Virginia Opera will perform Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, directed by Kyle Lang, at George Mason University Center for the Arts on February 16 & 17.The comic opera is Donizetti’s most-performed opera worldwide, and it features one of the most famous tenor arias of all time - Una furtiva lagrima. The production will star sopranoCecilia Violetta López, tenor Carlos Enrique Santelli & bass-baritone Matthew Burns.The opera will be sung in Italian with English Supertitles.
VirginiaOpera will perform Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly at George Mason Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia on March 23 & 24.Puccini’s use of authentic Japanese themes and soaring Italian lyricism create "a powerful emotional experience." Soprano Danielle Pastin will sing Cio-Cio-San, opposite tenor Matthew Vickers as the American naval officer who loves her and leaves her.The orchestra for this production will be the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Bel Cantanti Opera will perform Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), produced and directed by Katerina Souvorova, at Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, on March 9, 10, 15 & 17.The production will be fully staged, in costume and accompanied by orchestra. The soloists will include Alex Alburqueque as Figaro, Emily Tweedy as Susanna, Erik Grendahl as Count Almaviva and Claire Kuttler as Countess Almaviva.The production will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Washington National Opera will perform Gounod’s Faust in the Kennedy Center Opera House, March 16-30.It’s the classic tale in which the aging Faust makes a pact with Méphistophélès to exchange his soul for Earth's mortal pleasures.
Maryland Lyric Opera, conducted by Music Director Louis Salemno, will present Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in the Kay Theatre at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park on January 24 & 25.The company was founded in 2014 by Brad Clark and has already produced major operatic works by Gounod, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Menotti and other esteemed composers. The company has also produced vocal competitions, outreach activities, aria concerts and chamber works.
Dumbarton Concerts, in partnership with the Washington Opera Society, will present Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano, Michael Bard, guitarist, and Andrew E. Simpson, pianist, at Dumbarton Methodist Church in Georgetown on February 16. They will perform a Valentine’s Day program featuring everything from courtly songs of the Elizabethan era to delights from TheGreat American Songbook.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection will present vocalists from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program in a performance of selections from Massenet’s opera Le Jongleur de Notre-Dame as well as other works in the Music Room of the Mansion on January 27. The opera takes us back a century to the golden age of opera and is the best-known musical drama version of the medieval story. The performance will also include other songs about minstrels and monasteries. The concert will complement the Collection’s exhibition titled Juggling the Middle Ages.See the “Museums: Private” column of this edition to read about the exhibition.
Opera Lafayette will perform George Frideric Handel's Radamisto (1720) in The Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater on February 5.The fully-staged production about a powerful and ambitious king will be directed by the choreographer Séan Curran.
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will perform The Gondoliers by Gilbert & Sullivan at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD on February 22, 23 & 24 & March 1, 2, & 3.The performances will be directed by Catherine Huntress-Reeve with music directed by Joseph Sorge and will be fully-staged with a live orchestra.
Great Performances on WETA TV Channel 26 will present Lyric Opera of Chicato's Orphee et Eurydice-in collaboration with theJoffrey Ballet - on January 18 @ 9:30 p.m. Christoph Willibald Gluck’s popular opera is based on a famous Greek myth. Dmitry Korchak, Andriana Chuchman and Lauren Snouffer will star. Image below: Andriana Chuchman
Great Performances on WETA TV Channel 26 will present The Minnesota Opera production ofDoubton January 25 @ 9:30 p.m. The opera is an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s hit 2005 Broadway play and the 2008 ﬁlm of the same title. The production will star Christine Brewer, Adriana Zabala, Matthew Worth and Denyce Graves. Image below: Matthew Worth and Adriana Zabala - Courtesy of Michal Daniel
Opera on WETA 90.9 FM Radio
Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts will continue with performances on Classical WETA Opera House 90.9 FM on Saturdays at 1 p.m.
January 19: Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande January 26: Muhly’s Marnie