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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 2020-2021

Carry My Heart Away

Songs and Duets by P. I. Tchaikovsky


Asmik Arutiuniants, soprano; Claire Galloway, soprano
Viktoria Koreneva, mezzo soprano; Evgenia Pirshina, contralto
Michael Butler, tenor; Rob McGinness, baritone.
Live illustrations by Ksenya Litvak
Narration: Katerina Souvorova

Hansel and Gretel

E. Humperdinck

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A beautifull fairy tale opera-movie created in time of Covid. Recorded digitally. Filmed in the open air.
Staged, performed in English with English captions. In costumes. With singers, puppets and a lot of magic.

Streaming on Zoom, Vimeo

Saturday, February 6, at 8:00pm

Gretel: Kelly Curtin; Hansel: Ashley Kay Armstrong; Witch: Max Zander;
Dew Fairy: Evelyn Tsen; Sandman: James M. Brown; Father: Daniel Neer;
Narrator: James M. Brown.

Stage Director: Catrin Davies
Costume Designer: Ksenya Litvak
Puppets: Ksenya Litvak
Director of Phography and Video, Editor: Brydon Geisler
Writer: Genevieve Wall
Makeup: Ksenia Volkova
Camera Operator: Eric Gramatges
Music Director, Editor:Katerina Souvorova
Piano, harp, flute accompaniment: Katerina Souvorova
Producer: Katerina Souvorova

The Little Match Girl

A Christmas story based on the fairy tale by H.C. Andersen

A fairy tale, recorded during the time of Covid. Christmas carols sung by the Bel Cantanti Digital choir, recorded and performed acapella. Accompanied by narrations and berautiful "live " illustrations by Ksenya Litvak.

Bel Cantanti Choir: Pia Williams; Melissa Tewis, Annie Gill, Evelyn Tsen, Anamer Castrello, Farah Kidwai, Alexandria Zallo Peter Joshua Burroughs, Benjamin Goodrich, Allan Palacios Chan, Robin McGinness, John Boulanger, John Scherch, Sean Pflueger.

Narration: Annie Gill, Peter Joshua Burroughs
Art Work: Ksenia Litvak
Music director, Editor Katerina Souvorova
Producer Katerina Souvorova

The Magic Flute

Quintet Hm Hm Hm Hm

A socially distant opera. Recorded remotely.

Tamino: Allan Palacios Chan; Papageno: Joseph Baker; First Lady: Emily Casey;
Second Lady: Clarie Galloway; Third Lady: Anamer Castrello.

Music director, Editor Katerina Souvorova
Costumes, Props Ksenya Litvak
Piano and water glasses accompaniment Katerina Souvorova
Producers: SideXSide Studios: Deanna DelCiello, Kathryn Carlson, Liza Slutskaya.