Hello again and welcome 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, June will be a busy month for our talented AVAlumni. Check out our updates below!
Tenor Stephen Costello ('07) has two engagements planned this month. On June 1, Stephen performed with Hvorostovsky and Friends for Children Benefit Concert in Moscow. On June 10 & 13, Stephen will perform as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore at Wiener Staatsopre.
Colleen Daly ('09) will be soloing with Canada's Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra on June 10 & 11 in Symphony of A Thousand: Mahler's Eight. Following this performance, Colleen will perform as the soloist in Opera Delaware & Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra's Starry Night Opera on June 17.
Beginning on June 7, 8, 10 & 11, William Davenport ('14) and Wes Mason ('13) will both be performing together in Southern Illinois Festival's Guillaume Tell. William and Wes will perform the roles of Arnold and Guillaume respectively.
Also opening on June 1, Joyce DiDonato ('95) is scheduled to perform Romeo in I Capuletti e I Montecchi at Gran Teatre del Liceau in Barcelona. Joyce will be performing at Royal Opera House as Charlotte in Werther on June 19, 24 & 27 through July 3, 6 & 13. On June 21, Joyce plans to meet at the Royal Opera House in London for a Conversation w/ Janet Baker.
Soprano Sydney Mancasola ('14) is scheduled to perform the title role in Des Moines Metro Opera's production of Manon on June 24 - July 17. Sydney also sang the title role in AVA's production of Manon during our 2014 season.
Bass Nicholas Masters ('12) will be performing three roles with Garsington Opera in Buckinghamshire this month. On June 3 & 4, Nicholas will cover the roles Gremin and Mustafa in Eugene Onegin and L'italiana in Algeri respectively. Nicholas will also sing the role of Neptune in Idomeneo on June 19 - July 11.
Zachary Nelson ('13) continues his performance as Escamillo in Carmen with San Francisco Opera. The production opened on May 27 and will continue until July 3.
Tenor Taylor Stayton ('11) continues his performance as Almaviva in Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Il barbiere di Siviglia. The performance opened on May 22 and will continue until July 17.
John Viscardi ('13) is scheduled to sing as the baritone soloist in Carmina Burana on Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Day at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on June 11.
Soprano Melinda Whittington ('15) begins her run with Ash Lawn Opera on June 30 as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, which will last until July 15. During Melinda's first year, she played the role of Fiordiligi in AVA's 2013-14 production of Cosi fan tutte.
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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.