Written and compiled by AVA Administrative Associate Stephen Trygar and interviewed by AVA Public Relations and Marketing Manager Camille Mola
We would like to take a moment to congratulate one of our newest graduates Pascale Spinney! Ms. Spinney has been an integral part to the last four seasons here at AVA, first appearing as Ines in our 2017 production of Il trovatore. Since then, she has taken on many roles: Flosshilde in Das Rheingold, Flora Bervoix in La traviata, Turnspit in Rusalka, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, and Léonore in La favorite, and has sung in many of our various recitals and concerts. Ms. Spinney has also had the distinct pleasure of being stage director for our staged 2021 French Recital Verlain, Le Voyage Humain while also taking on the role of The Muse. Our audience will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Spinney perform as an AVA Resident Artist for the final time at our 2021 Farewell Recital. Reservations can still be made for this performance on our website. The Farewell Recital will be available to stream on AVA’s YouTube Channel starting on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. It will remain available for viewing until Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 11:59 P.M. Congratulations Pascale Spinney, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
What was your favorite role to perform at AVA?
“My favourite role to perform was Léonore in La favorite for many reasons. It was an exciting challenge vocally, I felt encouraged to grow artistically both by Maestro Raub and by my colleagues. I could sink my teeth in the dramatic range of the piece which culminated with the wonderful bonus of finally performing a death scene, a true rite of passage for an aspiring diva.”
What is your favorite AVA memory?
“My favourite AVA memory happened during a Le Villi staging rehearsal of the wedding scene between the tenor and the soprano. As a member of the chorus, I was told to sit at the table near said tenor and act as a happy wedding guest. The leading man began flirting with me, even taking hold of my hand, long enough for an exasperated David Gately to cry out: “Mr. White, your character is supposed to be in love with the woman he’s marrying. Could you maybe turn your affections towards her?” Mr. White and I began dating shortly thereafter, and I believe he’s very much in love with the woman he married.
What do you have planned next?
“Up next, I will be singing Dido in Dido and Aeneas and covering Maddalena in Rigoletto at Central City Opera this summer.”