​​​Bel Cantanti Opera CompanY

Summer Concert
Sunday, August 29, 2021 at 3pm

asbury methodist village


In Series: 2021-2022 Season
Opening weekend:

A Festival through Grief to Hope

Chronicle of a Life and Love

September 25, 2021 – 7pm & 8:30pm
Edlavitch DCJCC – 16th and Q Streets, NW


THROUGH GRIEF TO HOPE – A CONCERT
September 26th, 2021 – 4pm
6th and I Street Synagogue


ZAVALA-ZAVALA
April 8, 2022
McLean Community Center
1234 Ingleside Avenue
McLean, VA 22101

April 9, 2022
Kennedy Center – Terrace Theater
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566

Recent virtual performances:

IN Recital @

INvision: The Logan Opera House without Walls

with pianist, Carla Hübner

Guest artist: Joe Haughton


Pleiades/25: Season 5 

INvision: The Logan Opera House without Walls


Elizabeth Mondragon and Frank Conlon in a Friday Afternoon Cocktail Concert

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A Concert featuring the music of Mozart and Bernstein in conversation with a poetic journey out of the events of 2020, towards a new day – featuring music from the two composers masses, Mozart’s Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus, Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony, Chichester Psalms, West Side Story, and more, alongside poetry specially offered for this performance by renowned poets around the globe.

​​Elizabeth Mondragon 
         Mezzo-Soprano


Biography

CHRONICLE OF A LIFE AND LOVE

Music of Schumann’s unforgettable Frauenliebe und Leben mingled with the writings of Jewish essayist Shalom Auslander to become a celebration of loving life, and living love.

Elizabeth Mondragon, mezzo-soprano
Noah Mitchel, actor
Robert Ainsley, piano


Elizabeth Mondragon is a Washington, D.C.-based mezzo-soprano. Her performance experience ranges from traditional operatic productions to new music premieres. Principal roles include Carmen, Rosina, Dido, Ma Moss, Giulio Cesare, and Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. She has sung throughout the Northeastern U.S. with companies such as Opera North, Camerata Baroque, Amore Opera, One World Symphony, Maryland Lyric Opera, Regina Opera and In Series.

​As much a lover of concert and recital as of opera, she has been a soloist with the Friday Morning Music Club, Central City Chorus, St. George’s Choral Society and the Astoria Symphony featured in the Verdi Requiem, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Mendelssohn's Elijah. In addition, she has been a featured soloist with Ars Musicae Hispaniae Harp Ensemble, performing the music of Spain and Mexico, and has presented recitals of 20th and 21st century song with The Liederkranz Club, the Wiscasset Salon Series, and the UUCC Chalice Concert Series in New York and Maryland.

Her enthusiasm for new music and working with living composers has led to her performing and premiering works by several local composers, such as David E. Chávez, Elisabeth Mehl Greene, William Kenlon, Michael Oberhauser, Frances Pollock, and Erin Rogers, as well as having established a regular collaboration with award-winning composer, David Sisco


A FESTIVAL THROUGH GRIEF TO HOPE

Live September 2021
Miracle Theater, DC | Goethe Institut, DC | Edlavitch DCJCC | 6th & I Synagogue, DC

IN a citywide celebration of returning to live performance, this weekend-long festival of concerts, films, and music-theater takes the audience on a journey that commemorates what we have been through, what we have lost, what we have created, as it rings in a season of rebirth and renewal.

IN Series makes its Kennedy Center debut with the world-premiere of Brian Arreola and Anna Deeny Morales’ new opera ZAVALA-ZAVALA, telling a story of family separation and survival at the US/Mexican border, inspired by true events.


Opening the program will be a world-premiere IN Series commission setting the poems of Gabriela Mistral in her original Spanish as well as the luminescent English translations by Langston Hughes. 

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director and conductor
Alex Alburqueque, baritone
Carl DuPont, baritone
Elizabeth Mondragon, mezzo-soprano
Judy Yannini, soprano
Georgetown University Orchestra
PostClassical Ensemble
Chiarina Chamber Players

THROUGH GRIEF TO HOPE – A CONCERT

Paula Sides, 
soprano

Teresa Ferrara, soprano

Melissa Wimbish, soprano

Elizabeth Mondragon,

mezzo-soprano

Benjamin Williamson,

counter-tenor
Robert Chafin, tenor
Carl DuPont, ​baritone