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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."

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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

Upcoming Performances of the Season:


The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore

An Evening with G. C. Menotti. Menotti's one-act opera Medium and a "madrigal fable" for chorus and dancers The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore (The Three Sundays of a Poet) .

Fully staged, in costume, sung in English with projected images and supertitles.
In collaboration with The Olney Ballett. Director: Patricia Berrend.
Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra.



Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Katie Manukyan; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges.

Sunday, September 11 at 3.00pm
Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm
Sunday, September 18 at 3:00pm
Randolph Rd. Theater (4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD.)

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Production Designer: Olga Shpitalna
Choreographer Patricia Berrend
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through and at the door.
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

AUDITIONS! Bel Cantanti Opera Season 2016-2017.

(for more details visit the Auditions page).

G.C. Menotti's Medium and The Unicorn, the Gordon, and the Manticore. September 9-11, 16-18, 2016.
N. Rimsky-Korsakov's Mozart and Salieri and Poulenc's La Voix Humaine. January 20-22, 27-29, 2017.
J. Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, March 3-5, 10-12, 2017
G. Puccini's Le Villi, May 5-7, 12-14, 2017

Past Performances:


A festival production by Gian - Carlo Menotti. Fully staged , in costume. Sung in English.


Madame Flora: Megan Heavner; Monica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Simone Brown; Toby: Michael Dodge; Mrs. Gobineau: Cheryl Kerrick; Mrs. Nolan: Erika Rodden, Katy Leon; Mr. Gobineau: Eric Gramatges.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Production Designer: Olga Shpitalna
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Ruslan and Ludmila

Magic Russian opera by Michail Glinka.
In collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers and The Olney Ballet.


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Ludmila: Mizuho Takeshita, Meagan Sill; Ruslan: Joshua Hong;
Ratmir: Alecia DuPont, Megan Heavner; Farlaf: Alex Alburqueque; Gorislava: Katie Manukyan;
Finn: Dane Suarez; Bayan: Mike Dodge; Prince Svetozar Raymont Ghattas;
Naina: Ashlyn Mazone; Chernomore: Robert Feng.

Stage Director : Joshua Hong
Stage Designer : Olga Shpitalna
Choreographers: Patricia Berrend and Elena Inbrokova-Jones
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows.
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

L'Elisir d'Amore

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Nemorino: Youngchul Park; Adina: Meagan Sill; Dr. Dulcamara: Kwang Kyu Lee; Belcore: Alex Alburqueque; Gianetta: Aani Bourassa

Ensemble: Evelyn Tsen, Seana Grace, Reba Smith Winstead, Elliot Matheny.

Stage Director: Julia Mintzer
Production Designer: Charlies Ogilvie
Costume Designer: Kristina Marie Martin
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Amahl and the Night Visitors


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Amahl: Hannah Slayton, Daniel Goldscmidt-Hopkinson, Mother: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Anamer Castrello, King Kaspar: Peter Joshua Burroughs, King Melchior: Alex Alburqueque, Mark Wanich, King Balthazar: Ethan Lee Greene, Page: Kevin Nejad

Chorus of the schepeherds, Dancers: Reba Winstead, Joseph Kaz, Cara Jestes, Sandra Gust, Katherine Winstead, Mary Frances Dini, Kelly Dobbs, Valentina Simon, children of the Bethesda Youth Choir.

Do You Hear What I Hear? Gala Concert to Benefit the Arts


Mizuho Takeshita, Jennifer Lynn Waters, Emily Casey, Mattia D'Affuso
NIH Community Orchestra (NIHCO)
Hot Club of DC (HC/DC)
and The Jefferson Street Strutters
combined their artistic efforts to present an unforgettable evening of music to raise money to provide a home for performing artists in Bethesda community. All proceeds will fund the improvements to the CSA social hall, making it a center for the performing arts in Bethesda.

Mozart's Don Giovanni


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

Stage Director : Eve Summer
Stage Designers: Olga Shpitalna, Murat Tasar
Costume Designer: Linda Jenks
Fight Choreographer: Eric Gramatges
Choreographer: Leonid Frolov
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova