Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

AVA Opera on WRTI
6:18 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI: Gounod's FAUST, May 3rd at 3 PM

Mexican tenor Diego Silva sings the title role

Join us for another broadcast in our series of operas from the Academy of Vocal Arts.  AVA Opera Theater is currently presenting Charles Gounod’s Faust, in a series of performances throughout the Delaware Valley. Additional performances are scheduled for Centennial Hall at the Haverford School, Haverford on May 5th, and Central Bucks East High School, Doylestown on May 9th. Listen on WRTI this Sunday, May 3, from 3 to 6 pm.

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BrAVA on WRTI
3:33 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Stars of AVA Sing! Academy of Vocal Arts Gala 80th Anniversary Concert on WRTI: April 12 at 3 PM

Tenor James Valenti, AVA alum '06

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center was filled with opera lovers - and some of the best-loved singers on the scene today - during BrAVA 2015, the Academy of Vocal Arts' 80th-anniversary celebration in late March. 

Christofer Macatsoris conducted the full AVA Opera Orchestra, in an evening of favorite arias and ensemble pieces featuring performances by AVA Alumni and resident artists.

WRTI brings you the magic of that evening on Sunday, April 12th 3 to 5 pm. Thor Eckert hosts. 

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Crossover
11:50 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tenor Bryan Hymel's Heroic Voice

Tenor Bryan Hymel

Heroic, indeed.  So much so, that his first CD is called, Héroïque.  Sure, the title refers to the music on tenor Bryan Hymel's freshman solo recording, a portrayal of the heroic figures of French grand opera. But to accurately portray those characters, it doesn't hurt to have an heroic voice.

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WRTI Spotlight
6:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Jubilate! Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI, March 15 at 3 PM

Conductor David Anthony Lofton
Donato Valentino

Join us as AVA Resident Artists perform time-honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods in AVA's annual broadcast of sacred works, accompanied by the AVA Opera Orchestra and The Choirs of Bryn Mawr's Church of The Redeemer, recorded in concert just last week. 

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AVA Opera
11:43 am
Sun February 15, 2015

AVA Opera Theater on WRTI: Puccini's La Bohéme, Feb. 15 at 3 pm

AVA resident artists Mackenzie Whitney (Rodolfo) and Marina Costa-Jackson (Mimi)

What a perfect way to wrap up Valentine's weekend! Spend Sunday, February 15 from 3 to 5:30 pm with one of the great operatic love stories of all time, Puccini's La Bohéme, presented by the Academy of Vocal Arts on WRTI.

The opera tells the story of a poor poet, and an equally poor seamstress, as they fall in love one cold winter in 19th-century Paris. The opera is based on Scenes of Bohemian Life, a book by Henri Murger. One of the most beloved operas in the repertoire, and a broadcast not to be missed! 

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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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WRTI Arts Desk
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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