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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:

AUDITIONS!

Bel Cantanti Opera Summer Music Festival 2016.


The MUSIC of the RUSSIAN SOUL. Russian Opera Workshop. An intense immersion in Russian Diction and Russian operatic repertoire.
SEUSSICAL. Youth Music Camp. A fully staged musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.

Auditions are held at the Concord-St. Andrews UM Church, 5910 Goldsboro Rd, Bethesda) on January 30, 2016 (for more details visit the Summer Festival page).

The Music of the Russian Soul

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LEARN RUSSIAN, READ RUSSIAN, SING RUSSIAN!
Learn to read Russian without IPA, learn about Russian opera, school of singing. Daily masterclasses, vocal performance seminars, coachings with the native speakers.
Make Russian a language you love to sing on.
Eugene Onegin, Life for the Tsar, Snowmaiden, Aleko, Mazeppa, Demon, Tsar's Bride, War and Piece and more.

When: June 5-26, 2016
Where: Concord - St. Andrews UM Church
Who: Young and seasoned professionals. (20-35 y.o)
Auditions: January 30, 11am-9pm, CSA UM Church
Materials: Application, Current Resume, Headshot, Recent recording, Application Fee $25

Performances:
1. An Evening of Russian Art Song June 11, 2016 (Romances of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Schostakovich, Sviridov.)
2. Two performances of The Music of the Russian Soul (arias, duets, opera scenes from the operas of Russian Composers).
Tuition: $500-$700 - depending on particip[ation and repertoire.
Housing: Limited housing is available for out of town singers
Transportation: Provided by the participants.
Contact: auditions@belcantanti.com

SEUSSICAL

Fully staged, choreographed, in costume.
When: June 20-July 17, 2016. Monday through Friday 12pm-5pm
Where: Concord - St. Andrews UM Church
Who: Kids, Youth and Young professionals. (10-20 y.o)
Auditions: January 30, 11am-9pm, CSA UM Church
Materials: Application, Photo, Short Bio, Costume Measurements, Application Fee $25
Performances:Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
Tuition: $1000
Contact: auditions@belcantanti.com
Transportation: Provided by the participants and their parents.

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: Dane Suarez; Adina: Meagan Sill; Dr. Dulcamara: Ethan Lee Green; Belcore: Alex Alburqueque; Gianetta: TBA

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

Saturday, March 5, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 6, 3:00pm
Saturday, March 12, 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

Past Performances

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

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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