A Night at the Opera
A night at the Opera means luxury, fashion, and of course beautiful music. While all of that is still true, Philly is shaking it up. I attended the AVA Giargiari Bel Canto Competition this year and while it was my first time at the Opera, it certainly won't be my last.
Under Music Director: Richard A. Raub, each AVA student sang a piece of their choice and at the end, the audience voted for their favorite. It was magnetic, fun, and definitely had the audience in awe. While normally their performances are at their 1920 Spruce Street home, because of the magnitude of the event it was held in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center.
It is such a great opportunity to go into your community and city to support the arts and artists who dedicate their life to making our experience in this world beautiful and I cannot wait to go to my next event!
About : AVA
In 1933, the United States was still in the grip of the Great Depression. Few people could afford any kind of higher education, especially the long and costly training needed for a career in opera. Helen Corning Warden, a prominent member of Philadelphia society, recognized the need for a school where talented singers would receive the highest quality professional training they needed to master their art. Encouraged by voice teacher Edgar Milton Cooke, Mrs. Warden and a group of her friends set out to establish a school for professional singers, a school that would provide tuition-free education.
For more than seventy-five years, gifted singers have come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that the Academy of Vocal Arts offers. Admission into AVA’s four-year program is highly competitive, with approximately 30 singers enrolled in any given year. Those who are accepted are immersed in an intensive performance program led by some of the most dedicated and inspired teachers and creative artists in the world of opera.
Today, AVA is the only tuition-free institution dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. When singers leave AVA, they are prepared to share their gifts with audiences of the world, fulfilling not only their own hopes and dreams, but those of AVA’s wise and generous founder.
They have events throughout the season that range from competitions to performances and each one is more exciting and wonderful than the last.
Check them out here: AVA Opera