2014 "Standard Repertoire Project"

applicatIONs ARE NOW CLOSED - Auditions are in progress:
Please visit our Audition Information Page for important information.
You must complete an Application Form in order to be offered an audition appointment.

See last year's Kickstarter video on on Youtube!

- 2014 SRP FINAL Application deadline: Applications are now CLOSED;  if you have submitted your electronic application, the remainder of the application POSTMARKED by midnight January 16, 2014.  Audition appointments will not be made until the application fee has been received.
- Prizes determined from the audition, but awarded only after successful completion of the program
- Audition assigned only when complete application (online, plus resume, headshot and fee) received
- We will make an effort to hear ALL first-time applicants in the first round of auditions
- Singers are highly encouraged to use provided pianist (Eric Malson).  Singers may bring their own
  [at their own cost] but are encouraged to use the provided pianist.

- We reserve the right not to hear previous applicants (application fee will be returned via US Mail)
- No application fee refunds in any other case

- Warm up rooms are not provided.  Please contact Studio 353 if you wish to book one for yourself.
   (Jean Blevins, Mgr.; Olga Blevins 212 757 2539; Studios353@aol.com)

Through the STANDARD REPERTOIRE PROJECT (SRP), dell’Arte provides opportunities for emerging opera artists to thoroughly prepare complete roles and present a public performance with a full cast in downtown Manhattan.  The program focuses on the process that prepares the artist, providing tools that will help with role preparation throughout an entire career.

Participation in all elements of the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Standard Repertoire Project
is free of charge to singers.

Participants receive free coachings with dell’Arte Artistic Director Christopher Fecteau
and/or other qualified staff coaches, followed by small ensemble and recitative rehearsals
with supportive, talented and motivated cast members.

Full cast work including musical and staging rehearsals, orchestra Sitzprobe and dress rehearsal precede the final staged presentation with chamber orchestra.

All Participants in the SRP will be invited (subject to space availability) to attend
dell’Arte’s series of Master Classes over the course of the season. This year's classes will feature
Chuck Hudson, Lucy Yates and experts in other appropriate areas.

Performances are attended by family and friends and enthusiastic audiences who provide a supportive environment for the singers’ first chance at an important role in their repertoire.  


Individual coachings and master classes take place in New York City according to participant availability between April and June of 2013.  dell'Arte does not provide transportation or housing to out-of-town artists.  Small group sessions will be scheduled around the availability of participating singers beginning in June.  Finally, full-cast music rehearsals and staging rehearsals begin around July 1st and continue until performances continuing through the end of August.  Formal musical and staging rehearsals will be concentrated in evening and weekend times to accomodate those singers with other daytime commitments.  Repertoire and casting will be based on the January/February auditions, casting should be complete by mid-March, and the final schedule will be released by April 15.  On the audition form, there is a space to note any scheduling issues which would affect casting. While we try to accommodate the schedules of individual singers as much possible in the early elements of the program, participants should generally be available evenings and weekends throughout July and August.

We hope that interested singers will apply and audition for us, even if their summer plans are still uncertain.  If nothing works out this particular summer season, we will at least have heard the singer, and have their information and our impressions on file in consideration for future projects.

Singers in the project range from those just out of conservatory or graduate school (in ensemble, comprimario and supporting roles) to career artists preparing for upcoming professional engagements.  ALL assignments will be a role debuts for the singer.  In the case of leading roles, you may have performed portions of the role before, or in translation, or in concert, but the full role must be a staged debut in the original language.

Generally, singers must expect to be within reliable commuting distance of NYC at least from after the July 4th holiday through the end of performances.  Transportation, housing and meals are not included.

There is no age limit on the program.  With few exceptions, applicants have completed an undergraduate degree (though not necessarily in music).  While there is no upper age limit, Participants tend to be 21-40 and are poised to launch, or have already begun, operatic careers.

Please carefully read and take into account our expectations of the experience necessary to be considered for each level of role.   

At minimum, some professional credits (not necessarily in leading roles) and some leading role credits at least in educational institutions or no-pay-no-fee situations.  Emergining professionals who wish to add important core roles to their repertoire are especially encouraged to apply.

At minimum, some educational role credits. Pay-to-sing assignments (scene workshops, summer programs) will be considered for this level as well. If a singer is particularly qualified, they may be assigned multiple supporting roles across the repertoire for the summer season.

Smaller roles will be assigned to singers also willing to participate in the ensemble (chorus) for one or more productions. If qualified, they may also be assigned role covers in other operas in the summer season.  
Singers should expect to participate in one or more operas, and may be invited to participate in the entire summer season. Comprimario roles and small role covers will be assigned almost exclusively from the membership of the ensemble.

Covers must be as prepared as the primary singer assigned to the role. dell’Arte generally does not provide free coaching to covers unless the cover is called upon to move into the primary (performance) position.  Singers who have already performed a specific role and wish to be considered for cover opportunities will also be considered.

Singers participating at the Comprimario/Ensemble and Cover levels may also have opportunities during the following season to participate in community outreach programs (scene and aria concerts) both with excerpts from their studied role and in other repertoire.


The 2014 SRP repertoire is inspired by the plays of Shakespeare.  Possibilities include Purcell's Fairy Queen, Salieri's Falstaff, Verdi's Macbeth (likely in the original 1847 version), and many others. Please bring the debut role you want to learn and perform, and we'll automatically consider it for inclusion in our season.  Past seasons have included Carmen, Dialogues des Carmélites, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Trittico, Le nozze di Figaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Don Giovanni, Little Women, Rigoletto, Roméo et Juliet, Cosí fan tutte and Manon, La clemenza di Tito and L'incoronazione di Poppea.

APplication and Audition

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) apologies as repertoire is outdated....see above.


Louis Otey, Gwendolyn Alu and Cherry Duke
perform scenes from "Falstaff" at Merkin Hall
photo by Carl Jenks

Frequently Asked Questions
New York Times Review  of L'incoronazione di Poppea 2013
Read what Melissa Ramb of Classical Singer magazine had to say about dell’Arte's 2008 SRP.
Courtesy Classical Singer magazine, January 2009, used by permission.   Special thanks to Aubrey Werner at CS.


Cast of Luisa Miller at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 2013 (Photo by Karen Rich)

Cast of "Carmen"
at the East 13th Street Theatre" in August, 2012
Photo by Schuyler Burks


Victor Khodadad and Abla Hamza in Manon at the East 13th Street Theatre, 2010

Jill Dewsnup, Cherry Duke and Matthew Anchel
in Anna Bolena at Theatre St. Mark's, 2010
Photos by Lorcan Otway


Katherine Weissinger in Koenigskinder
at the Gerald Lynch Theatre, 2010


Erika Rauer in La clemenza di Tito, 2009
Photo: Michael Chadwick

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