Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Katerina Souvorova, will perform Sadko - a fairytale opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov – at Randolph Rd. Theater in Silver Spring, MD on March 18, 23 & 25.The story is set in the Russian city of Novgorod in the 12th century as young gusli-player Sadko, travels around the world, finding love, wisdom and knowledge, magic and truth. The opera will be performed in costume & fully-staged and will be sung in Russian with English projected supertitles. The production will be presented in collaboration with The Four Seasons Dancers, directed by Elena Indrokova-Jones and The Olney Ballet, directed by Patricia Berrend.
Image below: A backdrop for Sadko, painted by set designer, Ksenia Litvak.
Washington National Opera will present The 2017 Marian Anderson Vocal Award Winner John Holiday in Recital in the Terrace Theater on February 15.The counter-tenor has been hailed by the New York Times as "an exceptional singer with a strong voice, even in its highest range.”
Washington National Opera, with Opera Philadelphia and Minnesota Opera, will present a new production of Verdi’s Don Carlo in the Kennedy Center Opera House March 3-March 17.The production will star two-time Grammy winner Eric Owens. The opera tells the story of the King of Spain's son Carlo, who laments that the woman he loves has been forced to marry for political reasons. The opera will be performed in Italian with Projected English Titles.
Image below: A scene from Opera Philadelphia’s Don Carlo .
The Kennedy Center will present Kathleen Battle'sUnderground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey in the Concert Hall on January 28.The five-time Grammy®-winning soprano will return to D.C. with "a special concert program celebrating the spiritual as a musical form as well as the power of the human spirit.”
Image below:Kathleen Battle
The Kennedy Center will present the Broadway Center Stage production of Chess, the dramatic rock opera with music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson & lyrics by Tim Rice, in the Eisenhower Theater, February 14-18.The story is about a love triangle between a “loutish American chess star, an earnest Russian champion, and the assistant who is torn between them.” The semi-staged concert production stars Raúl Esparza as American chess champion Freddie; Ramin Karimloo as rival Russian chess star Anatoly Sergievsky; Tony Award® winner Ruthie Ann Miles as Anatoly’s wife, Svetlana; and Tony Award® winner Karen Olivo as Florence, a Hungarian refugee who becomes the center of their emotional triangle.
Image below:The logo for Chess
Opera Lafayette, conducted by Ryan Brown, will present a program titled DC Scarlatti|Geminiani, in The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, January 30-31.The program will pair the American premiere of “Alessandro Scarlatti’s last major secular vocal work with Francesco Geminiani’s most famous instrumental composition – performed in its original version as a ballet pantomime, choreographed by the extraordinary Anuradha Nehru with Kalanidhi Dance.”
Virginia Opera, conducted by Adam Turner & directed by Michael Shell, will present Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on February 17 & 18.The retelling of Shakespeare’s classic story has been called a “tour-de-force.”The drama “offers fantasy, imagination, comedy and romance all rolled into one epic opera production!” The opera will be sung in English with English supertitles.
Images: From top, left to right: Heather Buck, Owen Willetts, David Blalock, Kristen Choi, Mary-Hollis Hundley and Matthew Burns.
Washington Concert Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti's Maria di Rohan at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium on February 18.The opera was lifted from a 19th century French play and transformed into a dramatic bel canto work. WCO will introduce four acclaimed artists in their company debuts: soprano Marina Costa-Jackson in the title role, tenor Norman Reinhardt as Riccardo, baritone Lester Lynch as Enrico, and mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson as Gondì.”
Victorian Lyric Opera will present a new English adaptation of Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow (Lustige Witwe) at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, Maryland, on select days, February 23-March 4.The fully-staged operetta, with full orchestra accompaniment, will feature “glamorous costumes, white tie and tails, waltzes, beautiful music and hilarious antics.” It’s the witty tale of a wealthy widow from a minor European nation who reunites with her former lover while on a tour.The two lovers have a disagreement, and everyone around them becomes involved.Their little nation’s economic future “hangs on the outcome!” The operetta will berformed in English in an adaptation by Quade Winter.
Images below are from a previous production of The Merry Widow - Photos by Harvey Levine.