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 (WNO) will present Rossini's The Barber of Seville in the Kennedy Center Opera House, April 28-May 19.WNO last staged the opera in 2009. A “stellar cast” will join this WNO revival of Rossini's delightful comedy, including Isabel Leonard as Rosina.
Washington National Opera, directed by Francesca Zambello & conducted by Nicole Paiement will perform Candidein the Opera House, May 5-26 as part of the ongoing Leonard Bernstein at 100 Celebration.The opera is “Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire in which very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too). The ensemble cast will include Alek Shrader, Kathryn Lewek, Denyce Graves & Wynn Harmon. They will “quick-change their way through the effervescent score." The opera will be performed in English with English subtitles.
Image below:Alek Shrader
Principal Conductor Adam Turner has been named Virginia Opera’s new Artistic Director.Maestro Turner is one of America’s most acclaimed young conductors, having come to Virginia Opera in 2010 as Resident Conductor and Chorus Master. For the last four seasons as Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, he has helmed the company’s performances of varied repertory. He is a graduate of Morehead State University (Bachelor of Music in piano performance) and the Catholic University of America (Master of Music in conducting). He has worked as an assistant conductor with Seattle Opera, Central City Opera, and Florida Grand Opera, among other companies. In announcing the new appointment, Virginia Opera President and CEO, Russell P. Allen, stated “Virginia Opera is excited about the work that Maestro Turner has done for the company. His artistic work is extraordinary and his involvement to date in shaping the artistic growth of the company has been significant. As Maestro Turner begins his 9th season with the company, the promotion to Artistic Director could not be more timely and important for the company.”
Image below: Maestro Adam Turner
Virginia Opera will perform Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia on April 7 & 8. The bel canto opera tells the tale of star-crossed lovers amid two feuding Scottish families. Young Lucia is forced into an arranged marriage “that culminates in the most spectacular mad scene in all of opera.” Metropolitan Opera soprano Rachele Gilmore will make her Virginia Opera debut in the title role of Lucia. Tenor Joseph Dennis, who will also make his Virginia Opera debut, will play her true love.
The opera will be sung in Italian with English supertitles.
The Washington Chorus, conducted by Artistic Director Christopher Bell, will perform Bizet's Carmen - In Concert on the afternoon of April 21 in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.In John Constable’s narrative version of Carmen, Don Josè's mother recounts her son’s fatal affair with the woman who destroyed his life. The concert version of Carmen will star mezzo-soprano Aleks Romano in the title role, with Chaz'men Williams-Ali as Don Josè, Hunter Enoch as Escamillo, Madison Leonard as Michaela/Frasquita and Hannah Hagerty as Mercedes. The Washington Chorus will be joined by The Washington National Opera Orchestra and members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program to bring Bizet’s masterpiece to vivid life.