As an American musical organization, the RCAS stands in solidarity with Ukraine and its citizens at this time of human tragedy.
Thanks to you, our audience, we raised $10,000 at our April 7 concert for donation to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Thursday, May 12th, 2022 - 7:30 PM
La Maison Francaise
4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC
Experience an operatic double bill of operas by Rimsky-Korsakov and Rachmaninov. Featuring: Inna Dukach, soprano; Fanyong Du, tenor; Timothy Mix, baritone; Rob McGinness, baritone; Tatiana Loisha, piano; Vera Danchenko-Stern, piano; and John Leslie Wolfe, narrator.
The evening includes a post-concert meet & greet reception with wine, light hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Proof of full vaccination status or negative PCR test required.
Finnish-American baritone Timothy Mix frequently appears in concert in Russian repertoire with the Russian Chamber Art Society and with them, recently added the title role Eugene Onegin to his repertoire. Other local engagements include the title role Rigoletto and Pere Germont La Traviata in concert with the Baltimore Concert Opera, Sharpless Madama Butterfly with Lyric Opera Baltimore and his engagements with Washington National Opera include Renato Un Ballo in Maschera as well as Ford Falstaff, a role he also sang at New York City Opera. Returning to NYCO, a highlight of his career was winning the company’s Christopher Keene award for Excellence as Edward Gaines Margaret Garner.
Tenor FANYONG DU has frequently performed in Italy with the renowned baritone Renato Bruson and also Giuseppe Sabbatini. His operatic roles include Lensky in "Eugene Onegin", Rodolfo in La Boheme, and as soloist in Rossini's "Stabat mater". Opera role as Nemorino in “L’elisir d’amore” which received raved review from Opera News “Du brought a real sense of bel canto style to bear, with fine gradation of dynamics and tone color culminating in a really admirable ‘Una furtiva lagrima’, complete with perfectly executed messa di voce at the close.” Besides opera, he has performed in recitals, concerts and galas in America, Canada, Italy, Czech, Switzerland, Slovakia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Russia and China.
Russian-American soprano INNA DUKACH has been praised for “an immediately appealing, youthfully rich and velvety voice.” Most recently, Ms. Dukach has been seen as Matilde Neruda in Virginia Opera’s Il Postino, Antonia/Giulietta/Stella in Les contes d’Hoffmann with Nashville Opera, the Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Inland Northwest Opera, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly with the Metropolitan Opera, and as a soloist for Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the Portland Symphony (Maine). made her Metropolitan Opera debut She received degrees in voice from Mannes College of Music and Smith College.
TATIANA LOISHA has more than 20 years of experience working as a piano accompanist with singers and instrumentalists. Tatiana worked as a staff accompanist at Cleveland Institute of Music and Baldwin Wallace University, and as a rehearsal and performance pianist with Cleveland Opera Theater. She also worked as a pianist at Oberlin in Italy program (Arezzo, Italy) in the summer of 2018. Since first moving to the D.C. area in 2014, Tatiana has been working as a pianist accompanist with the Potomac Vocal Institute and actively performed in the D.C. Metropolitan area accompanying singers and instrumentalists.
Employing his “impressive singing ... well-supported tone and supple phrasing,” (Baltimore Sun) baritone ROB MCGINNESS connects characters to ideas, and listeners to sounds. Often featured portraying opera’s “bad boy,” Rob’s operatic credits include the title roles in Eugene Onegin and Don Giovanni, as well as Marcello in La Bohème. As a featured soloist, Rob performed in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. Other concert credits include Carmina Burana with Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Brahms Requiem with The Washington Chorus, for which the Washington Post praised his “warm baritone.”
VERA DANCHENKO-STERN is the RCAS' Founder & Artistic Director, an internationally acclaimed pianist, celebrated chamber player, and master teacher who has gained recognition as one of the foremost coaches and pianists in her field. She has received great praise from conservatories and universities, endearing herself to her students and colleagues for her professionalism, dependability, and caring. Born in Russia, she was both a graduate and faculty member of Moscow's esteemed Gnessin Institute of Music. Her vast experience has been exhibited on tours throughout Russia, Europe, the United States, and Asia.