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Romance holiday

“Most definitely ready for prime time”: baritone Timothy Renner.

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts (universally known by locals as AVA) may not have the international name recognition of another local top-tier musical training program, the Curtis Institute—but it’s comparable in stature and accomplishment.  Read more »

Tales of the unexpected

In the Academy of Vocal Arts’s (AVA) clever pairing of two Puccini works, there was every reason to expect the fix was in.  Read more »

Bigger than usual

Mezzo Ludwig, offering “amplitude and musical class.”

Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, a top-tier advanced training program for singers launching professional careers, always sends off their artists in style. But this year’s farewell concert for departing fourth-year resident artists felt bigger than usual in every way—more celebratory, more sentimental, more produced.   Read more »