© 2024 WRTI
Your Classical and Jazz Source
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Listen: Singers from AVA Sing Cosi fan tutte Preview, Live from WRTI's Performance Studio

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

Information about upcoming AVA performances of Cosi fan tutte on March 9th and March 12th.

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.

Gregg was the host of WRTI's morning drive show from 2012 until his retirement from WRTI in January, 2021. He began producing and hosting The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcasts in 2013, joining the Orchestra in Hong Kong for the first-ever live international radio broadcasts from that island in 2016, and in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem for two historic broadcasts in 2018. You can still hear Gregg as host of the Orchestra broadcasts every Sunday and Monday on WRTI.