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Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwinde Township to the World Stage.

Musa Ngqungwana, bass-baritone and ’14 AVA alumnus has had an eventful couple of months. Not only has Musa been vigorously preparing for his now-ended and successful run as Colline in Washington National Opera’s La bohème, but he has also been busy publishing his autobiography, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwinde Township to the World…

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Posted by Samantha van Adelsberg on November 20, 2014 at 12:00pm

Tempesta plays 2 Bachs & Telemann

Tempesta plays 2 Bachs & Telemann

orchestral music by the father, the son, and the godfather

Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann—father, son and godfather—shared in lifelong personal and musical exchanges. The program showcases the musical…

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Posted by Tempesta di Mare on November 18, 2014 at 2:11pm

Previous Giargiari Bel Canto Competition Winners - Where are they now?

History of competition

Based on the love of Bel Canto, “beautiful singing” in Italian, opera devotee Raymond F. Giargiari created a live-audience based competition that would explore the unlimited wonders of the human voice. The competition was fashioned in memory of his late father and brother, both opera fans and AVA supporters. Thus, AVA’s Giargiari Bel Canto Competition was born.  This annual aria competition features Academy of Vocal Arts’ Resident Artists as they…

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Posted by Samantha van Adelsberg on October 15, 2014 at 11:06am

Opera in Athletics

This evening, AVA alumna, Kansas City native and celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato will 10714089_10152379341962441_7143215545560726269_o perform the National Anthem during Game 7 of the World Series. DiDonato was selected by Major League Baseball to sing after an online voting campaign #letjoycesing went viral. The…

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Posted by Samantha van Adelsberg on October 29, 2014 at 12:13pm

THE MAIN LINE BRASS QUINTET

When they enter

the brass gleams

like a miser's gaping mouth,

and as they tune up

the sound of a huge machine.

          Trumpet speaks with trombone

          French horn with trumpet,

          while tuba puffs and mumbles.

Yes, armies parade by

on wide boulevards and

emperors enter throne rooms,

but also wild horses

gallop and angels soar.

          Tones of gold coins…

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Posted by Ray Greenblatt on November 2, 2014 at 8:15pm

VERIZON HALL AT THE KIMMEL CENTER

I walk into a gigantic ear

I walk into a titanic cello

          of warm woods and

          burnished brass fixtures

to settle into a comfortable seat

          even with leg room

lights dim

the conductor strokes the air

and I float into another world

                    Muti's silken mane

                    Sawallisch's Old World bearing

                    Eschenbach's intensity

          now…

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Posted by Ray Greenblatt on September 15, 2014 at 4:00pm

 
 
 

 

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