Thanks to rigorous instruction and coaching for young opera artists, and presentations of resident artists from around the world in concerts, oratorios, public programs and fully staged professional opera productions, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is distinguished by its reputation for high-quality, critically acclaimed performances. Each year AVA resident artists are presented in fully staged opera productions accompanied by orchestra. With Center support, AVA produced Jules Massenet's Don Quichotte in spring 2012. The opera is one of Massenet's great overlooked works and had not been performed on the East Coast since 1926.
The Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) produced the Philadelphia premiere of Ottorino Respighi's rarely performed 1934 opera La Fiamma (The Flame). Two performances with a full orchestra conducted by Maestro Christofer Macatsoris were presented at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, featuring AVA resident artists, including soprano Angela Meade, baritone Christopher Bolduc, tenors Taylor Stayton and Bryan Hymel, and bass Ben Wager.