Washington Concert Opera (WCO) will present Charles Gounod's Sapho at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University on November 18.Gounod's first opera “rejected traditional elements of French grand opera in favor of a deeply psychological drama. Sapho centers around intense, competing love affairs - developing within the context of the ancient Greek Olympics - all while the tantalizing possibility of a political coup bubbles just beneath the surface. Internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey will return to WCO in the title role, with four acclaimed emerging artists making their WCO debuts: tenor Addison Marlor as Phaon, soprano Amina Edris as Glycère, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Pythéas, and baritone Brian Vu as Alcée." WCO co-founder and opera scholar Peter Russell will give a talk one hour before the performance.
Washington National Opera will present Silent Night, with music by Kevin Puts and libretto by Mark Campbell, in the Kennedy CenterEisenhower Theater, November 10-25. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in 1914 at the height of World War I, when a spontaneous cease-fire arose between enemy soldiers. The opera is based on a true story and a 2005 film and features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages – with projected English titles.
Bel Cantanti Opera, led by Artistic Director Katerina Souvorova, will perform F.Suppe’soperettatitled My Beautiful Galatea at Randolph Road Theater in Silver Spring, MD on December 29 & 30 and January 4 & 5. Pygmalion will be performed by Max Zander with Kelly Curtin as Galatea, Joseph Baker as Ganymede and Alex Alburqueque as Midas. The operetta is based on the story of Pygmalion and Galatea, wherein love transformed a marble statue into a beautiful woman. The production will be fully staged and presented in collaboration with The Olney Ballet, led by Patricia Berrend and Rugqiao Du. The performances will be in English with English spoken dialogues.