A Celebration of Opera!

Conductors of the AVA Opera Orchestra: 

Stage Director: Richard Troxell

November 12–30, 2021

Vaccination cards and IDs are required for all performances. 

This concert includes supertitles 

Since AVA’s last live performance in February 2020, we felt the most appropriate way to kick off our new season with a concert of exciting opera moments! This concert will feature Act III of Verdi’s Rigoletto, Act II of Puccini’s La bohème, and ensembles from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Thomas’ Mignon, Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Beethoven’s Fidelio, and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. A Celebration of Opera! will feature the AVA Opera Orchestra with Maestro Christofer Macatsoris and guests conducting. Please note program is subject to change 

Final Performance: November 30, 2021 at Centennial Hall at the Haverford School – 450 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041. For this performance, vaccination cards are required, and masks are highly encouraged. 

If you are interested in attending the Opening Night Celebration prior to the November 12 performance, please click here for more details.

As A Celebration of Opera! will be held at the Kimmel Center, we will be in accordance with their safety measures: Effective September 18, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is joining performing arts centers across the nation in requiring that all our guests provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend all indoor public performances and events in all venues––including the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater.

A SPECIAL OFFER: First Responders and Essential Employees can receive 50% off tickets to the Kimmel Center performances by using code FIRST50 at checkout!



Don Giovanni | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

  • No.1 Introduzione: Notte e giorno faticar
    • Recitativo: Leporello, ove sei?
    • Recitativo: Ah del padre in periglio
  • No. 2 Recitativo e Duetto: Ma qual mal s’offre, oh Dei
    • Recitativo: Orsù, spicciati presto
  • No. 3 Aria: Ah chi mi dice mai
    • Recitativo: Chi è là? Stelle! che vedo!
  • No. 4 Aria: Madamina, il catalogo è questo

Christofer Macatsoris, Conductor


Fidelio | Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827)

  • Duett: Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sing wir allein
  • Arie: O wär ich schon mit dir vereint

Audrey Saint-Gil, Conductor


Il barbiere di Siviglia | Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

  • Aria: Largo al factotum della città
  • Recitativo: Ah ah! che bella vita!
  • Duetto: All’idea di quel metallo
  • Aria: La calunnia è un venticello

Richard A. Raub, Conductor


Madama Butterfly | Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

  • Act 2: Vespa! Rospo maledetto!

David Anthony Lofton, Conductor




Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow)  | Franz Lehár (1870-1948)

  • Duett: Lippen Schweigen

Christofer Macatsoris, Conductor


Mignon | Ambroise Thomas (1811-1896)

  • Acte 3 Trio: Cette cassette est là…O Vierge Marie!

Richard A. Raub, Conductor


Rigoletto | Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

  • Atto Terzo

Christofer Macatsoris, Conductor


La bohème | Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

  • Atto Secondo

Robert Kahn, Conductor





A Celebration of Opera! is graciously sponsored by Victoria Eckert Zoellner