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Bel Cantanti Opera 2019-2020 Season Auditions!

Bel Cantanti Opera Company is announcing auditions for its 2019 - 2020 season.

Singers are needed for the following productions:

G. Verdi's Rigoletto (October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2019)

G. Donizetti's Don Pasquale (December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 2019)

Frances Pollock's Mario and the Magician (March 7, 8, 14, 15, 2020, world premiere)

N. Rimsky-Korsakov's May Night (May 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 2020)

Auditions are held on Saturdays 11am-6pm, May 25 at Hefner Auditorium, and June 1 at the Rosborough Theatre of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, MD (409 Russel Ave. Gaithersburg, MD). Pianist is provided free of charge.

To schedule an audition singers need to send via email to
1. a current resume
2. a recent headshot
3. mp3 recording or a link to the website or Youtube
4. an application (click to download)
5. a short bio
5. a costume measurements form (click to download)
6. the application fee of $35, paid online by a credit card. (click to make a payment)

Audition requirements - two arias, one of those should be:
Aria in Italian if auditioning for Rigolettoor Don Pasquale
Aria in Russian, if auditioning for May Night.
Aria in English if auditioning for Mario and the Magician.

Singers auditioning for the lead roles in the opera are required to sing an aria from the opera that they are auditioning for or an aria of very similar style.

Accepted singers will be informed about their audition slot via email. The time slots will be secured only if ALL required materials are submitted.

Bel Cantanti Opera Company auditions singers in the end of each season, in the spring. Please join our mailing list to receive an announcement about the season auditions.

Dr. Katerina Souvorova, General and Artistic Director of BCO auditions singers during the year also. To request audition, please send the application (download it here), your currect resume, headshot and recording if available at