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Performer: Academy of Vocal Arts

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Celebrating AVA’s 85th year: an outstanding Le nozze di Figaro

As part of its 85th season, Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts presented a Le nozze di Figaro excellent in voices, singing, acting, conducting, orchestra, direction, sets and costumes.
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“Arise, fair sun”: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette captivates

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts Presents Gounod’s *Roméo et Juliette* with a fine young cast at the Haverford School. 
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Superb AVA Puccini double bill in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts presents a wonderful Puccini double bill of Suor Angelica and Le villi.
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A totally groovy Così fan tutte from the AVA in Philadelphia

What is it about Mozart’s Così fan tutte that inspires the zaniest interpretations? While the music is lovely, replete with all those lush trios, quartets, and quintets that operagoers live for, the storyline is silly if not downright insipid.
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Big, beautiful voices power AVA's Ballo

“For some operas,” famed conductor Carlo Maria Giulini once said, “you can accept a voice of not absolute beauty – if it is well used and he is an artist and interpreter, it will work. But for Verdi you need all this plus the essential sound.
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Don Quichotte victorious at Philadelphia Academy

As the legend goes, a noble cavalier loses his battle with giant windmills. But the Academy of Vocal Arts wins big with their latest production, Jules Massenet’s melodic Don Quichotte.
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