AVA Presents Dvořák’s Rusalka this January and February


First time ever at AVA – not to be missed! Four performances only.
Generously sponsored by Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs.


PHILADELPHIA, PA (JANUARY 3, 2019) – The Academy of Vocal Arts begins 2019 with a production of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka for the first time ever in the academy’s 84-year history. The opera tells the tale of the water-nymph Rusalka, who will do whatever it takes to be with the human she has fallen in love with. Rusalka features one of the most popular arias in all of opera, the beloved “Song to the Moon”. The cast may be viewed here.

AVA’s production is fully staged with piano accompaniment, and is sung in Czech with English super titles. AVA Master Vocal Coach Luke Housner is the music director and pianist, and Kevin McDowell directs. Of the opera, Luke Housner says, “Dvorak’s Rusalka offers the Resident Artists of the Academy of Vocal Arts the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the Czech language, culture and folklore. The opera’s timeless themes, which grapple with the struggle and complex relationship between man and nature, resonant strongly in today’s environment.”

Rusalka Free Opera Preview – Please join AVA on Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30 PM for our first Free Opera Preview of the season! The evening will feature musical selections performed by the cast of Resident Artists and a discussion about the opera. To reserve your space, please sign up via the link here or call AVA at 215-735-1685. There are no physical tickets for the preview; your name will be on a list at the door.

Young Professionals Rusalka Preview Reception – Following the January 16 Rusalka Free Opera Preview, young professionals (ages 21-45) are invited to attend a reception with drinks, light bites and mingling with AVA’s Resident Artists. Whether you’re an opera fan or are interested in learning more about opera, this is the perfect event to attend to kick of the new year! After registering, please email Camille Mola at cmola@avaopera.org to confirm your spot.

Rusalka Performance Dates – January 26, 29, 31 and February 2, 2019. All performances are at the Academy of Vocal Arts at 7:30 PM
General Admission and balcony tickets are $68, and Premium Seating tickets are $103 (plus a small processing fee). Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the AVA Box Office at 215-735-1685

For press inquiries, please contact Camille Mola at cmola@avaopera.org