event · February 15-22

La favorite · Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

This exquisite bel canto masterwork brings to life a high-stakes love triangle between a monk, a king, and an alluring lover. The monk, Fernando, wishes to leave the monastery because he has fallen hopelessly in love with Leonora, the woman who also happens to be the king’s “favorite.” Amidst the Moorish invasions of Spain, the gripping drama unfolds as Donizetti’s sublime vocal writing tells the story of the lovers’ despair.

Generously sponsored by The Gray Charitable Trust

Sung in French with English supertitles

Conductor - Richard A. Raub

February 15, 18, 20 and 22, 2020

All performances at the Helen Corning Warden Theater at the Academy of Vocal Arts at 7:30 PM


  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 7:30 pm


Academy of Vocal Arts
1920 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US