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, in collaboration with Olney Ballet, will present W. Gluck's Orfee ed Euridice, led by Producer and Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova, at Silver Spring Black Box Theater, April 12-14.The role of Orfee will be sung by Francesca Aguado; Euridice by Chelsea Lehnea & Amour by Robin Steitz. The Opera will be fully staged, in costume, and accompanied by an orchestra. The performances will be in Italian with English supertitles.
Bel Cantanti Opera, produced and directed by Katerina Souvorova, will present The Tsar's Bride, an opera by N. Rimsky Korsakov, at Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring, MD, on May 11, 12, 18 & 19. The soloists will be Asmik Arutiuniants; Rob McGinness; Viktoriya Koreneva; John Scherch; Max Zander; Peter Bourough; Alyssa Cox; Marie Herrington & Kofi Hayford. The fully-staged production, accompanied by an orchestra, will be performed in Russian with English supertitles.
Washington Concert Opera (WCO) will present Rossini's Zelmira at Lisner Auditorium on April 5.It's the story of Zelmira, who embarks on a mission to save her father, King Polidoro, from a murderous usurper. She faces a series of aspersions directed against her and nearly loses her family and her life in the process. Lawrence Brownlee, one of the world's leading bel canto tenors, will return to WCO as Zelmira's husband Ilo, and celebrated Spanish mezzo-soprano Silvia Tro Santafé will make her company debut in the title role. They will be joined by mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux, tenor Julius Ahn, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi & bass-baritone Matthew Scollin.
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.
Washington National Opera will present Puccini’s Tosca at the Kennedy Center Opera House, May 11-25.The classic drama set in 18th-century Rome will be performed against scenery provided by Seattle Opera. The production will be presented in Italian with Projected English Titles.
The annual Washington National Opera Gala Concert, featuring Christine Goerke, Soloman Howard & others, will take place in the Kennedy Center Opera House on May 18.The concert will celebrate WNO Trustee John J. Pohanka for his legacy and leadership for nearly thirty years.
Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program
George Mason University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, in collaboration with Washington National Opera, will present Raising Voices at The Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia on April 7. The concert will celebrate the future of American opera and an innovative new partnership between The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and the Mason Opera and Vocal Studies Programs.
The Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will present A Concert of Comic Masterpieces in the Opera House on May 24.Accompanied by the WNO Orchestra, the Young Artists will perform the complete first act and closing fugue of Giuseppe Verdi’s final masterpiece, Falstaff, plus other works from the world’s most witty and comical operas.
Opera Lafayette, led by Founder, Conductor, and Artistic Director Ryan Brown, will perform Alessandro Stradella's La Susanna (1681) in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center on April 21 & 22.The fully-staged co-production with Heartbeat Opera is taken from the story of Susanna and the Elders from the Book of Daniel.