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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.
"Bel Cantanti Opera continues to be one of the best kept musical secrets in the Washington area."

"The future of opera as fun rather than spectacle or museum piece, lies with such groups as Bel Cantanti Opera."

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"Bel Cantanti… reaffirmed the belief that we are living in a golden age of opera and the hope that opera in America has a promising feature. Bel Cantanti … makes the special magic of opera happen.”
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“… an absolute delight for opera aficionados and the perfect opportunity for timid newbies to be surprised at just how much fun opera can be.”

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"Bel Cantanti Opera has emerged as a great showcase for area talent."

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"Bel Cantanti…shows a serious, focused orientation, high ambition and significant potential."

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Bel Cantanti Mission

Bel Cantanti, an opera company, under the direction of Dr. Katerina Souvorova, was formed in 2003 with the express purpose of giving performance opportunities to local, operatic talent. Its members consist of young opera professionals, whose collective performance experiences include fully staged operatic productions in different venues around the country and abroad.

In December 2003, Bel Cantanti held its first fully–staged opera production, Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors, at St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia, which was received with both enthusiasm and acclaim by the local community. Since then, Bel Cantanti has had continued success with its productions of :

Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore (May 2004, 2007), Verdi’s Rigoletto (October 2004), Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors (December 2004, 2005), Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (March 2005), Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (May 2005), Donizetti’s La Fille du Regiment (September 2005), Humperdink’s Hansel and Gretel (October 2005), Rachmaninoff's Aleko (February 2006), Tchaikovsky's Iolanta (May 2006), Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (December 2006), Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (April 2007), Mozart's Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Puccini's La Boheme, Verdi's La Traviata, Donizetti's Don Pasquale, Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi as well as numerous gala concerts and recitals of opera, operetta and music theater.

It is the hope of Dr. Souvorova and the members of Bel Cantanti Opera company that their organization will be able to provide an affordable and viable option for singers and audiences alike to experience the magic of high quality opera. To enable us to continue our mission Bel Cantanti has filed for and been awarded section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.