Welcome to another AVAround the World blog post – September Edition!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes aren’t the only new and exciting additions to this fall season; AVA’s hardworking alumni have been busy with various thrilling new engagements. From solo recitals and concerts to festivals and international debuts, AVA’s alumni have launched right into the new season with style and grace.
In this post, we will be reviewing the many accomplishments our AVA alumni are achieving around the world. Check out our update below of what successes our alumni have achieved this month.
Michele Angelini (’06) begins the season with The Royal Opera House in the title role in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice beginning on September 28. Michele debuted with The Royal Opera House in 2014 as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
Promotional Poster for Orphée et Eurydice
Burak Bilgili (’04) performs the title role, Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro in Montevideo’s Teatro Solís on September 18. Joining Burak is his wife, Eglise Gutiérrez ('04) performing alongside him as La Contessa.
Baritone Christian Bowers (’13) will perform with Washington National Opera in their production of Carmen beginning on September 19 – October 3. Christian will portray Dancairo in this sensual and dangerous production of Bizet’s most famous opera.
Carmen at Washington National Opera
Stephen Costello on the far right.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (’95) will be touring Tokyo and Nishinomiya Japan this month with The Royal Opera House on Tour performing the role of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni beginning September 13. Joyce will also be performing as a soloist in a concert dedicated to Mozart while touring Tokyo.
Michael Fabiano (’09) performs as Rodolfo in San Francisco Opera’s production of Luisa Miller on September 11 – 27. Click here to read an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle in which Michael discusses his work ethic and San Francisco Opera.
Bryan Hymel (’08) performs as a soloist at Teatro alla Scala on September 4 in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Bryan also joins fellow alum Christian Bowers in Washington National Opera’s production of Carmen to sing the role of Don José. This will be Bryan’s house debut.
Soprano Ailyn Pérez ('06) finishes out her run as Mimi in Teatro alla Scalla’s production of La bohème from August 26 – September 2. Following this performance, Ailyn performs in California’s New Century Chamber Orchestra’s concert Letters from Russia.
Taylor Stayton (’11) travels to Oslo, Norway to perform as Count Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.
John Viscardi (’13) performs on September 2 & 3 as Silvio in Venture Opera’s Il Pagliacci.
Bravi to all of our alumni for their outstanding performances this month. Be on the lookout for more alumni performances and news with our AVAround the World series! If you have any alumni news you’d like to share, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.