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Academy of Vocal Arts

Rossini's Hot Playlist

Lew Whittington | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Lew Whittington

What is it about Rossini operas that make them still hot tickets? Could it be those galloping orchestrals or heart-stopping vocal vaults? Or perhaps those preposterous story lines are needed distractions in a time of stress.

ROW Premieres Tchaikovsky Rarity

Lew Whittington | Posted 09.01.2014 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Pianist and repertoire specialist Ghenady Meirson has been the go to-master for two decades in Philadelphia for authentic Russian operatic repertoire.

AVA's Boffo Ballo

Lew Whittington | Posted 07.08.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, currently at the Academy of Vocal Arts and locally toured is brought to its full Verdian power under the direction of Tito Capobianco and AVA conductor Christofer Macatsoris.

AVA's Glittering DonQ

Lew Whittington | Posted 05.05.2013 | Arts
Lew Whittington

The production design, metallic windmills and lattice background with star insets, Spanish balcony and fine-line costume designs is compact and effective in the intimate setting of the Warden Theater.

The Mind of a Professional

Eric J. Henderson | Posted 02.27.2013 | Arts
Eric J. Henderson

As we alternate between the roles of spectator and performer, we owe each other inspired work before taking the stage, the kind that lays weaknesses bare, but follows with a view into our capacity to accomplish unreal things.