A rumor was spreading among Park View’s neighborhood kids: there was an
“opera man” down the street.
That “opera man” is tenor David Cangelosi, who is residing in the Washington, D.C. neighborhood during his run as Spoletta in WNO’s Tosca. “ In Park View, “this particular street has a very deep mix of residents,” David said. “Their parents work to see they have broad cultural exchanges.”
So David decided to teach a singing lesson. Six children and their
parents happily gathered in a local home for dinner, conversation, and music.
“I got right down on the floor with them,”
David said. “We spent about 45 minutes learning ‘the basics.’ Then we sang the
first line of ‘Recondita armonia’ from Tosca…complete with translation
and Italian language training.”
The evening continued
with food and wines from around the world.
After a full
day of Tosca rehearsals, David
admitted he was exhausted leading up to the gathering.
little tykes brought me right back to life,” he said.
Soprano. Title role in Tosca (5/11, 14, 17, 20, 22, 25)
Alkema is an alumna of the first-ever graduating class of our Domingo-Cafritz
Young Artist Program. With her “rich, full vocal presence” (Toronto Star), Keri has in demand at the
world’s top opera houses.
takes on a role she has performed to great acclaim at distinguished companies
including English National Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Opera Frankfurt, and
Palm Beach Opera. Of her portrayal of Tosca at Orlando Philharmonic, Keri was
praised for her “songbird tone with exceptional
Fun fact: Keri shifted from
mezzo to soprano repertoire following her portrayal of Donna Elvira in New York
City Opera’s Don Giovanni. Her first
Puccini role as a soprano was Mimì in La bohème.
Known internationally for his elaborate re-imaginings of Shakespeare works, D.C. favorite McSweeny returns to WNO to direct Puccini’s striking Tosca. Ethan made his WNO debut directing the world premiere of Better Gods in 2016’s American Opera Initiative Festival.
Prior to his current role as artistic director at the American Shakespeare Center, Ethan served as associate director to D.C.’s own Shakespeare Theatre Company. He has directed award-winning opera, film, Broadway, and theater works, including the 2018 Helen Hayes-winning Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Ethan has been celebrated for his “probing intellect” and
“dazzling staging” (Forbes), with productions
sharp it’s like seeing a play in live high def” (The Washington Post).