Music

Alia is a local out singer and songwriter who began singing at 6 years old. She went on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and now tours regularly, with many shows in the tristate area. PGN had the opportunity to speak with Alia over the phone about what she enjoys most about playing music, her growth as an artist before and during her time at Berklee and the role she thinks music can play in the lives of young LGBT women.

This week’s Opera Philadelphia world premiere of “Breaking the Waves” may be a homecoming for its score’s composer, ruminative avant-garde musician and Lansdale native Missy Mazzoli. But her new opera — a Bartok-to-Bjork-inspired adaptation of Lars von Trier’s dark 1996 film “Breaking the Waves” — and its bleak, thematic libretto comes from an outsider to the area (but certainly not to the operatic form), Royce Vavrek.

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