On Sunday, April 7, Maestro Antony Walker will conduct Maria Stuarda, featuring sopranos Brenda Harris and Georgia Jarman in Donizetti’s vocal battle royal between the great Tudor Queen Elizabeth and her rival, Mary, Queen of Scots. Love and politics lead to the block by way of glorious music!
Washington Concert Opera has performed more than 40 operas in a concert format, presenting world-class singers who appear regularly on the stages of the world’s most renowned opera houses—the Metropolitan Opera; La Scala; Opera Bastille, and the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden). The roster of artists that the company has brought, and often introduced, to local audiences includes Renee Fleming, Jennifer Larmore, John Reylea, Stephanie Blythe, Elizabeth Futral, Ben Heppner, Deborah Voigt, James Morris, Alessandra Marc, Denyce Graves, Sumi Jo, Richard Leech, Giuseppe Filianoti, Vivica Genaux, James Valenti, and Jerry Hadley. Young artists have also made their area debuts with WCO to critical acclaim, such as, in recent seasons, Sarah Coburn, Celena Shafter, and Lawrence Brownlee, winner of the 2006 Richard Tucker and Marian Anderson Awards.