Bel Cantanti Opera will present G. Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at Randolph Road Theatre in Silver Spring, MD on May 20, 26 & 27.The opera, produced and directed by Katerina Souvorova, will feature Mizuho Takeshita, James Kil, Blas Canedo Gonzalez, Kwang Kyu Lee, and Andrew Ellis. The opera, accompanied by orchestra, will be fully-staged and in costume.The production will be performed in Italian with English supertitles.
Image below: Lucia: Meghan McCall. BCO production of 2007
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
The Victorian Lyric Opera Company will present a classic production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville, MD on June 8-10 and 15-17. The opera will be fully-staged with full orchestra & will be “a very traditionally-staged production, which also makes it a great introduction to Gilbert & Sullivan for those new to the genre.” Rick DuPuy will sing the role of the phony poet Reginald Bunthorne, who pretends to be a poet to attract women. The opera “pokes delicious fun at the Victorian era’s Aesthetic Movement and features some of Sullivan’s best patter songs.”
Roger Daltrey will perform The Who's rock opera Tommy in full with members of The Who Band & Wolf Trap Orchestra in the Filene Center on June 10 & 12. Daltry, is the lead singer and founding member of The Who, and their acclaimed rock opera Tommy won him induction into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998. The 20-million-selling double album of Tommy spawned a successful film, with Daltry in the title role.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Patrick Summers, & guests will perform The Best of Wagner's Ring Cycle on July 28 at the Filene Center. The orchestra will be joined by Christine Goerke, soprano, Simon O'Neill, tenor, Alan Held, bass-baritone & Eric Owens, bass-baritone. The soloists are internationally-renowned Wolf Trap Opera alumni.