Donizetti and Bellini Headline Washington Concert Opera

By Francisco Salazar

The Washington Concert Opera has announced its 2017-18 season with two Bel Canto rarities.

The season begins with a performance of Bellini’s “La Straniera” on November 19th. It will feature three rising stars in their WCO debuts,  soprano Amanda Woodbury as Alaide, tenor Gerard Schneider as Arturo, and mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings as Isoletta. Also joining them is WCO favorite, baritone Javier Arrey, in the role of Valdeburgo.

The season ends on Feb. 18, 2018, with Donizetti’s “Maria di Rohan.” The work will feature soprano Marina Costa-Jackson in the title role, tenor Norman Reinhardt as Riccardo, baritone Lester Lynch as Enrico, and mezzo-soprano Ginger Costa-Jackson as Gondì. All four artists will make their WCO debuts.

All performances of the WCO will take place at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

The Washington Concert Opera has been a home for rarely performed operatic masterpieces to give established artists like Michael Fabiano, Elizabeth Futral, Denyce Graves, Ben Heppner, Deborah Voigt and Renee Fleming the opportunity to perform in debut roles as well as signature roles.