Press release: AVA steps into spring with THREE thrilling performances

March 1, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AVA steps into spring with three thrilling performances

Catch AVA performances throughout the Philadelphia region this spring

PHILADELPHIA, PA, February 2022 – The flowers will be in bloom as the sound of opera echoes throughout Philadelphia. This spring, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) will present two concerts, as well as the world’s most beloved opera. Don’t miss your chance to see tomorrow’s opera stars today!


Descriptions and more information for each performance are below.

Audrey Saint-Gil and Timothy Renner (AVA ’20)

Spring Recital – Entre l’amour et la mort (Between love and death)

Enter the world of Hector Berlioz, the 19th century French Romantic composer and conductor. Enjoy selected excerpts from Benvenuto CelliniLelioBéatrice et BénédictL’enfance du Christ, and Les Troyens 


Ticket prices: $10-$25


David Antony Lofton conducting the AVA Opera Orchestra

Jubilate! A Concert of Sacred Music


Ticket prices: $10-$45

The annual concert of sacred vocal music features time honored favorites from different cultures, faiths and periods. Music by Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Puccini and more will be featured at this year’s concert. Master Vocal Coach David Antony Lofton will once again lead the AVA Opera Orchestra.The AVA Orchestra is generously sponsored by the David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust

AVA’s 2015 production of La bohème

Puccini’s La bohème

Throughout AVA’s 87 year history, Puccini’s masterpiece has been presented ten times, and alumni have gone to perform in La bohème around the world. The world’s most beloved opera returns to the AVA stage this season, performed by our award-winning Resident Artists. The story of love and loss against the backdrop of some of the most familiar and lush melodies in opera is sure to delight audiences. Maestro Christofer Macatsoris leads the AVA Opera Orchestra. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


Ticket prices: $25-$103

This performance is generously sponsored by Judith Broudy

AVA’s VACCINATION POLICY: AVA is joining performing arts organizations across the nation in requiring that our visitors and audience members provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to attend all indoor public performances and events at AVA. Proof of negative COVID-19 tests will not be accepted. Further, AVA will adhere to the guidelines regarding proof of vaccination set forth by all venues that host AVA performances. This policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the CDC and local health authorities.


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. Gifted singers come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that AVA offers. Admission is determined by competitive annual auditions.

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.

Camille Mola
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
AVA #: 215-735-1685