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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:

Eugene Onegin

An opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

onegin                                   (Tatiana: Mariann Mootos; Onegin: Jue-Sung Moon, BCO production of 2011 )

Romantic Russian story of love by A. Pushkin, put on music by P. Tchaikovsky. Opera-cameo, sung in Russian with projected English supertitles. Accompanied by piano. In costume, semi-staged.

Tatiana : Diane Kalinowsky; Onegin : Robin McGinness; Lensky : Youngchul Park; Olga: Elizabeth Sarian;
Madame Larina : Aani Bourassa; Fillipyevna: Emily Crockett, Louisa Waycott; Triquet: Peter Burroughs;
Prince Gremin: Ethan Green, Kwang Kyu Lee; French Ambassador: Mike Dodge.

Saturday, October 7, at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 14, at 7:30pm
Theatre of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda , MD.)

Stage Director: Helen Aberger
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or tickets@belcantanti.com
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

The Magic Flute

An opera-cameo by W. Mozart

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Magic story of Love, Courage, Good and Evil performed by the singers and human-sized puppets Bumraku. Innovative and exquisite, performed in German with English dialogues, projected English supertitles. Accompanied by piano, fully staged.

Pamina : Melissa Chavez; Tamino : Allan Chan; Sarastro : Ethan Green; Queen of the Night: Kally Curtin; First Lady : Keely Borland; Second Lady: Aani Bourassa; Thirsd Lady: Anamer Castrello; Papagena: Evelyn Tsen; Monostatos: Peter Burroughs.

Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12, at 5:00pm
Theatre of the Wesley United Methodist Church (5312 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.)

Friday, November 17, at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 18, at 7:30pm
Theatre of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda, MD.)

Stage Director: Helen Aberger
Stage Designer and Puppet Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or tickets@belcantanti.com
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Cendrillon (Cinderella)

An operetta-ballet in One Act. Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin

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Beautiful French operetta. Everybody's favorite story sung and danced on the music of Pauline Viardot and Frederic Chopin. Performed in costume, fully staged. Sung in French with English spoken dialogues. English supertitles.
In collaboration with the Olney Ballet Theatre.

Marie (Cinderella): Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu (her father): Eric Gramatges; Armelinde (another daughter of Pictordu): Amanda Staub; Maguelonne(another daughter of Pictordu): Evelyn Tsen; La Fée (Fairy Godmother): Joanna Jones, Kelly Curtin; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule(Prince's Valet): Brandon Lockhart.

Saturday, December 23, at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 30, at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 6, at 7:30pm
Theatre of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church (5910 Goldsboro Rd. Bethesda , MD.)

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes, Helen Aberger
Choreographer: Runqiao Du
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or tickets@belcantanti.com
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Sadko

A fairytale opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov

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Russian city of Novgorod in the 12th century. Young gusli-player Sadko, travels around the world, finding love, wisdom and knowledge, magic and truth. Performed in costume, fully staged.
Second performance in US, after 1930. The opera is filled with incredible melodies, colors, dances and images of medieval Rus. Sung in Russian with English projected supertitles and imagery. In collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers (director Elena Indrokova-Jones) and The Olney Ballet (director Patricia Berrend).
Don't miss your chance to see this rare and exquisite production.

Sadko (gusli player): TBD; Lyubava (his wife): Viktoria Vita Koreneva; Volkhova (sea princess): Katie Manukyan;
Nezhata (young singer): Megan Heavner; Duda(skomorokh): Elliot Matheny; Sopel (skomorokh): Michael Dodge;
The Varangian guest: Kwang Kyu Lee; Indian Guest: Allan Chan; Venetian Guest : Robin McGinness;
The Sea King : Kwang Kyu Lee; The Apparition : Robin McGinness.

Saturday, December 23, at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 30, at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 6, at 7:30pm
Randolph Rd. Theater (4010 Randolph Rd. Silver Spring, MD)


Choreographers: Patricia Berrend, Elena Indrokova Jones
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or tickets@belcantanti.com
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Lucia di Lammermoor

An opere by G. Donizetti

lucia                                                (Lucia: Meghan McCall. BCO production of 2007)

A hunting story about love, passion and jealousy. Famous melodies, brilliant bel canto singing. Opera is fully staged, performed in Italian with English supertitles. In costume. Accompanied by orchestra.

Lucia : Mizuho Takeshita; Edgardo : James Kil; Enrico : Blas Canedo Gonzalez; Raymondo : Kwang Kyu Lee.

Sunday, May 20, at 3:00pm
Saturday, May 26, at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 27, at 3:00pm
Randolph Rd. Theater (4010 Randolph Rd. Sinlver Spring, MD)

Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tickets are sold online through www.eventbrite.com and at the door.
Information: (240)230-7372 or tickets@belcantanti.com
Go to Eventbrite Adult: $40, Senior: $35, Student: $15. Groups of 10 and more: $30.

Past Performances:

Cendrillon

Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin

cendrillon

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Marie : Melissa Chavez; Le Baron de Pictordu : Eric Gramatges; Armelinde : Amanda Staub; Maguelonne: Evelyn Tsen; La Fée : Joanna Jones; Le Prince Charmant: Joseph Kaz; Le Comte Barigoule: Brandon Lockhart.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Choreographer: Runqiao Du
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Zanetto

Le Villi

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Anna: Jennifer Lynn Waters; Roberto: James Chamberlaine; Guglielmo: Taesung Kim;
Silvia: Emma McDermott; Zanetto: Victoria Koreneva.

Stage Director: David Carl Toulson
Stage Designer: Ksenia Litvak
Lighting Designer: Marianne Meadows
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)

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Hoffmann: Lindell Carter; Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta, Stella: Mizuho Takeshita; Lindorf, Coppelius, Miracle, Dapertutto: Cody Muller; Nicklausse, Muse, Chost: Claire Galloway; Andres, Nathanael, Spalanzani, Franz, Pitichinaccio: Michael Dodge; Luther, Crespel: John Scherch; Hermann, Schlemil: Eric Gramatges.

Mozart and Salieri

La Voix Humaine (The Human Voice)

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Elle: Rachel Elise Sigman; Mozart: Michael Dodge; Salieri: Rob McGinness, Blind Violinist: Eric Gramatges; Servant: Kathleen Alvania.

Stage Director: Corinne Hayes
Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Tribute to G. Puccini

Suor Angelica

Puccini's Heroines from Le Villi to Turandot

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Angelica: Jennifer Lynn Waters, Lea Stewart - Hill; Principessa: Megan Heavner
Sisters: Cheryl Kerrick, Cindy Harris Elkins, Katharina Acosta, Rachel Sitomer, Maureen Brabec, Shaina Kuhn, Emily Crockett, Laura Snyderman, Joanna Jones, Mia Rojas, Katy Leon, Shoshana Haag.
Children's chorus: Merideth Abramson, Hana Looney, Skylar Smith, Rubi Garritano, Gaury Dandi, Eloise Dawney, Maria Klosovsky, Sofia Colon, Lucy Mencimer, Isabella Artino

Concert: Rosa d'Imperio, Sarah Heisler, Emma McDermott, Jillian Finnamore.

Pianists: David Hill, Katerina Souvorova

Producer and Artistic Director: Katerina Souvorova

Medium

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) . In collaboration with The Olney Ballet Theatre. Director: Patricia Berrend. Choreographers: Erin and Runjiao Du. Accompanied by BCO chamber orchestra.

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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. Stage Director: Corinne Hayes.
Unicorn Ensemble: Cheryll Kerrick, Evelyn Tsen, Jennifer Lynn Waters, Melissa Chavez, Erika Rodden, Louisa Waycott, Anamer Castello, Michael Dodge, Mark Bublitz, Ted Kerrick, Eric Gramatges, Chris Edwards,Ethan Lee Greene.
Unicorn Dancers: Max Maisey, Daniel Cooke, Therese Gahl, Leo Hishikawa, Mackenzie Rawls, Quaba Ernest, Gianna Bartolini, Maya Illanes, Katish Sussman, Rachel Switzer.