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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 2017-2018

Lucia di Lammermoor

An opera by G. Donizetti


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Lucia : Mizuho Takeshita; Edgardo : James Kil; Enrico : Rob McGinness; Raimondo : Kwang Kyu Lee;
Arturo : Andrew Ellis; Normanno : Rafealito Ross; Alice : Elise Christina Jenkins.

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


A fairytale opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov


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First performance in Russian in US. In collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers (director Elena Indrokova-Jones) and The Olney Ballet (director Patricia Berrend).

Sadko (gusli player): Patrick Cook; Lyubava (his wife): Viktoria Vita Koreneva; Volkhova (sea princess): Katie Manukyan; Nezhata (young singer): Anna Yelizarova;
Duda(minstrel): Elliot Matheny; Sopel (minstrel): Andrew Ellis;
The Varangian guest: Kwang Kyu Lee; Indian Guest: Allan Chan; Venetian Guest : Robin McGinness;
The Sea King : Kwang Kyu Lee; The Apparition : Robin McGinness;
Elder I : James Kil; Elder II : John Scherch.

Choreographers: Patricia Berrend, Elena Indrokova Jones
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

What is this thing called LOVE?

Valentine's Concert


She : Anastasiya Roytman (soprano); He : James Kil (tenor)
At the piano: BCO Artistic Director, Dr. Katerina Souvorova

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

An operetta-ballet by P. Viardot and F. Chopin


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Marie (Cinderella): Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu (her father): Eric Gramatges; Armelinde (another daughter of Pictordu): Amanda Staub; Maguelonne (another daughter of Pictordu): Evelyn Tsen; La Fée (Fairy Godmother): Joanna Jones; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule (Prince's Valet): Aurelio Dominguez.

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

Puerto Rico. Benefit Concert


Bel Cantanti Opera company in collaboration with The Olney Ballet Theater and Four Seasons Dancers in an evening of the operatic favorites, excerpts from Tchaikovsky's ballet "Nutcracker" and "Dances around the world"

Soprano Anastasiya Roytman, baritone Gustavo Ahualli, tenor James Kil
mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello, soprano Gyuyeon Shanel Shim.

Olney Ballet Theater (director Patricia Berrend)
Four Seasons Dancers (director Elena Indrokova-Jones)
Bel Cantanti Opera (director Katerina Souvorova)

The Magic Flute

An opera-cameo by W. Mozart


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Pamina : Melissa Chavez; Tamino : Andrew Ellis; Sarastro : Ethan Green; Queen of the Night: Kelly Curtin, Lauren Randolph; First Lady: Emily Casey; Second Lady: Aani Bourassa; Third Lady: Anamer Castrello; Papagena: Evelyn Tsen; Monostatos: Peter Burroughs.

Eugene Onegin


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Tatiana : Anastasiya Roytman; Onegin : Robin McGinness; Lensky : Youngchul Park; Olga: Elizabeth Sarian;
Madame Larina : Aani Bourassa; Filippyevna: Louisa Waycott, Emily Crockett; Triquet: Peter Burroughs;
Prince Gremin: Ethan Green, Kwang Kyu Lee.

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