By Jack Fishman, VP, External Affairs, BSO at Strathmore

On Friday, April 24 at 8 pm, the BSO will become an opera orchestra when it presents A Night at the Opera at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Maryland in collaboration with the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists Program.     

A Night at the OperaFounded by Plácido Domingo, the Young Artist Program, as described in the WNO’s website, is a leading resident-training program for artists on the verge of international careers. The program offers exceptionally promising young singers, coaches, accompanists, conductors and stage directors a course of intensive training, study, career guidance and most importantly performance opportunities in Washington, DC and beyond.

You can read about the current roster of Domingo-Cafritz artists by clicking here.

The Frederick concert will be conducted by Grant Gershon. Maestro Gershon is the artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Opera News has said, “Gershon proved an exceptional accompanist in the pit. He elicited supple and beautiful playing from the orchestra, which seemed to breathe with the singers throughout.”

Edward Berkeley is the stage director for A Night at the Opera. He collaborated with the BSO last season in performances of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Berkeley will also direct the BSO’s production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet in October.

Friday, April 24, 8 pm
The Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD

Grant Gershon, conductor
Edward Berkeley, stage director
Raquel González, soprano
Kerriann Otaño, soprano
Shantelle Przybylo, soprano
Aleksandra Romano, mezzo-soprano
Michael Brandenburg, tenor
Rexford Tester, tenor
Yi Li, tenor
Christian Bowers, baritone
Wei Wu, bass

Mozart: Così fan tutte, Overture and Act I Sextet
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore, Act I Duet
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act II Trio
Mascagni: L'amico Fritz, Act II Duet
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor, Act II Sextet
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven: Fidelio, Act I Quartet
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffman, Act II Trio
Leoncavallo: Pagliacci, Act I Duet
Puccini: La Bohème, Act III Aria and Quartet
J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus, Act II Watch Duet and Finale

For tickets, click here.