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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 2019-2020

World Premiere

Briscula the Magician

Opera in two acts

Music by Frances Pollock

Libretto by Bob Misbin

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A story of love and hate in Mussolini's Italy. Inspired by Thomas Mann's Mario and the Magician.
In English, fully staged, in costume. Accompanied by a chamber orchestra

Briscula: Peter Burroughs; Claudio: Michael Butler; Giovanni: John Harrison; Silvestra: Leah Brzyski;
Man From the City: John Scherch; His Wife: Gretchen Krupp; Edward Buchleiter: Christian Simmons;
Soffronia Veronesi Rachel Sigman; Michele Veronesi: Matthey Lulofs, Georgio: Daniel Edward Sampson.
Cecilia: Melissa Chavez; Thugs: Carlos Rodriguez, Gregory Stuart, Bill Pastor.

Stage Director: Jennifer Blades
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Artistic Director, Producer Katerina Souvorova

Champagne Toast!

A holiday concert of opera, operetta and jazz favorites.


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Gustavo Ahualli (baritone), Emily Casey (soprano), Katie Manukyan (soprano), Allan Palacios Chan (tenor), Evgenia Pirshina (mezzo soprano), Alex Alburqueque (baritone), Eric Gramatges (baritone).

Marie Harrison, script writer
Ksenya Litvak, designer
Katerina Souvorova, pianist.

BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Dr, Germantown, MD 20874


An opera in three acts by G. Verdi


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Rigoletto: Gustavo Feulien; Gilda: Chelsea Lehnea; Duke of Mantua: Han JeongWook
Sparafucile: Christian Isaiah Simmons; Maddalena: Laura Zahn;
Borsa: Michael Butler; Marullo: Justin Harrison; Count Ceprano: Eric Gramatges;
Monterone: Elliot Matheny; Giovanna: Jazmine Olwalia;
Countess Ceprano, Page: Amanda Staub; Usher: Joseph Kaz, Ted Kerrick

Stage Director: Catrin Davies
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Stage Designer: Robert Salm
Artistic Director, Producer Dr. Katerina Souvorova

Muses Sing!

A concert of the art songs by four women composers: Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann (Wieck), Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Fanny Mendelssohn. In collaboration with the Olney Ballet theatre.

Jessica Adkins Acosta: soprano; Marie Marquis: soprano;
Victoria Koreneva: mezzo soprano; Allan Chan: tenor.

Igor Zubkovsky: cello; Eugeny Sidorov: oboe; Katerina Souvorova: keyboard.
John Scherch: narration, poetry reading.
Choreographer: Erica Molina Hudak.