February is finally here! The month of Valentine's Day, possibly some more snow and AVA's new upcoming performance, Werther. Before we delve into the excitement of the upcoming month, let's first explore the outside engagements our talented Resident Artists are up to.
Third-year Resident Artist soprano Karen Barraza will perform as the title role Juliette, in Romeo et Juliette in her hometown of Sinaloa, Mexico. The performance is set to take place in mid-February.
Fourth-year Resident Artist tenor Dominick Chenes has three upcoming performances this month. Dominick will sing the tenor solo in Beethoven's Mass in C on February 5 at Carnegie Hall with New York Choral Society.
Following this performance, Dominick will be performing in an opera showcase with Vero Beach Opera on February 6. The performance, Seduction and Betrayal will feature fourth-year Resident Artist Marina Costa-Jackson, as the soprano soloist, first-year Resident Artist JoAna Rusche as the mezzo-soprano soloist and third-year Resident Artist André Courville as the baritone soloist. A copy of the program may be found here.
Dominick's performance schedule continues with a performance in Allentown with the Allentown Symphony on February 13 & 14, 2016. The Puccini's Greatest Hits concert will feature classics including "Nessun dorma." Marina, third-year Resident Artist tenor Galeano Salas, and second-year Resident Artist Vanessa Vasquez will be performing in the concert along with Dominick.
First-year mezzo-soprano Allegra De Vita will be performing two concerts this month as well. On February 13, Allegra will perform solos in Chestnut Hill's Woodmere Museum during their concert From Opera with Love. Joining Allegra will be second-year soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and first-year tenor Matthew White.
Allegra will also be performing on February 15, 2016 with Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York City as the soloist in their performance of Brahms' Zwei Gesänge.
First-year Resident Artist soprano Meryl Dominguez will perform at the Tomasello Winery for their Winter Opera Gala. The performance includes a matinee performance paired with a four-course gourmet dinner and award-winning wines.
On February 14, Resident Artist Hannah Ludwig, second-year mezzo-soprano will compete in the Gulf Coast Regionals for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. We wish her the best of luck!
Samantha van Adelsberg is a Los Angeles native working in AVA's marketing department and managing the AVA Young Professionals group. Samantha holds two degrees from Binghamton University in English and Vocal Performance and is an active rock vocalist in the Philadelphia music scene.