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AVA's Significance to the Opera World

The mission of the Academy of Vocal Arts is to be the world’s premier institution for training young artists as international opera soloists. 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 will train artists with the high potential for career success while enriching lives in Philadelphia and beyond.

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Resident Artist Profile

Kara Mulder

soprano · Third year


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Musa Ngqungwana

bass-baritone ’14 · Port Elizabeth, South Africa

His is a bass-baritone of much warmth, and its carrying power seems to come with an ease somewhat uncommon to this voice range. He sang and acted his way through the role in a manner that won him a deserved roar of applause at the final curtain.

George B. Parous, Pittsburgh in the Round

Opera Outreach Program: Preparing the Audiences of Tomorrow!

Opera Outreach, AVA’s educational program, gives middle and high school students the opportunity to learn about all aspects of opera through comprehensive study guides, followed by live performances of the opera they studied. After each opera performance, students are able to interact with the performers in lively question-and-answer sessions.

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