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The Academy of Vocal Arts Kicks off Their 85th Opera Season

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Academy of Vocal Arts 85th Anniversary Season flyer

Source: The Academy of Vocal Arts

The Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Pa celebrates their 85th season of opera this fall with an exciting lineup of performances.

A Bit of Context…

“AVA is dedicated to giving voice to opera’s future. Regarded by many as the premier post-graduate opera training school in the world, AVA provides four years of tuition-free training. It is dedicated exclusively to the study of voice.”

The Academy of Vocal Arts – 85th Season Press Release

The AVA was founded by Helen Corning Warden, a member of the Philadelphia Society, in 1934 as she saw a need for vocalists to have a school dedicated towards mastering the arts, according to their website.

85 years later, the AVA upholds Warden’s mission statement. For decades, they have provided tuition-free guidance for talented vocalists who come far and wide to enroll in the academy.

“The student body is intentionally small and admission is highly competitive.”

The Academy of Vocal Arts – 85th Season Press Release

“More than 200 singers from across the globe audition each year for the fewer than eight spots available in each class,” the AVA says in the press release for their 85th opera season. “The program is limited to fewer than 30 total Resident Artists, who are immersed in a uniquely intensive and highly personalized program where they learn from world-renowned faculty.”

Throughout the four year program, Resident Artists gain experience as vocalists and actors while learning a multitude of languages, the history of opera, how to engage in stage combat, and a various other tools to succeed in the realm of opera. Each year, Resident Artists are featured in fully-staged opera products through the academy, as well.

The Academy of Vocal Arts 85th Season

This season, the AVA invites Philadelphia’s Young Professionals (ages 40 and under) to attend their exclusive, one-night performances at special prices in celebration of the 85th season.

“The evenings include premium seating in AVA’s historic Helen Corning Warden Theater, an intermission reception with wine and light bites and an exclusive post-performance Champagne toast with the AVA Artists,” the AVA says.

Philadelphia Young Professionals Performance Dates

More performances and scheduling information is available on the AVA’s online calendar.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets or donating to the academy, head on over to their website or call: (215)-735-1685.

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