2016 Summer Repertoire Project

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Please read carefully about our program before completing your application.


dell’Arte Opera Ensemble provides opportunities for emerging opera artists to thoroughly prepare complete roles and present public performances with chamber orchestra in New York City. 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 Summer Repertoire Project
is free of charge to singers.  Masterclass instructors include
Chuck Hudson and Lucy Yates.

Participants receive free coachings with dell’Arte Artistic Director Christopher Fecteau
and 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 are to highly encouraged 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.

Modest stipends/honoraria of $250 - $1000 are awarded to participants.  


The program takes place over an extended period of time, encouraging thoughtful and careful preparation of the assigned roles, but does not preclude artists taking assignments with other companies during the spring. Individual coachings take place according to participant availability between April and June. French "boot-camp" with Audrey Saint-Gil will take place March 19 (11 - 1:30 and March 20 (2 - 4:30); Italian classes with Lucy Yates are TBA in April; Master classes with Chuck Hudson are scheduled for May 21 (2 - 5) and May 22 - 25 (6:30 - 9:30); all classes are an integral part of the program, and singers are highly encouraged to attend. Small group music rehearsals will be scheduled around the availability of participating singers beginning in JuneFull-cast music rehearsals and staging rehearsals begin by July 1st and continue until performances commence in August. Productions run in repertoire through August 28. July rehearsals are almost exclusively on weekday evenings and weekends, with the exception of one daytime technical rehearsal per opera.

Casting will be complete by mid-March, and the basic production schedule will be released by April 15.


Singers in the project range from those just out of conservatory or graduate school to career artists preparing for upcoming professional engagements. We only cast singers in role debut assignments, but i.  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.

Singers must be within reliable commuting distance of NYC in July and August, 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).  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 CASTING GUIDELINES of the experience necessary to be considered for casting.  These are guidelines, and not absolute requirements.


The theme of the 2016 repertoire is "Violetta and her Sisters." Two mainstage operas, Massenet's Manon and Verdi's La traviata. In addition, a third program of complete acts (or extended excerpts) from other operas (chosen from the "Manon" settings of Halevy, Auber, and Puccini, La boheme by Leoncavallo, and Madama Butterfly and La Rondine by Puccini) will be played in repertoire with the two 'mainstage' operas. Please review the CASTING BREAKDOWN for the two mainstage operas. 

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

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