SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT: Academy of Vocal Arts reveals 2022/23 opera season

June 16, 2022

After our first, full, in-person season in over a year, we are thrilled to announce our 2022/23 opera season! With last season’s productions being called a “complete triumph from its start to its finish” (Chestnut Hill Local), AVA’s 88th season is sure to delight opera audiences. 

The season opens with Verdi’s La traviata, followed by Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Annual favorites such as the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition (music director and pianist: Danielle Orlando) and Jubilate! A concert of sacred music (David Antony Lofton conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra), will also take place this season. 

AVA will once again present the popular Young Professionals performances, for La traviata and Don Giovanni. Details for those performances to be announced at a later time.

Twenty-five Resident Artists will be attending the academy this season, and hail from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, and across the United States. 

Subscriptions for the 2022/23 opera season will go on sale to the public on June 27, 2022, and single tickets will go on sale to the public on September 6, 2022. 

AVA will also be participating in Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O22, and will present Afternoons at AVA. Afternoons at AVA will take place on Saturday, September 24 and Saturday, October 1, and will be held at AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater. The recital series will feature AVA alumna Latonia Moore (’04), and another alumni who will be announced at a later date. 



Meryl Dominguez in AVA’s 2018 production of La traviata

La traviata

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

AVA opens its 88th opera season with Verdi’s La traviata. Plagued by sickness, Violetta finds love in Alfredo, but before long they are torn apart by betrayal. A “fallen woman”, she is forced to abandon her lover, until the truth comes out and they are reunited, if only for a moment. One of opera’s enduringly popular classics, Verdi’s La traviata has thrilled Philadelphia audiences with the tragic love story of Alfredo and Violetta for over 160 years. Maestro Christofer Macatsoris conducts the AVA Opera Orchestra.

November 11, 2022- Season Opening Celebration!

AVA will once again host an evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a formal dinner, and a Champagne and dessert reception with the Resident Artists following the performance of La traviata!

November 13, 2022 – Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center This performance is underwritten by a generous contribution from Victoria Eckert Zoellner

November 15, 17, & 19, 2022 – AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater

November 29, 2022– The Haverford School’s Centennial Hall

Ryan Kuster (AVA ’11) and Corinne Winters (AVA ’11) in AVA’s 2009 production of Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale

Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

The venerable Don Pasquale has chosen a wealthy wife for his nephew Ernesto, who wants to marry Norina. The elderly Don disapproves, and decides to find a wealthy bride of his own. With Norina in disguise and a fake wedding, the couple and their friend Dr. Malatesta make Don Pasquale rue the day he ever considered marriage! This production is generously sponsored by The Gray Charitable Trust

February 16, 18, 21, and 23 2023 – All performances at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at AVA at 7:30 PM

Jonas Hacker (AVA ’17) and Vanessa Vasquez (AVA ’18) in AVA’s 2015 production of Don Giovanni. Photo credit Paul Sirochman

Don Giovanni

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Mozart’s sublime tragic comedy Don Giovanni is widely regarded as the first Grand Opera ever performed in Philadelphia, debuting at The Chestnut Street Theater in 1818. The devilish Don pursues women all over Europe, leaving a trail of broken hearts and shattered lives. A ghostly encounter ensures that this devil gets his due! AVA first presented Don Giovanni in 1986-87 and continued with performances in 2000, 2005, 2011 and 2015 which featured many alumni who have gone on to significant professional careers.

April 27, 29, May 2, 2023 – AVA’s Helen Corning Warden Theater

May 9, 2023 – The Haverford School’s Centennial Hall

COVID-19 Update: We are committed to providing a safe environment at our performances, following all local, state, and national guidelines. We will announce further safety protocols on a show-by-show basis.