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.
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."
You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour day of opera featuring beloved arias, choruses, and ballet excerpts culminating in Rossini'sL’iltaliana in Algeriperformed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.