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Kathleen McGhee
(September 29th, 1956 – September 1st, 2013) served as a Founding Director and Costume Designer of Bel Cantanti Opera since December 2003. She designed BCO performances of Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Cosi Fan Tutte, Rigoletto, Die Fledermaus, L’Elisir d’Amore, Eugene Onegin, Barber of Seville, Daughter of the Regiment, Hansel and Gretel, The Magic Flute, Aleko, Iolanta and so many other operas. Kathleen also was a pianist and harpist and held an undergraduate and two graduate degrees in music.

Rest in Peace, dear friend, amazing musician, a person of rare beauty, generous heart and kindness.



 

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" Bel Cantanti reminds us that our region's smaller companies are arguably smarter, better stewards of the art form, spending more wisely than the big-budget houses, presenting sturdy, smaller-scaled evenings of opera..."

                                                                                     Tom Huizenga. Washington Post, September 27, 2010

AUDITIONS!


- BCO is auditioning children for the role of Amahl in Menotti's Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, which BCO is presenting in December 2015. We would prefer to select a boy of 11-14y.o.(high voice)

- BCO is auditioning children of 7-11 and 12-18 for The Bel Cantanti Youth Conservatory

- BCO is auditioning children of 8-18 for the Bethesda Children Chorus.

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Audition dates: August 29 (12-8) and September 12 (12-8) by appointment at Concord-St. Andrew UMChurch (5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda, MD).
Audition requirements: One monologue (1 minute maximum) and 1 song selection of your choice from musical theater, opera or Disney.
To schedule an audition contact us at auditions@belcantanti.com
More information about BCO Youth Conservatory here.

Don Giovanni

Passion, jelousy, seduction, virtue... in unforgetable story by Lorenzo Da Ponte and timeless music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Sung in Italian with English supertitles, fully staged, in costume, accompanied by chamber ensemble..

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Don Giovanni: Rob McGinness; Donna Anna: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Merideth Marano; Leporello: Kwang Kyu Lee; Don Ottavio: Youngchul Park; Donna Elvira: Claire Galloway; Zerlina: Meghan McCall; Mazetto: Joshua Hong; Il Commendatore: Ethan Green.

Stage Director: Dirk Schattner
Stage Designers: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar
Costume Designer: Linda Jenks
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Friday, October 23, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm
Friday, October 30, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 1, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd. Theater, 4010 Randoplh Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com Buy tickets and at the door
Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.
Ticket information: (240) 230 - 7372 or at tickets@belcantanti.com

Amahl and the Night Visitors

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Saturdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 7:30pm
Concord-Saint Andrews United Methodist Church's theater, 5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda, MD.

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com Buy tickets and at the door
Adult: $30, Senior: $25, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $20.
Ticket information: (240) 230 - 7372 or at tickets@belcantanti.com

L'Elisir d'Amore

How to win a love of the girl that you are in love with? Of course, drinking a magic "love potion", which happens to be simply cheap Bordeaux wine. A firework of love, laughter and beautiful bel canto melodies. You will leave the performance whistling your favorite tunes. Sung in Italian with English super-titles, fully staged, in costume, accompanied by the chamber ensemble.

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Nemorino: TBA; Adina: Mizuho Takeshita; Dr. Dulcamara: Kwang Kyu Lee; Belcore: Alex Alburqueque; Gianetta: TBA

Stage Director: Julia Mintzer
Stage Designer: Olga Shpitalna
Costume Designer: Linda Jenks
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Friday, March 4, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 6, 3:00pm
Friday, March 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 13, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd. Theater, 4010 Randoplh Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com Buy tickets and at the door
Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.
Ticket information: (240) 230 - 7372 or at tickets@belcantanti.com

Ruslan and Ludmila

Magic fair tale by Michail Glinka. Sung in Russian with English super-titles, semi-staged, in costume, accompanied by the projections of fine art.

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Stage Designer : Olga Shpitalna Costume Designer: Linda Jenks
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova
Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm
Saturday, May 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, May 15, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd. Theater, 4010 Randoplh Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com Buy tickets and at the door
Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.
Ticket information: (240) 230 - 7372 or at tickets@belcantanti.com