Welcome once again to our latest AVAround the World blog post in which we chronicle the upcoming monthly engagements of AVAlumni spanning across the globe. From role debuts, concerts and festivals, April will surely be a busy month for our talented AVAlumni. Check out our updates below!
Baritone Michael Adams ('15) will perform with Deutsche Oper Berlin on April 2, 6, 17 & 19 as Cappadocian in their production of Salome. The performance is a "music drama" in one act by Richard Strauss (1864-1949) and was originally based on the Oscar Wilde play of the same name. This production, says director Claus Guth, will focus on the interior motivations of the characters and will explore the power dynamic of Herod and Salome.
Tenor Michele Angelini ('06) is set to sing the role of Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Pittsburgh Opera on April 2, 5, 8 & 10, 2016. This performance marks the company debut for Michele. Click here for a performance of Pittsburgh Opera on Pittsburgh Today Live.
Bass Burak Bilgili ('04) will perform on April 16, 20, 23 & 24m with Michigan Opera Theatre as Banquo in their production of Macbeth. Verdi takes Shakespeare's classic morality tale about using murder to take the crown of Scotland in this bloody retelling.
Tenor Stephen Costello ('07) has two different engagements this month. First, Stephen will sing as a soloist for Fort Worth Opera's Gala on April 7, 2016, "Caruso in Cowtown," a special benefit that recreates the historic concert given in 1920 by legendary tenor Enrico Caruso. To learn more about the performance, check out Stephen's website here.
On April 24, Stephen will perform as the tenor soloist for Verdi's Requiem with Boston Philharmonic while fellow AVAlumna, Angela Meade performs the soprano solo. Click here for more information. Angela will also be performing Verdi's Requiem with Bilbaina de Amigos de la Opera in Spain on April 16.
AVAlumna mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato ('95) has several engagements throughout the month of April. On April 9, Joyce performs the role of Charlotte in Werther (in concert) with Orchestre National de France. From April 18 - May 3, Joyce is scheduled to perform a solo concert in various countries in Latin America. Joyce will be traveling to Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City to name a few locations. Check Joyce's website here for the full calendar.
Tenor Michael Fabiano ('09) will perform this month on April 9 - May 5 in Opéra National de Paris as Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto. Check out this fascinating podcast of 7 minutes at the Paris Opera here.
Chloé Moore ('14) will join the New Jersey Master Chorale on April 10 as the soprano soloist in Haydn's The Creation.Wes Mason ('13), baritone, is set to perform with Gulfshore Opera opening on April 15 - 21 in their production of The Elixir of Love as Belcore. The production will also feature fellow AVAlum Musa Ngqungwana('14) in the role of Dulcamara.
Soprano Latonia Moore ('04) performs the title role in Madama Butterfly with San Diego Opera on April 16 - 24. The San Diego Union-Tribune writes a dazzling article about Latonia's beginnings as a vocalist. Read it here.
Baritone Zachary Nelson ('13) is scheduled to perform the role of Escamillo in Carmen with Canadian Opera Company on April 12 - May 15, 2016. Bizet's score includes some of the most popular music in opera.
Tenor Taylor Stayton ('11) will sing Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House, London. The production will premier on April 7 - 25, 2016. Check out this chilling trailer of Donizetti's tragic opera here.
Recent AVA grad, Diego Silva ('15) will be performing this month in Edmonton Opera's performance of Maria Stuarda as Leicester on April 16 - 21, 2016. The performance depicts Mary Stuart's attempts to cajole her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I into reconciliation.
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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