BRAVA Philadelphia! AVA’s 85th Anniversary!

The Academy of Vocal Arts #AVA brings opera to The Met Philadelphia stage for the first time in over 80 years! Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at The Met Philly. Help secure the legacy of #opera in #America and abroad!

Join AVA as they celebrate their 85th anniversary with BrAVA Philadelphia! on March 28, 2020. Don’t miss an evening of spectacular singing, featuring performances by international opera stars and AVA alumni sopranos Angela Meade and Latonia Moore, tenors Bryan Hymel and Taylor Stayton, bass-baritone James Morris along with rising opera stars soprano Vanessa Vasquez, mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig, baritone Jared Bybee, and bass-baritone André Courville. AVA’s current roster of Resident Artists will also lend their voices throughout the evening. The concert will feature a full orchestra, conducted by AVA’s Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Chair Maestro Christofer Macatsoris. 

Gala Honorees: AVA is pleased to honor the men who rescued and restored The Met Philadelphia with the AVA Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award: Rev. Mark Hatcher of the Holy Ghost Headquarters, Eric Blumenfeld of EB Realty Management Corporation, and Geoff Gordon of Live Nation. AVA is proud to also bestow this honor on our internationally recognized voice teacher Bill Schuman, who has been on faculty for over 30 years

Please note: For information on the gala portion of the evening, please visit the AVA website. Gala tickets may be purchased through AVA only by calling 215-735-1685 or visiting AVA’s website


Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust is coming up January 25th at The Metropolitan Opera!

Berlioz’s Damnation of Faust is coming up January 25th at The Metropolitan Opera! An exciting cast with an amazing work.  Get tickets!

Jan. 25 – Feb. 8: Hector Berlioz, one of the greatest of all composers, does not get the attention he deserves. The Met had scheduled seven performances of his sublime La Damnation de Faust. Then it announced that the work would be given in concert form because of “the unanticipated technical demands of reviving” its Robert Lepage production, which “proved to be impossible to accommodate within the company’s production schedule.” Then, three dates were eliminated and replaced by additional performances of the company’s big hit, Porgy and Bess. So there are only four chances to hear Bryan Hymel and Michael Spyres (who share the title role), Elīna Garanča (Marguerite), and Ildar Abdrazakov (Méphistophélès).



Hymel begins the 2019-20 season as Roméo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at San Francisco Opera. The 2019 gala concert with the Richard Tucker Foundation, followed by his return to the Metropolitan Opera as Faust in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust. Additionally, he sings Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly at Opera Philadelphia, Arrigo in I vespri siciliani at Opernhaus Zürich and the title role in Don Carlo at the Greek National Opera in December.

Royal Opera House to Live Stream Carmen with Bryan Hymel

The Royal Opera House will be live streaming their July 2nd performance of Carmen on YouTube!

The cast includes:

Award-winning director Barrie Kosky provides a refreshing perspective on this well-known opera. He explores Carmen’s ever-changing nature – marked by her series of contrasting costumes – and her vitality through dance. The pre-recorded voice of a narrator (perhaps Carmen herself) ensures that we experience the whole story from her perspective, and the production’s unique performing edition (by Michael Rot) offers a chance for audience members to hear music Bizet omitted from the opera’s first performances.

Carmen had only lukewarm success at its 1875 premiere – perhaps due to its unconventional subject – but soon became immensely popular, and has remained so. Its glorious score boasts a host of wonderful melodies, including Carmen’s sensual Habanera and Seguidilla, Don José’s tender Flower Aria and Escamillo’s rousing Toreador’s Song. There are also passionate duologues, above all the intense, final confrontation between Carmen and Don José.

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