The youngest in a very musical family, Ava early on received her theater training and experience performing musical theater during her high school and junior college years before daring to make the leap to performing what she loved…opera. She has performed leading roles with several of California’s regional opera companies, including Townsend Opera Players, North Bay Opera and the San Francisco Children’s Opera. In 2015, she performed the lead role of Sylvia in Mascagni’s Zanetto, for the opening of Capitol Opera, Sacramento. Other leading roles she has performed include Violetta (La Traviata, Verdi), Cio-cio-san (Madama Butterfly, Puccini), Aida (Aida, Verdi), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos, Strauss), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte, Mozart), Georgetta (Il Tabarro, Puccini), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride, Smetana), Cinderella (Cinderella, Gingold), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert and Sullivan), Phillia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sondheim) and Polly Peachum (The Beggar’s Opera, both J. Gay and Britten versions) which garnered her a nomination for a Sacramento regional theater Elly Award.
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