AVAround the world: Summer 2021


Please note that it is never our intention to omit alumni.

Summer is heating up, and live opera is returning! We’re delighted to share upcoming summer engagements and recent news of several alumni:  

Ailyn Pérez (’06), Michael Fabiano (’09) and Alfred Walker (’97) will perform in San Francscio Opera’s production of Tosca, August 21 through September 5, 2021.  

Vanessa Vasquez (’18) stars in Le nozze di Figaro at Santa Fe Opera, where she’ll sing the role of the Countess.

Corinne Winters (’11) is making her Madama Butterfly debut with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Latonia Moore (’04) can be seen at the Glimmerglass Festival, where she will sing the role of Leonora in Il trovatore. She is pictured below at AVA with her 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Porgy and Bess.

Stephen Costello (’07) and André Courville (’17) are set to star in Cincinnati Opera‘s production of Carmen, singing the roles of Don José and Zuniga, respectively.

Burak Bilgili (’04) and Chris Kenney (’16) will perform together in Cincinnati Opera’s production of The Barber of Seville.

Alexandra Nowakowski (’18) returned to Wolf Trap Opera to sing the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd.

Several alumni can be seen at Des Moines Metro Opera this summer. Taylor Stayton (’11), Scott Conner (’12) and Jonas Hacker (’17) all star together in Platèe, and Zachary Nelson (’13) sings the title role in Sweeney Todd.

Matthew White (’19) will sing in Chausson’s rarely-performed Le roi Arthus at Bard SummerScape.

Patrick Guetti (’14) was featured in June issue of Opera News, pictured below.

In August, Musa Ngqungwana (’14) will perform at the Salzburg Festival in Intolleranza 1960.

Pascale Spinney (’21) will sing the role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas, and Galeano Salas (’16) sings the role of the Duke in Rigoletto, both with Central City Opera.

Hannah Ludwig (’18) stars in Teatro Nuovo’s production of The Barber of Seville July 27 and 28.

Alasdair Kent (’17) is currently singing the role of Lindoro in L’italiana in Algeri with The Israeli Opera.

Last month, Levent Bakirci (’08) performed in concert with Teatro La Fenice and Teatro Carlo Felice Genova. Stream here.

Karen Barraza (‘17) and Mackenzie Whitney (‘16), along with their adorable pup Frida, recently starred in Charlottesville Opera’s production of La bohème. They are pictured below, taken while visiting AVA this summer.

Written and compiled by AVA’s Manager of PR and Communications Camille Mola (cmola@avaopera.org).

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