Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

Tenor Bryan Hymel's Heroic Voice

Mar 20, 2015

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.

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. 

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! 

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."

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.

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

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.

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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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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