AVAround the World: Winter 2017

Welcome to another installment of AVA Alumni Around the World: Winter 2017 Edition. In this segment, we will be taking a look at the upcoming engagements our alumni are performing in all around the globe! Check below to see how our AVA alumni are welcoming in the new year in a big way:

Soprano Angela Meade will be performing the title role in Norma at the Metropolitan Opera through December 16. She will also be singing with Seattle Symphony December 28, 29, 30 in Beethoven: Symphony No. 9. She will perform a recital with Philadelphia Chamber Music Society at the Kimmel Center on January 7 and at Santa Fe on January 14. AVA will be hosting a Young Professionals event for this concert – stay tuned for details! Angela will also perform the title role in Semiramide at the Metropolitan Opera on February  19, 24, 28 and March 3, 6, 10, 14, 18. Lastly, she will perform Mahler: Symphony No. 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic on March 23 and 25.

(Angela Meade and Jamie Barton at The Met; Photo Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera)

Michael Fabiano will be singing the role of The Duke in Rigoletto at the Royal Opera house from Dec 14 -Jan 16. He will be performing the role of Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera starting March 22. Finally, he will sing the role of Carrado in Il corsaro Paulau de at Les Arts Reina Sofia starting March 28.

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(Photo Credit: Opera Australia)

A big congratulations to mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato on another Grammy nomination – this year, 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Classical Vocal Solo! Since November, Joyce has been singing the title role in Semiramide at the Royal Opera House London. She will sing it through December 16.

Joyce will also be singing with Brentano String Quartet at Wigmore Hall, London on December 18 and 21. Also, on December 29, 30, and 31, she will perform in the Silvester Concerts with Berliner Philharmoniker. In January and February, she will sing the role of Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking at Teatro Real and Barbican Theatre.

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Soprano Ailyn Pérez will be performing in Germany from February 16-21 at Bayerische Staatsoper. There, she will sing the role of Micaela in Carmen. Beginning in April, Ailyn will perform the role of Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at the Metropolitan Opera alongside fellow AVA alum Bryan Hymel. Read her recent article in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

Bryan will also be performing in Faust at Deutsche Oper Berlin in Germany this summer! He recently received outstanding reviews from his performances at The Royal Opera – read here and here.

Photo: Dario Acosta

Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano, can be seen at the Washington National Opera a fair amount in this upcoming year. She will finish her run as The Fox in The Little Prince on December 17. Several other AVA alums can also be seen in The Little Prince: Christian Bowers and Michael Adams as the Pilot, and Christopher Kenney as the Businessman.

On January 19 and 21, Allegra will sing the role of Zagner Sister 2 in the new opera Proving Up, and starting in March, she will perform in Don Carlo singing the role of Tebaldo. Both performances are with the Washington National Opera.

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Stephen Costello and Joyce El-Khoury are in Madrid performing the Teatro Real’s new production of La bohème! Stephen can be seen as Rodolfo and Joyce as Musetta, both starting next week. In late January, Stephen will begin his run as the Duke in Rigoletto with Canadian Opera Company. Joyce’s album ÉCHO was recently listed as one of The Times and The Sunday Times’ Best Classical Albums of the Year!

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Stephen Costello and Joyce El-Khoury

Soprano Ellie Dehn will be performing as the Soprano Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Florida Orchestra on Dec 21, 22, and 23. Starting January 11, Ellie will be singing the role of Musetta in La bohème at Teatro di San Carlo.

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Finally, we have some exciting AVA Resident Artist news!

Please join us in congratulating two AVA Resident Artists and one alum who recently won scholarships from the Mario Lanza Institute!
Third Year Tenor Piotr Buzsewski – First Place
First Year Soprano Alexandra Razskazoff – Second Place
Baritone Jorge Espino (AVA ’17)- Fourth Place

AVA Master Vocal Coach Luke Housner was the competition’s accompanist.

Photo caption: L-R: Jorge Espino (4th place), Siena Licht Miller (3rd place), Alexandra Razskazoff (2nd place), Piotr Buzsewski (1st place) and accompanist Luke Housner.

 

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Four AVA Resident Artists will be heading to the The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to perform for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Region Finals in February. Please join us in congratulating Meryl Dominguez, Matthew White, Ethan Simpson and Brent Michael Smith! AVA Master Vocal Coach Richard A. Raub was once again the official pianist for the competition, and will also play at the Kennedy Center Region Finals.

To see more of what our Resident Artists have been up to recently, please visit this link.

It is never our intention to omit any AVA alumni. If you notice any discrepancies, please contact info@avaopera.org.

Written by AVA Marketing/PR Intern Madison Miner. Madison Miner is a senior Communications major at West Chester University, and an intern in AVA’s Marketing Department.

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Fall 2017: A Look Back

So far, this season at AVA has been a most memorable one. As the holiday season and break soon approaches, let’s take a look back at at all of the things our Resident Artists have been up to so far this year…

AVA has put on a number of incredible recitals and performances so far this year! Check below to reminisce:

AVA’s 2017 New Resident Artist Recital: 

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The new Resident Artists displayed their talent in this recital back in September. We were so happy to welcome them and are thrilled to see what they have in store in these next four years! Meet the new Resident Artists here.

Giargiari Bel Canto Competition

In early October, AVA’s Resident Artists competed in the annual Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, held at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. AVA alumnus and world-renowned bass-baritone James Morris, The Metropolitan Opera’s Joshua Winograde and Palm Beach Opera’s Scott Guzielek presided as the evening’s judges and award the prizes. The audience also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer! Philadelphia blogger Marissa Baum recapped the evening on her blog here.

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Congratulations to:
Claire de Monteil and Alexandra Razskazoff – First Prize Winners (tie)
Piotr Buszewski – Second Prize
Meryl Dominguez – Audience Favorite Prize

WRTI Winners
Roy Hage – First Place
Alexandra Nowakowski – Second Place
Piotr Buszewski
 – Third Place

Congratulations to all!

Verdi’s Il trovatore 

Next up, AVA’s stunning performances of Verdi’s classic Il trovatore in November. This was AVA’s first production of Verdi’s immortal classic in 20 years. This extraordinary opera started off AVA’s season in just the right way!

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Claire de monteil and Mackenzie Gotcher

With raving reviews from the Philadelphia Inquirer and DC Metro Theater, Il trovatore was definitely one to remember.

Along with performing here at AVA, many of our Resident Artists are experiencing amazing opportunities outside of these walls! Here are a few:

Resident Artist Roy Hage deserves congratulations on his performance as First Armored Man back in September in Opera Philadelphia‘s Die Zauberflöte!

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In October we congratulated fourth-year Resident Artist soprano Alexandra Nowakowski who won the Second Prize in the 2017 Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition!

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Also, third-year Resident Artist soprano Meryl Dominguez won the Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Scholarship this past October! Bravo!

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Resident Artist tenor Marco Cammarota sang the role of Cavaradossi in Arizona Opera‘s production of Puccini’s Tosca in November. You can check out the full cast here.

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Another artist to make an exciting debut was John Matthew Myers who performed as the tenor soloist a few weeks ago at Carnegie Hall with the Canterbury Choral Society!

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AVA Resident Artist Claire de Monteil will be making her French debut this December, as she will be singing the role of Simone in the comic opera Les Mousquetaires au couvent at Opéra Grand Avignon!

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Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano will make her debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Handel’s Messiah!

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Vanessa Vasquez earned a great review in Opera News for her performance of Liù in Des Moines Metro Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly.

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Congratulations to all of our Resident Artists for all of their hard work.

Even though the beginning of the season is coming to a close, the new year is just around the corner!

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Still to come this December: an evening of Russian Romances at AVA. The December 14th performance includes an event for young professionals!

Join us at AVA for three more incredible operas and three more incredible chances to see our Resident Artists shine! The first opera we will be performing is Das Rheingold opening on January 20. The next is Ariadne auf Naxos opening on February 24. And opening on April 21 Verdi’s classic, La traviata.

You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to see our Resident Artists take on these operas. We hope to see you in the new year!

Written by AVA PR/Marketing Intern Madison Miner

2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition

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We are so excited for the 2017 Giargiari Competition! AVA’s Resident Artists will perform on Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater. AVA faculty member Richard A. Raub will join the Resident Artists on stage, as both the pianist and music director. They have been working tirelessly and have selected some incredible pieces for the show. Here is a sneak peek of what’s in store:

TIMOTHY RENNER, baritone

             Si può? Si può? | Pagliacci

              Ruggero Leoncavallo (1857-1919)

 

REBECCA GULINELLO, soprano

                Mercé, dilette amiche | I vespri siciliani

                Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

 

MATTHEW WHITE, tenor

                È la solita storia del pastore… Anch’io vorrei dormir così | L’arlesiana

                Francesco Ciléa (1866-1950)

 

PASCALE SPINNEY, mezzo-soprano

                È sgombro il loco… Ah! Parea che per incanto | Anna Bolena

                Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

 

ETHAN SIMPSON, baritone

                Alzati!… Eri tu che macchiavi quell’anima | Un ballo in maschera

                Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

 

CLAIRE DE MONTEIL, soprano

                Robert, toi que j’aime | Robert le diable

                Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791-1864)

 

ROY HAGE, tenor

               Il était une fois à la cour d’Eisenach! | Les contes d’Hoffmann

                Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)

 

ALEXANDRA RAZSKAZOFF, soprano

               Glück, das mir verblieb | Die tote Stadt

                Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)

 

MARCO CAMMAROTA, tenor

                I know that you all hate me | The Saint of Bleecker Street

                Gian Carlo Menotti (1911-2007)

 

PIOTR BUSZEWSKI, tenor

               Parigi! È la città dei desideri | La rondine

                Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

 

MERYL DOMINGUEZ, soprano

               Oui, pour ce soir… Je suis Titania! | Mignon

                Ambroise Thomas (1811- 1896)

 

ABRAHAM BRETÓN, tenor

               Addio fiorito asil | Madama Butterfly

                Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

 

ANTHONY WHITSON-MARTINI, baritone

                Come un’ape ne’ giorni d’aprile | La cenerentola             

                Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

 

JOANA RUSCHE, soprano

               De cet affreux combat… Pleurez mes yeux | Le Cid

                Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

 

MACKENZIE GOTCHER, tenor

                Cielo e mar! | La gioconda

                Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886)

 

HANNAH LUDWIG, mezzo-soprano

               Où suis-je?… O ma lyre immortelle | Sapho

                Charles Gounod (1818-1893)

 

DANIEL NOYOLA, bass-baritone

               Ça, vous commettez tous… Riez, allez! | Don Quichotte

                Jules Massenet (1842-1912)

 

ALEXANDRA NOWAKOWSKI, soprano

               En proie à la tristesse… O bon hermite | Le Comte Ory    

                Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

 

Tickets to the event are still available but selling quickly! Tickets may be purchased via the Kimmel Center website or by calling their box office at 215-893-1999. Don’t miss your chance to vote for your favorite! We look forward to seeing you there!