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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 2022-2023

Season 2021-2022

Season 2020-2021

Season 2019-2020

Season 2018-2019


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Season 2016-2017


Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin


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Marie : Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu : Eric Gramatges; Armelinde : Amanda Staub; Maguelonne: Evelyn Tsen; La Fée : Joanna Jones; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule: Brandon Lockhart.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Choreographer: Runqiao Du
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova


Le Villi


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Anna: Jennifer Lynn Waters; Roberto: James Chamberlaine; Guglielmo: Taesung Kim;
Silvia: Emma McDermott; Zanetto: Victoria Koreneva.

Stage Director: David Carl Toulson
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)


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Hoffmann: Lindell Carter; Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Mizuho Takeshita; Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto: Cody Muller; Nicklausse, Muse, Chost: Claire Galloway; Andres, Nathanael, Spalanzani, Franz, Pitichinaccio: Michael Dodge; Luther, Crespel: John Scherch; Hermann, Schlemil: Eric Gramatges.

Mozart and Salieri

La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)

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Elle: Rachel Elise Sigman; Mozart: Michael Dodge; Salieri: Rob McGinness, Blind Violinist: Eric Gramatges; Servant: Kathleen Alvania.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tribute to G. Puccini

Suor Angelica

Puccini's Heroines from Le Villi to Turandot

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Angelica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Lea Stewart - Hill; Principessa: Megan Heavner
Sisters: Cheryl Kerrick, Cindy Harris Elkins, Katharina Acosta, Rachel Sitomer, Maureen Brabec, Shaina Kuhn, Emily Crockett, Laura Snyderman, Joanna Jones, Mia Rojas, Katy Leon, Shoshana Haag.
Children's chorus: Merideth Abramson, Hana Looney, Skylar Smith, Rubi Garritano, Gaury Dandi, Eloise Dawney, Maria Klosovsky, Sofia Colon, Lucy Mencimer, Isabella Artino

Concert: Rosa d'Imperio, Sarah Heisler, Emma McDermott, Jillian Finnamore.

Pianists: David Hill, Katerina Souvorova

Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova


The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore

An Evening with G. C. Menotti. Menotti's one-act opera Medium and a "madrigal fable" for chorus and dancers The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore (The Three Sundays of a Poet) . In collaboration with The Olney Ballet Theatre. Director: Patricia Berrend. Choreographers: Erin and Runjiao Du. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra.



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Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Katie Manukyan; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges. Stage Director: Corinne Hayes.
Unicorn Ensemble: Cheryll Kerrick, Evelyn Tsen, Jennifer Lynn Waters, Melissa Chavez, Erika Rodden, Louisa Waycott, Anamer Castello, Michael Dodge, Mark Bublitz, Ted Kerrick, Eric Gramatges, Chris Edwards,Ethan Lee Greene.
Unicorn Dancers: Max Maisey, Daniel Cooke, Therese Gahl, Leo Hishikawa, Mackenzie Rawls, Quaba Ernest, Gianna Bartolini, Maya Illanes, Katish Sussman, Rachel Switzer.