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AVA ANNOUNCES NEW RESIDENT ARTISTS

The Academy of Vocal Arts welcomes eight new Resident Artists for the 2020-2021 season

New residents hail from across the United States, as well as from Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Sweden

(Philadelphia, PA), June 17, 2020 – AVA is pleased to welcome eight new Resident Artists to the opera academy. The incoming class of Resident Artists includes (in voice order): Loella Grahn (soprano), Joanna Latini (soprano), Ethel Trujillo (soprano), Monique Galvão (mezzo soprano), Shawn Roth (tenor), Benjamin Dickerson (baritone), Kevin Godinez (baritone), and Peter Barber (bass). These singers come from across the United States, as well as from Costa Rica, Mexico and Sweden. Join us in welcoming our new Resident Artists!

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THE ACADEMY OF VOCAL ARTS
Celebrating its 81st season, the Academy of Vocal Arts is regarded by many as the premier opera training school in the world. AVA provides four years of tuition-free training. It is dedicated exclusively to the study of voice. The student body is intentionally small and admission highly competitive. More than 200 singers from across the globe audition each year for the fewer than 8 spots available in each class. The program is limited to fewer than 30 total Resident Artists, who are immersed in a uniquely intensive and highly personalized program where they learn from world-renowned faculty. They receive training in voice, vocal repertoire, acting, stage combat, opera history, several languages, and each year are presented in three to four fully-staged opera productions accompanied by the professional AVA Opera Orchestra. They are cast in leading roles that they will in all likelihood continue to perform for the rest of their careers.

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