IN Series presents, to inaugurate the INVision Virtual Opera House, Artistic Director Timothy Nelson’s reimagining of Purcell’s The Fairy-Queen and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, fittingly combining the two into A Fairy Queen, an episodic podcast opera in the style of a classic radio drama, with John as the narrator. The show premieres on the virtual opera house on September 12, and The Play’s the Thing, an hour-long musical preview of the production, will be on Music in Maryland on WBJC on September 5. Click all the links for more info!

“On Friday and Sunday, audiences in Baltimore will get a chance to check out Wagner’s “Die Fliegende Holländer” in concert performance. Todd Thomas takes on the title role with Alexandra LoBianco as Senta and Justin Hopkins as Daland. Erik will be interpreted by Dane Suarez with James Harp conducting and performing the piano throughout the performance. It isn’t how we usually hear Wagner, but a more intimate musical setting is bound to create a unique experience.Read More

“All eight singers have their moments to shine throughout. The octet is so good that I feel obligated to name each of them individually: Brian Arreola (tenor), Peter Burroughs (tenor), Anamer Castrello (mezzo), Natalie Conte (soprano), Teresa Ferrara (soprano), Bryan Jackson (bass), Elizabeth Mondragon (mezzo), and John T.K. Scherch (bass). Harmonies remain tight for the entirety and while the boisterous Requiem’s score can feel overwhelming in the intimate Source Theater, it is the kind of overwhelming feeling that wraps you in the intricacies of Verdi’s work. It’s a surprisingly welcome sensation.”

Read more: The In Series’s VIVA VERDI is an Indescribable Emotional Multitude

VivaVerdiVerdi’s name* became the battle-cry of an entire revolution. Verdi and Shakespeare come together in this season-opener, a unique imagining of the Bard’s King Lear, alongside the composer’s towering Requiem. Heart-stopping melodies and breathtaking choruses reveal Verdi at the moment of his death, weighing fragments of his life, telling the story of the opera Lear which he never finished, and exploring the universal pains and joys of the aging process. Acclaimed conductor/composer/pianist Paul Leavitt and eight opera singers distill this music to its fiery spiritual core. Steven Scott Mazzola directs this world-premiere piece written by In Series Artistic Director Timothy Nelson. With designs by Jonathan Dahm Robertson (Scenic), Marianne Meadows (Lighting), and Maria Bissex (Costumes).

Starring Helen Hayes Award Winner, Nanna Ingvarsson as Verdi/Lear.

The Ensemble includes:
Teresa Ferrara
Natalie Conte
Anamer Castrello
Elizabeth Mondragon
Peter Burroughs
Brian Arreola
John T.K. Scherch
Bryan Jackson

Sung in Latin & English with English dialogue.

Source Theatre
1835 14th Street NW – Washington DC 20009
U Street-Cardozo Metro (Green line)
Street & Garage parking available

General: $45
Seniors (65+): $40
Young Professional: $25
Students: $20

Bel Cantanti Opera Company presents the Offenbach classic Les contes d’Hoffmann this March. John will be singing the roles of Luther and Crespel, as well as appearing as a robot and a character resembling La traviata’s Marchese D’Obigny (during the Giulietta act). Here’s the cast list so you can get to know everyone else!

Hoffmann – Lindell O. Carter

Stella/Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta – Mizuho Takeshita

Lindorf/Coppeliús/Miracle/Dapertutto – Cody Müller

Muse/Nicklausse/Ghost – Claire Galloway Weber

Andres/Nathanaël/Spalanzani/Frantz/Pittichinaccio – Michael Dodge

Luther/Crespel – John T.K. Scherch

Hermann/Schlemil – Eric Gramatges

Performances will be Sunday, March 5 at 3:00 PM, Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available here.