About Washington Concert Opera
Home to the rarely performed operatic masterpieces, Washington Concert Opera (WCO) is located in the heart of the United States capital, Washington, D.C. Founded over 30 years ago, WCO has been the home to everyone from well established artists such as Stephanie Blythe, Denyce Graves, Michael Fabiano and Renée Fleming to young and emerging talents.
In this article we will be sharing the stories of four performers and their rendition of I Puritani by Vincenzo Bellini in a video mini series that we produced for WCO.
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Meet The Tenor - René Barbera
Before René Barbera became the incredible singer he is today, he originally planned on becoming a high school choir director. Thankfully, René had a mentor who recognized his unique talents and persuaded him to apply for a singing scholarship. René’s career as an international tenor has taken him all over the globe. Over the years, René’s “old-fashioned warmth” (Opera News) has garnered him impressive awards such as the winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008.
To learn more about René, click here to view his personal website: renebarbera.com
Meet The Baritone - Javier Arrey
At just 15 years old, Javier Arrey, began his journey in the opera business. Similar to René Barbera, Javier’s fellow performer in Bellini’s “I Puritani,” Javier set out to become a choir conductor but instead ended up in the choir. Javier over the years has emerged as one of the most versatile baritones in the opera, while also collecting significant awards such as the “Congressional Medal of Honor” at the National Congress of Chile in 2017.
To learn more about Javier, click here to view his personal website: https: javierarrey.com
Meet The Soprano - Brenda Rae
Trained pianist, dancer, and actor, Brenda Rae, first learned about the opera at the age of five and was immediately hooked. “Rae combines excellent technique with a high-flying voice and an irresistibly scintillating stage presence.”(WQXR) Funny enough, growing up, Brenda didn’t want to be the center of attention and much preferred reading and writing sci-fi stories.
To learn more about Brenda, click here to view his personal website: brendarae.com
Meet The Bass Baritone - Musa Ngqungwana
Between church and school, Musa Ngqungwana, the bass-baritone singer was constantly singing and working to prefect his craft. Coming from South Africa, Musa’s talents have taken him around the world performing in opera houses everywhere from Norway to Los Angeles. Recognized both nationally and internationally, Musa has made quite the name for himself in the opera community. The New York Times described his singing talents as a “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato.”
To learn more about Musa, click here to view his personal website: musangqungwana.com
Washington Concert Opera in Washington D.C.
Washington Concert Opera is located on corner of 15th Street NW in Washington D.C.
Located Near By
When visiting the opera don’t forget to grab a bite to eat and take some pictures of the monuments! The Washington Monument is less than a 15 minute drive away.
Best places to eat within a 15 min walk: