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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.

Bel Cantanti Opera dedicates all the performances of its 10th anniversary season to Kate McGhee, whose whole life has been given to the arts, music, and opera.


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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

Season 2014 - 2015

Bel Cantanti Youth Conservatory

Sound of music

AUDITIONS for young singers ages 10-18 for: Youth Conservatory at Bel Cantanti Opera.

Audition dates:by appointment.

Audition requirements: One monologue (1 minute maximum) and 2 song selections of your choice from musical theater, opera or Disney.

To schedule an audition contact us at More information about BCO Youth Conservatory here.

G. Massenet Cinderella (Cendrillon).


Lucette/Cendrillon: Jaime Korkos, Le Prince Charmant : Cindy Elkins, Madame de la Haltiere: Monifa Harris, La Fee: Kimberlee Christie, Pandolfe: Zack Rabin, Noemie: Keely Borland, Dorothee: Erica Convery, Le Roi: Joshua Hong, Le Doyen de la Faculte: David Wolff, Le Premier Ministre: Simon Charette, 1st Spirit: Jenna Babyak, 2nd Spirit: Audrey Frieberg, 3rd Spirit: Anais Naharro-Murphy, 4th Spirit: Ashlyn Mazone, 5th Spirit: Jeanine Shea, 6th Spirit: Hila Brod.

Stage Director: Guillaume Tourniaire, Set Designer: Olga Shpitalna, Props designer: Murat Tasar, Light Designer: Jason Brinke, Costume designer: Emma Gorin, Producer, Conductor: Katerina Souvorova

Friday, October 24, 7:30pm

Sunday, October 26, 3:00pm

Saturday, November 1, 7:30pm

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

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Online and at the door Adult: $40, Senior:35, Student: $15, Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Ticket information: (240) 230-7372 or at

E. Kalman The Princess of Gsardas (Die Csardasfurstin).

Die Csardasfurstin

Sylva Varescu: Merideth Marano, Edwin Ronald: Rogelio B. Penaverde Jr, Countess Stasi : Emma Gorin, Count Boni Kancsianu: Andrew Sauvageau, Feri von Kerekes: Andrew Potter. Show Girls: Emily Risley, Becky Henry, Hila Brod. Cavaliers: Aurelio Dominguez, Michael Celentano, Joey Wilson, Eric Gramatges. Ronsdorff: Gary O'Connor.

Friday, December 19, 7:30pm

Sunday, December 21, 3:00pm

Randolph Rd Theater, 4010 Randolph, Silver Spring, MD

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Online and at the door Adult: $40, Senior:35, Student: $15, Groups of 10 and more: $30.

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The 200-seat Randolph Road Theater (which was formerly the old Round House space) is located at the intersection of Randolph Road and Bushey Drive, near major roads Connecticut Avenue, Viers Mill Road and University Boulevard. There is ample parking in the Montgomery County Government complex, parking is free. Getting there by Metro: Twinbrook (Red Line), Wheaton (Red Line), White Flint (Red Line). The theater is wheelchair accessible.

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