Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Katerina Souvorova, will perform art songs by four women composers: Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann (Wieck), Pauline Viardot-Garcia and Fanny Mendelssohn, on September 14 &15, at Randolph Rd Theater in Silver Spring, MD. “Their music is not known as widely as the music of the men in their lives: Gustav Mahler, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Frederic Chopin. The concert will include narration & poetry reading byJohn Scherch, plus projection of fine art. The concert will be in collaboration with the Olney Ballet, with choreographer Erica Molina Hudak. The soloists will be Jessica Adkins Acosta: soprano; Marie Marquis: soprano; Victoria Koreneva: mezzo soprano; Allan Chan: tenor; Igor Zubkovsky: cello; Eugeny Sidorov: oboe; and Katerina Souvorova: keyboard.
Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Dr. Katerina Souvorova, will perform Verdi'sRigoletto at Randolph Rd Theater in Silver Spring, Marylandon October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27. The production will be fully staged, in costume, sung in Italian with English supertitles, with orchestra. The company was formed in 2003 to give performance opportunities to local operatic talent. Its members consist of young opera professionals, whose collective performance experiences include fully staged operatic productions in different venues around the country and abroad.
Virginia Opera will present Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, conducted by Adam Turner and directed by Lillian Groag, at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, October 12 & 13. The cast will include Ewa Płonka as Floria Tosca, Matthew Vickers as Mario Cavaradossi and Kyle Albertson as Baron Scarpia.The orchestra for this production will be provided by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The volatile tale of romance, jealousy, intrigue and murder is set against the backdrop of Rome on the verge of a military invasion.The opera will be sung in Italian with English Supertitles.
Image below: A scene from a previous production of Tosca.
Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present Little Red's Most Unusual Day - An Opera For Children, with music by Offenbach and Rossini and words and story adaptation by John Davies, on October 26 & 27 at The Arts Barn in Gaithersburg MD. The opera will be presented in partnership with Arts On the Green and will be directed by Mary Frances Dini, with music directed by Stevie Miller. The operatic retelling of the classic fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood will recount the events of the day when she went to visit her granny. The show is created as a great introduction to opera for children of all ages.
Washington Concert Opera will present Opera Outsideat Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park in Columbia Heights, DC, on September 28. The soloists will be soprano Vanessa Becerra, baritone Benjamin Taylor, and pianist David Hanlon. The concert will be free and open to all! The audience can bring children, pets, blankets, and chairs. No tickets are required, but you can register to win free tickets to the upcoming season.
Images below: Vanessa Becerra - credit Gabriel Gastelum & Benjamin Taylor
Washington National Opera will present Giuseppe Verdi’s Otello in the Kennedy Center Opera House, October 26-November 16.Based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, the production - from English National Opera - traces the collapse of a great hero who is subject to a jealous heart. The title role of Otello, the governor of Cyprus, will be sung by American tenor Russell Thomas, with Leah Crocetto as his wife Desdemona and George Gagnidze as his ensign Iago. The opera will be in Italian with projected English titles.