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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.
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    Season 2016-2017


    Music by P. Viardot and F. Chopin


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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


    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


    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.