Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)

Listen to seven resident artists from the Academy of Vocal Arts serenade us with music from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, live from the WRTI Performance Studio. WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

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.

Join us today from 6 AM to 6 PM for WRTI’s Annual Opera Day—a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera hosted by WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside, Debra Lew Harder, Mark Pinto and Joe Patti.

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The Academy of Vocal Arts’ annual concert of sacred vocal music on WRTI 90.1 features time-honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods. AVA's award-winning Resident Artists perform selections by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Rossini and more!

Get set for an Academy of Vocal Arts Opera broadcast of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos! The work explores the competition between high and low art for the public’s attention. A show within a show, two troupes of musicians perform two shows at the same time to create the love story of Ariadne and the god Bacchus.

Today Is Opera Day on WRTI 90.1

Nov 8, 2017

You're invited to a spectacular 12-hour celebration of opera, from 6 am to 6 pm, hosted by WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder, Gregg Whiteside, Jack Moore, and Susan Lewis. Contribute now or call 1-866-809-9784 to help make Opera Day a big success!

Academy of Vocal Arts

We hope you enjoyed the October 14th broadcast of the Academy of Vocal Arts' popular 2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition, recorded live at the Kimmel Center.

Join us on Easter Sunday as Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) presents its annual concert of sacred choral music, Jubilate!, on April 16th from 3 to 5:30 pm on WRTI.

Bravissimo for Opera Day on WRTI!

Nov 7, 2016

Opera Day is over...we hope you enjoyed it! If you'd like to support opera on WRTI there's still time to make a difference. Donate online or call 1-866-809-9784. Thank you!

The Philadelphia region is rich with music schools training the next generation of artists. South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, a 2014 graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts, and a 2013 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, stands out and already has a busy international performance schedule.

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