Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) http://wrti.org en AVA's JUBILATE! Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces on WRTI, March 23, 3 PM http://wrti.org/post/avas-jubilate-sacred-music-and-oratorio-masterpieces-wrti-march-23-3-pm <p>The Academy of Vocal Arts' annual <strong><em>Jubilate! </em></strong>concert is something audiences look forward to each year. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:59:21 +0000 Jack Moore 7109 at http://wrti.org AVA's JUBILATE! Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces on WRTI, March 23, 3 PM AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Sunday at 4:15 PM http://wrti.org/post/ava-opera-theater-wrti-verdis-la-traviata-sunday-415-pm <p>Giuseppe Verdi's three-act masterpiece <em>La Traviata</em> (The Fallen Woman) will be heard in its entirety Sunday afternoon on WRTI, following our Philadelphia Orchestra broadcast. The opera, with libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Originally, the opera was to be titled "Violetta" after the main character of the opera. It's one of Verdi's most beloved and frequently performed works.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:01:55 +0000 Jack Moore 7025 at http://wrti.org AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Sunday at 4:15 PM Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE: AVA on WRTI, November 9, 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/mozarts-cosi-fan-tutte-ava-wrti-november-9-1-pm <p>Mozart’s comic masterpiece, <em>Così fan tutte,</em> exposes the tension between emotion and reason. Two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even under extreme circumstances. Director Nic Muni sets the action in Martha’s Vineyard during the late 1960s for this production. Christopher Macatsoris conducts. <strong>Don't miss this very special Academy of Vocal Arts broadcast on Saturday, November 9th, 1 to 4 pm.</strong></p><p><strong>CAST:</strong></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 10:07:03 +0000 WRTI Staff 6636 at http://wrti.org Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE: AVA on WRTI, November 9, 1 PM AVA's Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI: Oct. 6th at 3 PM http://wrti.org/post/avas-giargiari-bel-canto-competition-wrti-oct-6th-3-pm <p>The votes are in! The winners of this year&#39;s AVA Giargiari Competition Broadcast on WRTI: First Place: SYDNEY MANCASOLA; Second Place: MARINA COSTA-JACKSON; Third Place: MACKENZIE WHITNEY. Winners from the October 4th event at the Kimmel Center: First Place: Diego Silva; Second Place: Shelley Jackson, Sydney Mancasola (tie); Audience Favorite: Patrick Guetti.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 18:08:40 +0000 WRTI Staff 6472 at http://wrti.org AVA's Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI: Oct. 6th at 3 PM AVA Opera Theater And A Verdi Favorite! May 5th At 3 PM http://wrti.org/post/ava-opera-theater-and-verdi-favorite-may-5th-3-pm <p align="LEFT">Join us on Sunday at 3 pm as Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) presents <strong>Giuseppe Verdi’s <em>Un ballo in maschera. </em></strong>Drama takes center stage in this opera of political intrigue, based on a true historical event: the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden. The king falls in love with the wife of his best friend and most trusted advisor. A love triangle turns deadly as jealousy leads to conspiracy, murder, and betrayal at a masked ball. <strong>Sunday, May 5, 3 to 6 pm.</strong></p> Sat, 04 May 2013 21:29:56 +0000 Jack Moore 5475 at http://wrti.org AVA Opera Theater And A Verdi Favorite! May 5th At 3 PM Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE, March 10th, 3 pm http://wrti.org/post/academy-vocal-arts-wrti-massenets-don-quichotte-march-10th-3-pm <p>Join us on Sunday afternoon for an AVA Opera special broadcast! Jules Massenet's <em>DON QUICHOTTE i</em>s a lyrical ode to the chivalrous idealist Don Quixote. Loosely based on the popular Cervantes novel, the opera is immediately inspired by <em>Le chevalier de la Longue Figure</em>, a play by the poet Jacques Le Lorrain. The tale of Don Quixote meets the music of Massenet, complete with Spanish serenades and a profoundly poignant finale. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:54:07 +0000 Jessica Schultz 5237 at http://wrti.org Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: Massenet's DON QUICHOTTE, March 10th, 3 pm Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili on Crossover http://wrti.org/post/turkish-bass-burak-bilgili-crossover <p>Last week's guest on Crossover was Turkish Bass<a href="http://burakbilgili.com/newsite/biography.htm" target="_blank"> Burak Bilgili.</a> Turkish? Not necessarily the first nationality that comes to mind when you think "opera singer." But, wait till you hear that voice!</p><p>A 2004 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Bilgili made his international debut in 2002 - while still a student at AVA - as Duke Alfonso in Donizetti's <em>Lucrezia Borgia </em>at La Scala. His Metropolitan Opera debut was May 7, 2004, when he sang Leporello without either a full-stage or orchestra rehearsal in the final performance of <em>Don Giovanni </em>that season. When he took his solo bow at the end of the performance, the audience roared in appreciation. He returned to the company in 2009 as Ferrando in <em>Il trovatore.</em></p><p><a href="http://ticketing.theatrealliance.org/tickets/eventDetails.aspx?id=24628&amp;org=av" target="_blank"><strong>Starting Saturday evening, March 2nd, Bilgili will appear in the lead role in the Academy of Vocal Arts' production of<em> Don Quichotte. </em></strong></a>Performances run through March 9th at AVA, and March 12th and 14th at Haverford's Centennial Hall. The production will also be heard as a Sunday Opera Special on March 10th at 3 pm on WRTI and the all-classical stream at wrti.org.</p><p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 11:52:04 +0000 Joe Patti & Jill Pasternak 5213 at http://wrti.org Turkish Bass Burak Bilgili on Crossover JUBILATE! A Concert of Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces
 http://wrti.org/post/jubilate-concert-sacred-music-and-oratorio-masterpieces <p>Join us on Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm as the Academy of Vocal Arts presents its annual concert of sacred vocal music featuring time-honored favorites from the repertoire. One of the most eagerly awaited concerts of the season, JUBILATE! showcases AVA's talented Resident Artists. Together, they'll perform works by Saint-Saëns, Bach, Handel, Rossini, Mendelssohn, and more! David Antony Lofton conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra and Resident Artists.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 19:05:12 +0000 Jessica Schultz 4795 at http://wrti.org JUBILATE! A Concert of Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces
 Academy of Vocal Arts: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Nov. 10th at 1 pm http://wrti.org/post/academy-vocal-arts-rossinis-barber-seville-nov-10th-1-pm <p>Rossini’s melodies create the perfect atmosphere for the ever-popular comedy, <em>Il barbiere di Siviglia</em> (The Barber of Seville). Based on the Beaumarchais play of the same name, this farce makes use of outrageous scheming, hilarious disguises, and the vocal talent of the Academy of Vocal Arts' award-winning resident artists.<strong> Don't miss this very special broadcast on Saturday, November 10th, 1 to 4 pm. </strong></p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 20:37:49 +0000 WRTI Staff 4676 at http://wrti.org Academy of Vocal Arts: Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Nov. 10th at 1 pm Rising Opera Star William Davenport http://wrti.org/post/rising-opera-star-william-davenport <p>Ahead of WRTI's broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' 2012 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on Sunday at 3 pm - with listeners having the opportunity to vote for their personal favorite at wrti.org.&nbsp; Many Giargiari Competition participants have gone on to stellar careers, and in recent years three in particular have also been awarded &nbsp;the prestigious Richard Tucker Foundation Award, including tenors James Valenti and Stephen Costello, and soprano Angela Meade.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 15:01:00 +0000 Jim Cotter 4526 at http://wrti.org Rising Opera Star William Davenport