2015 "Summer Repertoire Project"

applicatIONs ARE now Closed.
Please visit our Audition Information Page for important information.
Call-back invitations are pending in the next few days. The call-backs will be February 7th and 8th from 2 - 6 p.m. at 353 West 48th Street. TENORS ONLY who have not applied but who would like to present materials by February 1 may do so via email to email@dellarteopera.org.


dell’Arte Opera Ensemble provides opportunities for emerging opera artists to thoroughly prepare complete roles and present public performances with chamber orchestra 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 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/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.

Modest stipends/honoraria of $250 - $750 are awarded to select participants.  

Individual coachings and master classes take place in New York City according to participant availability between April and June of 2015.  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.  By the end of June, private coaching work should be completed. 

Full-cast music rehearsals and staging rehearsals begin by July 1st and continue until performances commence in August.  Productions run in repertoire through August 30th.  Formal musical and staging rehearsals will be concentrated in evening and weekend times to accomodate those singers with other daytime commitments.  Casting will be complete by mid-March, and the final schedule will be released by mid-April.  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.

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 general expectations of the experience necessary to be considered for each level of role.  These are guidelines, and not absolute requirements.

Completed undergrad education. 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. 

Completed undergrad eduction. 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.

At least enrolled in an undergrad program. 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 exclusively from the membership of the ensemble.

Covers must be as prepared as the primary singer assigned to the role. dell’Arte provides some free coaching to covers.  If the cover is called upon to move into the primary (performance) position, additional coaching is provided free of charge.  Singers who have already performed a specific role may be considered for cover opportunities.

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 2015 SRP repertoire is inspired by the plays of Beaumarchais.  Paisiello's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le nozze di Figaro and Hiram Titus' Rosina (1980, in English) comprise the planned repertoire. Past seasons have included The Fairy Queen, Salieri's Falstaff, Macbeth, Carmen, Dialogues des Carmélites, Die Zauberflöte, Ariadne auf Naxos, Il Trittico, 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).


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