Bel Cantanti opera company is trying to survive in current hard economic conditions. We do need your help to be able to perform this year.

Our opera company has entered its ninth year of its existence. During these years we have produced almost fifty operas, numerous concerts and recitals totaling about three hundred performances.

Starting our shows in the churches of Maryland, D.C and Northern Virginia, we finally found a place in Montgomery County of Maryland, where we began performing at the Randolph Road Theater and later at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville.

We started as a small group of friends living in the metro DC area, and now we engage young professionals from all over the country. Our director, Katerina Souvorova used to coach and accompany the singers on the piano. Then we started collaborating with a small ensemble of string players. Now we have formed a BCO Chamber Orchestra consisting of 15 string and wind players with Katerina Souvorova conducting the shows.

We made a huge step from performing self-directed operas in churches, in costumes sewn by our costumer, Kathleen McGhee to bringing stage directors from New York, Chicago, and Boston, renting costumes from the Washington National Opera and other professional companies throughout the region, working with light and set designers and building our own sets.

Those are great changes. But one thing in Bel Cantanti has never changed - our mission. We are passionate about giving young talented singers experience and opportunity to perform and grow as professionals. We are dedicated to bringing the opera to our local community. Our audience members are our close friends, our family.

If you care about our mission and share our ideas please support Bel Cantanti in its campaign to raise money to be able to keep performing sucessfully this year.

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