don Giovanni

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Don Giovanni: Rob McGinness; Donna Anna: Merideth Marano, Jennifer Lynn Waters; Leporello: Kwang Kyu Lee; Don Ottavio: Youngchul Park; Donna Elvira: Claire Galloway; Zerlina: Meghan McCall; Mazetto: Joshua Hong; Il Commendatore: Ethan Green.

Stage Director : Eve Summer
Stage Designers: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar
Costume Designer: Linda Jenks
Fight Choreographer: Eric Gramatges
Choreographer: Leonid Frolov
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova