Bel Cantanti opera companywill perform Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, directed by Katerina Souvorova, at the Theatre at Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland on October 7 & 14. Based by Tchaikovsky on the romantic Russian love story by A. Pushkin, the production will be accompanied by piano and semi-staged in costume. The opera-cameo will be sung in Russian with projected English supertitles.
Bel Cantanti opera company will perform Mozart'sThe Magic Flutein the Wesley United Methodist Church on Connecticut Avenue, NW in DC on November 11 & 12.The opera-cameo performance will be performed by the singers and human-sized puppets! The magical story of love, courage, good and evil will be performed in German with English dialogues, projected with English super-titles.The opera-cameo will be accompanied by piano and fully-staged. The opera-cameo will also be presented on November 17 & 18 at the Theater of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church on Goldsboro Rd. in Bethesda, MD.
Washington National Opera, in a new co-production with San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera and Minnesota Opera, will present Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida in the Kennedy Center Opera House, September 9-23.The sets and costumes for the production were inspired by visionary artist RETNA.
The production, directed by Francesca Zambello, will mark the first time Aida has been staged in The Kennedy Center in 25 years.The epic tale of a young Ethiopian princess enslaved by the Egyptians, expresses “the timeless conflict of duty versus desire rising like a pyramid.”
In addition to “vibrant hieroglyphics and calligraphy,” the production will feature “spirited dance and breathtaking acrobatics.”
The production will be sung in Italian with Projected English Titles.
Verdi’s Aida will be simulcast live at Nationals Park in a presentation titledOpera in the Outfield - on Saturday, September 23.Opera in the Outfield will include pre-opera activities.
Washington National Opera (WNO) will present a new production of GeorgeFridericHandel'sbaroque opera Alcina, with libretto by Riccardo Broschi, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, November 4-19.It’s the tale of a beautiful sorceress and a dashing knight, Ruggiero, who succumbs to her charms.Ruggiero’s fiancée Bradamante takes on a daring disguise to break Alcina’s hold on her beloved. The production will be WNO’s first-ever staging of Alcina & will be performed “with world-class vocal talents impeccably suited to every sumptuous role.” The opera will be sung in Italian with Projected English Titles. Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artists will take over the lead roles in Alcina for one performance only on November 18.
The Kennedy Center will present the world premiere of Night Train 57: A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera, co-commissioned with VSA, in the Family Theater, October 6-8.The event will be “a musical voyage to outer space in an interactive folk opera featuring Grammy® winner Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza, and special guests.” Passengers on Night Train 57 “will discover the power of friendship and community with the sounds of 21st-century handmade sing-along music.” The sensory-friendly folk opera is suggested for Ages 3+.
Image below:Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza
George Mason University
The George Mason University’s School of Theater will present The Gondoliers, the classic comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan, in the Center for the Arts on October 26, 27, 28 & 29. The musical theater piece is the story of young Venetian gondoliers who are informed – because of mistaken identity -that one of them is the heir to a throne.
“The tribulations of governing and romance are lampooned in this delightful musical theater piece by the masters of comic opera.”
Image below: Artwork for The Gondoliers - Courtesy of David and Ann Stone
Virginia Opera will present Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson and Delilah, staged by Paul Curran, in The George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on October 7 & 8.The French Opera dramatizes the well-known Biblical story of a legendary Israelite warrior who is seduced and then betrayed by a Philistine woman. The production will feature tenor Derek Taylor as Samson and mezzo-soprano Katharine Goeldner as Delilah. The production will be sung in French with English supertitles.
Opera Lafayette, conducted by Artistic Director Ryan Brown, will perform An Evening of Monteverdi, including Il Combattimento di Tancredi et Clorinda and other works by the composer in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on October 24.
UrbanArias, a seven-year-old opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas, will present Shining Brow, with music by Daron Aric Hagen and a libretto by Paul Muldoon, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC, October 14, 15, 20 and 21.The story “highlights the early life of esteemed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Conducted by Robert Wood and directed by Grant Preisser, the opera is focuses on Wright’s three principal relationships – with his mentor, Louis Sullivan, his first wife, Catherine, and his second wife Mamah – all of whom “crumble under the weight of Wright’s ego.” The production stars Sidney Outlaw as Frank Lloyd Wright, Miriam Khalil as Mamah Cheney, Rebecca Ringle as Catherine Wright, Ben Wager as Edwin Cheney and Robert Baker as Louis Sullivan.
Washington Concert Opera (WCO), led by Artistic Director & Conductor Antony Walker, will perform Vincenzo Bellini's La stranieraat The George Washington UniversityLisner Auditorium on November 19. It’s the “tale of a French King’s scandalous divorce from a Danish princess and his subsequent marriage to a mysterious foreign woman (“la straniera”), whome he kept tucked away in a wooded cottage.” The production will feature three rising stars in their WCO debuts—soprano Amanda Woodbury as Alaide, tenor Gerard Schneider as Arturo, mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings as Isoletta—and the return of a WCO favorite, baritone Javier Arrey, in the role of Valdeburgo.
Image below: The poster for Vincenzo Bellini's La straniera
AMC Theater 7 in Mazza Gallerie will screen Bellini’s Norma, conducted by Carlo Rizzi, live from The Met in high definition on October 7; there will be an encore screening on October 11. The new production stars Sondra Radvanovsky as the Druid priestess and Joyce DiDonato as her rival, Adalgisa. Tenor Joseph Calleja is Pollione, Norma’s unfaithful lover. The opera is set deep in a Druid forest amid nature and ancient rituals. The opera will be screened in Italian, with English subtitles.
AMC Theater 7 in Mazza Gallerie will screen Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Music Director Emeritus James Levine, live from The Met in high definitions on October 14, with an encore screening on October 18. The full-length German version of Mozart’s magical fable will be seen in Julie Taymor’s spectacular production, which “captures both the opera’s earthy comedy and its noble mysticism.” The opera will be sung in German, with English subtitles.