Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

Opera Day on WRTI!
7:11 am
Sat November 15, 2014

AVA's THE ITALIAN GIRL IN ALGIERS on WRTI: Saturday, Nov. 15 at 1 PM

Mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig sings Isabella in Rossini's L'italiana In Algeri.

Join us for Opera Day on WRTI! This year, the opera in the starring role is AVA's current production of L'italiana In Algeri. Blurring the line between blatant sentimentality and utter lunacy, emotions and tensions flare in Gioachino Rossini’s jovial operatic drama of an Italian beauty shipwrecked and captured by the Bey of Algiers.

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Crossover
6:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

A Love Duet: Tenor Stephen Costello and Soprano Ailyn Perez

Soprano Ailyn Perez and tenor Stephen Costello met as students at AVA.

First they were students at AVA. During their studies, they were companions. Eventually they performed together on stage.  Then came love, and later, the altar. All because of opera. And we can say, "We knew them when."

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WRTI Spotlight
8:30 am
Mon November 10, 2014

WRTI's Opera Day! Saturday, November 15th, 6 am to 6 pm

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in Rossini's L’iltaliana in Algeri performed by resident artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts. Saturday, November 15, 6 am to 6 pm on WRTI.

Hosted by WRTI's Dave Conant, Jill Pasternak, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis, this celebration of opera will include numerous thank-you gifts to inspire you as we try to raise $30,000 in support of opera on WRTI.

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Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI
12:39 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Vote for Your Favorite Singer! The AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI, Oct. 12, 4 PM

Tenor Dominick Chenes

You have spoken!  You voted for the WRTI audience favorite from the 35th annual Academy of Vocal Arts Giargiari Bel Canto Competition. And the winners are:

WRTI Audience Favorites:
1st Place: Tenor Dominick Chenes
2nd Place: Soprano Anush Avetisyan
3rd Place: Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola

Live Competition Winners:
1st Place: Bass-baritone André Courville
2nd Place Tenor Dominick Chenes / Baritone Jorge Espino (tie)
Audience Favorite: Tenor Dominick Chenes

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Creatively Speaking
5:44 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Musa: A Name You'll Remember...

South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana

The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a recent graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule in the upcoming season.

WRTI’s Susan Lewis speaks with Musa about his career thus far, and the road ahead.

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ENCORE!
5:20 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Massenet's MANON, May 4 at 3 PM

Bass-baritone Daniel Noyola and soprano Sydney Mancasola

Jules Massenet's most enduring opera, Manon, will be presented in a not-to-be-missed broadcast on Sunday afternoon on WRTI by the Academy of Vocal Arts. The opera, based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost, tells the story of a young girl with conflicting desires for love and luxury, corrupted by the idea of the glamorous life.

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ENCORE!
9:59 am
Sun March 23, 2014

AVA's JUBILATE! Sacred Music and Oratorio Masterpieces on WRTI, March 23, 3 PM

The Academy of Vocal Arts' annual Jubilate! concert is something audiences look forward to each year.

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ENCORE!
4:01 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Verdi's LA TRAVIATA on Sunday at 4:15 PM

Lyric soprano Chloe Moore sings Violetta in AVA's LA TRAVIATA
Paul Sirochman

Giuseppe Verdi's three-act masterpiece La Traviata (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.

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Opera on WRTI
5:07 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Mozart's COSI FAN TUTTE: AVA on WRTI, November 9, 1 PM

Julia Dawson and Melinda Whittington in the AVA's production of Cosi fan tutte
Paul Sirochman

Mozart’s comic masterpiece, Così fan tutte, 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. Don't miss this very special Academy of Vocal Arts broadcast on Saturday, November 9th, 1 to 4 pm.

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Let Your Voice Be Heard!
2:08 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

AVA's Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on WRTI: Oct. 6th at 3 PM

Mezzo-soprano Kristina Nicole Lewis in the 2012 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition at the Perelman Theater.
Paul Sirochman

The votes are in! The winners of this year'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.

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