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

Academy of Vocal Arts' Le nozze di Figaro © Paul Sirochman
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.
****1
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Prokofiev's commedia dell’arte showpiece in Philadelphia

Barry Banks (Truffaldino) and Katherine Pracht (Pincess Linetta) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Alessandro Talevi production for Festival O has sight gags and vaudeville tricks aplenty and features splendid voices in a fine cast. 
*****
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“Arise, fair sun”: Gounod's Roméo et Juliette captivates

Meryl Dominguez (Juliette) and Matthew White (Roméo) © Paul Sirochman
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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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
*****
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Handel's Xerxes comes to Glimmerglass

John Holiday (Xerxes) © Karli Cadel
Handel’s Xerxes (1738) was part of this year’s “home and homeland” season at Glimmerglass Festival.
***11
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