Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. the Ambassador of France to the United States Gérard Araud
La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
Featuring: Magdalena Wór in the title role
and Timothy Augustin as Prince Ramiro
with Elizabeth Treat, Gustavo Ahualli, Anamer Castrello, & Kwangkyu Lee
Leading an all-star cast
Conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou
Narrations by Dr. Scott Beard
Cocktails 6:30 pm ~ Light Fare 7:00 pm ~ Performance 8:00 pm
Based on Voltaire's tragedy Semiramis, Rossini’s final Italian opera (1823) about a power-hungry Babylonian Queen who murdered her husband does NOT end happily ever after! This rarely-performed tour de force is a sumptuous masterpiece, perfectly suited to the intimacy and extraordinary acoustics of The Grand Opera House.
BCO’s celebration of the 225th anniversary of Rossini’s birth concludes with what Rossini scholar Richard Osborne called ‘Tancredi Revisited.’ Based on Voltaire’s tragedy Semiramis, Rossini’s Semiramide is a tour de force of bel canto-era opera seria, employing vocal virtuosity to communicate gripping drama. Secret identities, power struggles and murderous intentions come together for a fitting closer to BCO’s season of operatic tragedies.
Gala Evening & Performance of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi
Followed by solo & duet performances from other great operas
Friday, December 2, 2016
Under the gracious patronage of the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Kenichiro Sasae at his residence
September 15, 2016
Arias, Ambers and IPAs - Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera
Top-flight professional opera singers perform operatic highlights paired with energetic and informative commentary and fun facts about themselves. Each performance features beer, wine or spirit tastings interspersed throughout the evening specially planned to go with the music. The events take place in the beautiful, inviting atmosphere in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club in the heart of Mount Vernon.
Wednesday, April 13 - Sunday, April 17, 2016
Orff's Carmina Burana & Balanchine's Theme and Variations
The 10th Anniversary of this TWB signature dance masterpiece is a powerful and exciting post-modern interpretation of Carl Orff's raucous retelling of 24 medieval poems praising springtime, love, lust and fortune. This special performance features soloist Tim Augustin and the voices of the Cathedral Choral Society under the direction of Dr. J. Reilly Lewis.
Light a Candle with Handel - the first night of Hanukkah, Beth El Congregation, in conjunction with Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, presents a gala performance of “Judas Maccabaeus.” Tenor Tim Augustin stars in the role of Judah Maccabee.
Les pêcheurs de perles - From the composer that brought you Carmen, Les pêcheurs de perles is certainly less well-known, but every bit as memorable! Never before performed by Opera Delaware, Opera Delaware presents The Pearl Fishers in concert as part of the “inside the opera studio” series. English supertitles will be provided in order to help you follow the story; you won’t even miss the sets or costumes! If you are more visually oriented - we have you covered! The amazingly creative and talented Lee Zimmerman will be perform LIVE silk-screen painting as part of this performance
After last season’s Carmen, BCO returns to the music of Georges Bizet with this tale of bromance gone wrong. Zurga, king of the pearl fishers, and his childhood friend Nadir took an oath to always put their friendship before their mutual love for the beautiful Léïla(and reaffirm that oath in a duet you are sure to recognize!) Their friendship is threatened when Léïla suddenly reappears after more than a year. Bizet’s talents are on full display in this romantic masterpiece.
The annual Christmas concert features Two Rivers Harmony and members from the Washington National Opera. Enjoy a surprise selection of holiday carols and songs to get everyone in the mood for Christmas.
Set against the framework of Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century, Uncle Alex tells the story of one immigrant family and the simple, yet heroic act that changes their lives forever. More than 12 million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, with over one million processed in 1907 alone. Set against the backdrop of this peak year, Uncle Alex tells the story of new arrivals Anna and Jacob Eingold as they navigate their final interview with an Ellis Island inspector. When their hopes are derailed by a technicality, fellow immigrant Alex Margolis calls his own future into question with an unexpected act of heroism. An opera about love, family, and what it truly means to be American, Uncle Alex provides a modest glimpse into an experience that has shaped the core of this country.
WNO's American Opera Initiative moves into its second exciting season with the premieres of three new 20-minute operas in a concert performance accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a Q&A session with the artists and creative team.
The ghosts of three immigrant Irish railroad workers--killed in a violent clash with local farmers as they fled a cholera outbreak at their Pennsylvania work camp--return to haunt Malachi Harris, the man charged with making sure that no trace of them or their fate survives.
At the inception of construction of America's first transcontinental railroad, in eastern Pennsylvania, the companies responsible for building each "cut" of track relied on Irish immigrants as a source of cheap labor. In August 1832, the entire crew of 57 workers at one such Pennsylvania worksite--Duffy's Cut--die. Most are victims of the cholera epidemic sweeping the country, but several are murdered by local farmers as they try to escape their disease-ridden camp. Hoping to preserve his lucrative contracts with the railroad, contractor Phillip Duffy wishes to destroy all evidence of what happened at the site and charges the camp blacksmith, Malachi Harris, with the task. Haunted by the ghosts of three dead workers he knew in life and nursed in illness, and troubled by his own conscience, Malachi must decide whether to carry out Duffy's orders or preserve some trace of what happened at Duffy's Cut.
The Education and Science Society (ESS) presents “Let Music Carry Our Love” Charity Concert to Support Education In Rural China. Tim Augustin joins renowned mezzo soprano Linling He, pianist Kai-Ching Chang and the Glorystar Children’s Chorus, which is highly regarded in the Washington community and abroad. The concert program will include selected opera pieces, and French, Italian, and Chinese folk and art songs.
WNO: American Opera Initiative
In two premiere performances, composer D.J. Sparr and librettists Mark Campbell and Davis Miller's hour-long opera tells the story of a reporter's transformative meeting with the boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Enjoy a glass of wine at a cozy cabaret-style table while listening to your favorite arias and scenes being presented up-close and personal by the best talent the region has to offer. The focus is on the beauty of the human voice in the intimate surroundings of Delaware's Opera Studios overlooking the Christina River.