Ava: I have a goal to be a professional singer and bring the joy of music to people throughout the world and use my singing to help others. I love to inspire others and to give back to my community. It is awesome to perform live and see the smiles on people’s faces, especially those who are sick or suffering. I especially loved singing for the sick children at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh because I knew I was helping them to feel better. I also enjoy acting and have acted in commercials, short films, and theatre productions. I have fun with anything creative especially piano, dancing, cooking, crafts, sewing, and playing with my friends. I love my baby, Gigi. She is a white, fluffy, 4-yr-old Bichon with a black nose and pink tongue who is the cutest in the world! I have a 14-yr-old Brother, Mitchell who has been one of my biggest supporters.
Though still young, your voice sounds pretty well set in it's type, but what vocal type you consider yourself ?
Ava: I am a soprano with a 3 ½ octave range. I have a passion for singing opera, and I also love many other styles of music and have cross-trained and performed many different genres including opera, classical crossover, jazz, blues and pop.
How often does Ava practice/perform? Being a younger singer I know finding time can be challenging.
Mom: Ava practices multiple times per week and is constantly singing around the house. She increases her practice before a performance but we try to maintain time for her other activities - school, acting, and playing with her friends.
YouTube Channel: YouTube.com/AvaMaha
Mom: Ava loves volunteering to perform for Charitable Causes and Veterans events. She has performed at Pittsburgh’s Childrens Hospital and was very excited when the Veterans recognized her Memorial Day performance by making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on her behalf. Ava was featured as the Guest of Honor for the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Annual Gala and she was thrilled to open up for the Grammy-nominated, world-renowned violinist/former Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, Andres Cardenes and PSO Principal Harpist, Gretchen Van Hoesen. She also had a great time performing with rock legend, Donnie Iris at two of his concerts.
What is your favorite song selection and why? I know singers have a hard time answering this question !
Ava: I love singing challenging songs – one of my favorite songs is Mozart’s “Der Holle Rache kocht” (Queen of the Night), and it has been described as one of the most difficult soprano arias in the 400 year history of opera. I sang it at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh Annual Gala and got a standing ovation and a hug from Mildred Miller Posvar! I am also working on singing while playing the piano, and will soon be ready to perform Hallelujah and some great pop songs.
Do you have some fun facts about Ava?
Ava: I sang Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” in front of a large crowd on the Ponte Vecchio Bridge over the Arno River in Florence, Italy last summer. It was an amazing experience because I was standing on the very bridge mentioned in this famous aria- what an awesome feeling!
Ava: My favorite color is pink and all I want is to have a cute, pink micro-pig so Gigi can have an awesome friend!
Mom: Ava sings in four different languages and has performed in public singing Italian, German, French, and English.
Mom: Ava has 34,000 Twitter followers (Twitter.com/AvaMaha) and fans throughout the world!
Anastasia: It was my great pleasure to give our Classical Crossover Fans and members just a peak into what I assume will become a very well know young soprano artist ~ Ava Maha .. Thank you Ava & Mom for this opportunity !