Your Monthly Dose of Resident Artist Updates
Autumn has officially settled in Philadelphia and after the excitement of #PopeinPhilly, our Resident Artists are now able to launch into their many outside engagements, recitals and concerts. Find out below how our talented Resident Artists are filling their days outside of AVA.
Get ready for a fun-filled weekend! Second-year soprano Alexandra Nowakowski and first-year tenor Matthew White will be performing as soloists this October 4 at the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Italian Festival in South Philly. Pianist Luke Housner will accompany Alexandra and Matt. The annual festival, presented since 1987, celebrates the South Philadelphia community and features a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, rides and games and a religious procession. Come down for a wonderful time!
First-year baritone Anthony Whitson-Martini is already preparing for the summer with an audition at Wolf Trap Opera on October 23. Anthony also has begun a position singing as a soloist for St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Wayne, PA.
First-year baritone Anthony Whitson-Martini
Second-year soprano Alexandra Nowakowski, third-year bass-baritone André Courville and AVAlumni soprano Melinda Whittington and tenor William Davenport will perform at the Tomasello Winery's 'Opera Gala' accompanied by AVA pianist Michele Scanlon. The performance will be on October 11.
On October 13, first-year soprano Meryl Dominguez will audition for the 2015 Opera Index Competition. Previous years' winners and participants include Resident Artists Marina Costa-Jackson, Daniel Noyola and André Courville pictured below.
Fourth-year tenor Dominick Chenes has a busy month planned. Dominick will travel to Geneva, Switzerland to perform as Iopas in Opera de Genevre's production of Les Troyens. The production will run from October 9 - 23.
Third-year bass-baritone Daniel Noyola is set to perform a concert with AVAlum Jeffery Halili at Neumann University on October 16. AVA Vocal Coach David Lofton will accompany. The concert 'Story Behind the Opera' will feature various operatic classics.
Fourth-year soprano Marina Costa-Jackson is scheduled to perform with Michigan Opera Theatre as Musetta in their production of La boheme. The performance will open at the Detroit Opera House on October 17.
Fourth-year soprano Marina Costa-Jackson
Second-year mezzo-soprano Hannah Ludwig and first-year tenor Matthew White will perform on October 17 & 18 with Concert Operetta Theater's 'Broadway Does Operetta!' performance. Daniel Pantano, AVA staff member is the Executive and Artistic Director.
On October 18, third-years bass-baritone André Courville and tenor Alasdair Kent will perform at the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation's 41st Annual Gala Concert and Dinner. AVAlumni Steven LaBrie will perform along with Stephen Costello during the Gala.
If you'd like the opportunity to see the Resident Artists perform sooner, make sure to purchase tickets to AVA's annual performance, the Giargiari Bel Canto Competition on October 7, 2015 at 7:30pm at the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Please call the Kimmel Center Box Office at 215-893-199 or go to www.avaopera.org for more information.
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.