Bel Cantanti Opera, will perform Cendrillon (Cinderella), a French operetta-ballet in one act, with music by Pauline Viardot and Frederic Chopin, in the Theatre of the Concord St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Bethesda, MD on December 23 & 30 & January 6. The opera will be performed in costume & fully staged & will be sung in French with English spoken dialogues & English supertitles. The soloists will include Melissa Chavez as Cinderella, with Eric Gramatges, Amanda Staub, Evelyn Tsen, Joanna Jones, Kelly Curtin, Joseph Kaz & Brandon Lockhart.
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.
Washington National Opera (WNO) will present The Little Prince - a Holiday Family Opera, with music by Oscar-winner Rachel Portman, in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, December 14-17.The opera was inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic illustrated storybook in which “a young boy on his tiny home planet begins a quest across the cosmos to find new companionship.” The production will showcase the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists and the WNO Children's Chorus. The opera will be sung in English with projected English titles. The opera is considered most enjoyed by age 6 and up.
Washington National Opera will present the world premiere of Proving Up, a new hour-long opera as part of the American Opera Initiative Festival in the Terrace Theater, January 19-21.The opera, by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, is about a group of Nebraska families as they struggle to claim their land under the Homestead Act. The opera based on a coming-of-age short story by Karen Russell.
Image below: The logo for Proving Up
Washington National Opera will present the world premiere of three new 20-minute operas as part of the American Opera Initiative Festival in the Terrace Theater on January 20.The operas will be staged in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra and followed by a Q&A with the artists and the creative team. The mentors include composer Kevin Puts, librettist Mark Campbell, and conductor George Manahan.
Image below:The logo for the operas
The Kennedy Center will present Kathleen Battle'sUnderground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey in the Concert Hall on January 28.The 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
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 will present Giacomo Puccini’s The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West), conducted by Andrew Bisantz, at George Mason University’ Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia, December 2 & 3.The story “highlights the rigors of the mid-1800’s California mining rush and depicts the rough-and-tumble world of the wild west.” American lyric spinto sopranoJill Gardner, will portray the heroine Minnie, “a saloon owner who keeps a close eye on the whiskey-drinking, card-playing miners at her establishment while holding out for her own true love.”Canadian tenor Roger Honeywell will portray Minnie’s love interest, the bandit Ramerrez (alias Dick Johnson). The cast will also feature Mark Walters and Jake Gardner.
Images below:Jill Gardner & Roger Honeywell (photo by Ann Baggley)