Academy of Vocal Arts Announces 2021-22 Season

By Logan Martell

Following a successful, inaugural season held online, the Academy of Vocal Arts has announced its 2021-22 season of live performances.

Based in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, AVA draws more than 200 singers globally each year for their program, of which less than 30 are chosen to become Resident Artists.

“We are delighted to present this exciting season, which features something for everyone,” said Scott Guzielek, Vice President and General Manager. “While we are proud of our virtual programming that was presented in response to COVID-19, live performances with audiences are crucial to the successful training of our Resident Artists.  They have missed performing in front of a live audience just as much as you’ve missed hearing them!”

This year’s roster of Resident Artists includes sopranos Aubry Ballaro, Yihan Duan, Leolla Grahn, Lydia Grindatto, Joanna Latini, Kara Mulder, Renee Richardson, and Ethel Trujillo; mezzos Alice Chung, Monique Galvao, Chelsea Laggan, and Anne Marie Stanley; tenors Angel Gomez, Luke Norvell, Zachary Rioux, Shawn Roth, and Sahel Salam; baritones Benjamin Dickerson, Kevin Godinez, and Titus Muzi; and basses Peter Barber, Eric Delagrange, Cody Muller, and Griffen Hogan Tracy.

The New Artists Recital will be Led by music director and pianist Jose Melendez. It will be made available exclusively to subscribers.

Performance Dates: Sept. 21 & 23, 2021.

Music director and pianist Danielle Orlando will lead the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition at the Perelman Theater on the Kimmel Cultural Campus.

Performance Date: Oct. 15, 2021.

Conductor Christofer Macatsoris will lead A Celebration of Opera, a concert including selections from “RIgoletto,” “La boheme,” “The Merry Widow,” “The Tales of Hoffman,” “Fidelio,” and “The Barber of Seville.”

Performance Dates: Nov. 12, 13, 14, 20, & 30, 2021.

There will be a semi-staged piano production of “Eugene Onegin.”

Performance Dates: Jan. 22, 25, 27, & 29, 2022.

There will also be a fully-staged piano production of “Mignon.”

Performance Dates: Feb. 19, 22, 24, & 26, 2021.

The institution will present “Jubliate! A Concert of Sacred Music.”

Performance Dates: March 19 & 20, 2022.

“La bohème” will be conducted by Christofer Macatsoris.

Performance Dates: April 30, May 10, 14, 2022.

Closing things down will be a Farewell Recital led by Jose Melendez.

Performance Date: May 13, 2022.