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Stars of AVA Sing! Academy of Vocal Arts Gala 80th Anniversary Concert on WRTI: April 12 at 3 PM

Tenor James Valenti, AVA alum '06

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center was filled with opera lovers - and some of the best-loved singers on the scene today - during BrAVA 2015, the Academy of Vocal Arts' 80th-anniversary celebration in late March. 

Christofer Macatsoris conducted the full AVA Opera Orchestra, in an evening of favorite arias and ensemble pieces featuring performances by AVA Alumni and resident artists.

WRTI brings you the magic of that evening on Sunday, April 12th 3 to 5 pm. Thor Eckert hosts. 


In questa reggia" - Turandot (Giacomo Puccini)
Othalie Graham ('04), soprano

"Acerba voluttá" - Adriana Lecouvreur (Francesco Cilea)
Nancy Herrera ('95), mezzo-soprano

"E lucevan le stelle" – Tosca (Giacomo Puccini)
James Valenti ('06), tenor      

"Ebben? ne andò lontana" - La Wally (Alfredo Catalani)
Angela Meade ('09), soprano

"Au fond du temple saint" - The Pearl Fishers (Georges Bizet)
Shawn Mathey ('01), tenor with second-year baritone Jared Bybee

"C'est toi!, C'est moi!"- Carmen (Georges Bizet)
Nancy Herrera ('95), mezzo-soprano; Richard Troxell ('92), tenor

"Le veau d'or" – Faust (Charles Gounod)
Burak Bilgili ('04), bass-baritone

"Scena e duetto " - Lucia di Lammermoor (Gaetano Donizetti)
Angela Meade ('09), soprano; Stephen Costello ('07), tenor

"Chi mi frena in tal momento" - Lucia di Lammermoor (Gaetano Donizetti)
AVA Resident Artists

"Dein ist mein ganzes Herz " - Das Land des Lächelns (Franz Lehar)
Shawn Mathey ('01), tenor

"Dove sono" - Le nozze di Figaro (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Jan Cornelius ('11), soprano

"La calunnia" - Il barbiere di Siviglia (Gioachino Rossini)
Burak Bilgili ('04), bass-baritone

"Cessa di più resistere" - Il barbiere di Siviglia (Gioachino Rossini)
Taylor Stayton ('11), tenor

"Teco io sto... Gran Dio!" - Un ballo en maschera (Giuseppe Verdi)
James Valenti ('06), tenor with third-year soprano Marina Costa-Jackson

"Were Thine That Special Face" - Kiss Me, Kate (Cole Porter)
Richard Troxell ('92), tenor

"Without a Song" - Great Day (Vincent Youmans)
Stephen Costello ('07), tenor

"Pace, Pace mio Dio" - La Forza del Destino (Giuseppe Verdi)
Angela Meade ('09), soprano