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An Evening of Beautiful Singing and Vocal Fireworks Awaits at AVA's Giargiari Bel Canto Competition

Philadelphia, PA, September 11, 2019 --( The Academy of Vocal Arts’ annual favorite vocal competition returns to the Kimmel Center this fall. The Giargiari Bel Canto Competition will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts’ Perelman Theater. AVA's award-winning Resident Artists each sing an aria in competition for prizes, including one voted on by the audience. An evening of vocal fireworks, lavish gowns, and competition awaits.

Giargiari Bel Canto Competition has seen such international opera stars as Angela Meade, Stephen Costello, Michael Fabiano and Ailyn Pérez win prizes over its 40-year history.

The performers, as well as the repertoire and judges, will be announced as the competition draws closer, stay tuned. Music from last year’s competition included arias from Massenet’s Le Cid, Wagner’s Die Walküre, Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and much more.

AVA is also proud to be celebrating its 85th anniversary this season as the world’s only tuition-free institution in the world solely dedicated to the study of voice.

The evening’s music director and pianist is AVA Master Vocal Coach Danielle Orlando, who is also an accompanist to many international opera singers, as well as serving as a distinguished vocal coach and artistic consultant to several prestigious organizations throughout the musical world. Ms. Orlando has been seen on Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Live by Request on A&E and the Rosie O’Donnell Show accompanying celebrities Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and Michael Bolton. She also appears in the Metropolitan Opera documentary The Audition.

Ms. Orlando collaborated with Luciano Pavarotti as accompanist, judge and artistic coordinator for the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competitions and spent nine seasons in Spoleto, Italy working with Gian Carlo Menotti for the Festival Dei Due Mondi. She was Artistic Administrator and Head of Music Staff for Opera Company of Philadelphia for many years and has served on the music staffs of numerous opera companies, festivals, and young artist programs around the world including the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Dresden Semperoper and Savonlinna Opera Festival. She is a guest coach for WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Palm Beach Opera’s Young Artist Program and a guest judge for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and has had recent collaborations with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Recent residencies include Curtis Summerfest, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and University of Peking Academy of Opera in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

AVA expresses its gratitude to Walter and Alice Strine, Esqs for sponsoring this competition again.

Single tickets to Giargari may be purchased on the Kimmel Center's website or by calling their Box Office at 215-893-1999. Tickets and subscriptions for the entire AVA opera season are available now by calling 215-735-1685 or by visiting

About Academy of Vocal Arts
The mission of the Academy of Vocal Arts is to be the world’s premier institution for training young artists as international opera soloists. Through rigorous instruction and coaching, and by presentations of Resident Artists from around the world in concerts, oratorios, public programs and fully staged professional opera productions, AVA will train artists with the high potential for career success while enriching lives in Philadelphia and beyond. Gifted singers come from throughout the world to seek the exceptional guidance and training that AVA offers. Admission is determined by competitive annual auditions. AVA is distinguished by its reputation for high quality performances that are acclaimed by critics locally, nationally and internationally. Each year, AVA Resident Artists are presented in four or five fully-staged opera productions accompanied by orchestra. Resident Artists are cast in leading roles that they will in all likelihood continue to perform for the rest of their careers.

Camille Mola
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