It's a great season for small opera, evidently - and particularly this weekend. In Baltimore, the new Chesapeake Concert Opera, which promises "singers you won't be able to afford in ten years" (and is about to change its name to Chesapeake Chamber Opera) is offering a pared-down version of Mozart's "Entführung aus dem Serail" tonight and tomorrow (June 18 and 19) at the Memorial Episcopal Church (click on the above link for more information).
Closer to home, Bel Cantanti is teaming up with Catholic University for a Summer Music Festival this weekend: you can see "The Magic Flute" on Friday and Sunday, and "Hänsel and Gretel" on Saturday and Sunday, at Ward Recital Hall. (Yes, Sunday is a double-header.) There's also a concert on Saturday afternoon.
And several hours to the south, a brand-new festival, Viva Virginia, is opening this weekend at Virginia Tech, runs through July 3, and features several opera and chamber concerts. The real draw, though, may be master classes by Sherrill Milnes, Diana Soviero, and Mignon Dunn, opera greats all, who are all on the festival's faculty.
If you can't make this weekend, there's more later in the month: The Bethesda Summer Music Festival is presenting Don Giovanni on June 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church.
And the Castleton Festival begins July 2.
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