This exclusive, 75-plus-year-old opera school housed in a beautiful town house presents small but expertly produced full operas starring the AVA's 28 students, many of whom go on to join the Met and other renowned companies after graduation. The AVA performs throughout the city, including the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. But if possible, catch a performance or recital at the town house's theater, an intimate and ornate setting (Oct-May).