Listen to five Resident Artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) sing LIVE in the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside is host as singers perform duet, trio, and quintet highlights from AVA's current production of Mozart's Cosi fan tutte.
AVA Resident Artists featured in the WRTI broadcast include: Claire de Monteil (soprano), Pascale Spinney (mezzo-soprano), Ethan Simpson (baritone), and Brent Michael Smith (bass), and Oliver Sewell (tenor). Elise Auberach accompanies the singers on piano.
Opening Trio: Don Alfonso: Brent Michael Smith; Ferrando: Oliver Sewell; Guglielmo: Ethan Simpson
Act I Quintet: Don Alfonso: Brent Michael Smith; Ferrando: Oliver Sewell; Guglielmo: Ethan Simpson; Fiordiligi: Claire de Monteil; Dorabella: Pascal Spinney
Act II Duet (Prendero quel brunettino): Fiordiligi: Claire de Monteil; Dorabella: Pascal Spinney
Listen to AVA's annual Jubilate! A Concert of Sacred Music on WRTI 90.1 on Sunday, March 24th at 4 PM.
Through rigorous instruction and coaching, and by presentations of Resident Artists from around the world in concerts, oratorios, public programs and fully staged professional opera productions, AVA trains artists with a high potential for international career success as opera soloists, while enriching lives in Philadelphia and beyond.
AVA is distinguished by its reputation for high-quality performances that are acclaimed by critics locally, nationally, and internationally. Each year AVA Resident Artists are presented in four or five fully-staged opera productions accompanied by orchestra. Resident Artists are cast in leading roles that they will in all likelihood continue to perform for the rest of their careers.