Academy of Vocal Arts Announces Season Opening Concert

By Francisco Salazar

The Academy of Vocal Arts will kick off its new season with a concert of opera favorites.

The concert will feature Act three of Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Act two of Puccini’s “La bohème,” and ensembles from Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Ambroise Thomas’ “Mignon,” Franz Lehár’s “The Merry Widow,” Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia.”

The showcase will be performed by AVA’s award-winning Resident Artists and many members of the AVA community participating in various ways. The AVA Opera Orchestra will be conducted by AVA’s Jeannine B. Cowles Music Director Maestro Christofer Macatsoris and additional AVA faculty members. Alumnus Richard Troxell will be the concert’s stage director.

Audiences can check out the concert on Nov. 12 and 13, 2021 at Perelman Theater on the Kimmel Cultural Campus, Nov. 14, 2021 at The Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University,  Nov. 20, 2021 at Central Bucks South High School in Warrington, Bucks County and Nov. 30, 2021 at Centennial Hall at The Haverford School.