Press release: The world’s most beloved opera returns to Philadelphia this spring

April 7, 2022


La bohème, the world’s most beloved opera, returns to Philadelphia this spring

Performances to be held in Center City, the Main Line and Bucks County April 28-May 14, 2022

Photo from AVA’s 2015 production

Philadelphia, PA, April 7, 2022La bohème returns to the AVA stage, April 28-May 14, 2022, 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 and transport them to the streets of Paris. 

Throughout AVA’s 87-year history, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece has been presented ten times, and alumni have gone to perform in La bohème around the world, from The Metropolitan Opera to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

While La bohème has moved opera lovers, it also has been a source of creativity for others – it is the opera that inspired Jonathan Larson’s hit musical Rent.

In addition to our regularly scheduled performances, we are thrilled to announce the addition of a Young Professionals “Night at the Opera” performance on Thursday, April 28, 2022. We invite Philadelphia’s young professionals (ages 45-and-under) to an exclusive, one-night only performance of La bohème before it opens to the public. Young Professionals are invited to attend at a very special price – tickets to this performance are just $25.

Tickets to all performances are on sale now


Maestro Christofer Macatsoris leads the AVA Opera Orchestra

Jeffrey Buchman directs

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

La bohème Cast* (in order of appearance)

*Cast subject to change, date of each cast to be announced at a later time

Performance Dates:


This production is generously sponsored by Judith Broudy The Young Professionals performance is generously sponsored by Charlotte Watts

 About Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA)    
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.

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