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dell’Arte Opera Ensemble's training and peformance opportunities are offered free of charge to singers and at very affordable prices to the public. Funding for these exciting programs comes from our supportive audience of committed individual donors, as well as foundations and corporate giving programs, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Your gifts, small and large, are not only welcome, but necessary. 

It has been said that opera is the most all-encompassing art form, and for that reason, it is also the most expensive to produce.  Our focus is on direct, simple productions that promote great singing, great music, and great drama, offering accessible  performances to diverse modern audiences of all ages, incomes, and interests.

In addition to affordable performances, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has expanded its activities to include at least two fully staged and costumed productions with chamber ensemble each year.  This is an exciting addition to dell’Arte’s program for both singers and audiences, but requires increased funding.  Ticket prices account for about one third of production costs.  The rest comes from private and public funding, and donors like you. 

Please consider supporting dell’Arte so that we can continue to provide training and debut role opportunities to emerging artists and offering thrilling, intimate, and affordable operatic experiences to audiences.

Thank you gifts
We have a small selection of thank you gifts for various sponsorship levels.  If you wish to receive one, please  e-mail us  with your preference based on the options described below, so that we may reserve your choice of item.

For a donation of $50
- dell’Arte alumn Courtenay Budd’s lullaby album “Sleep is behind the Door”  -- OR  --
- a T-shirt or tote-bag embroidered with the dell'Arte Opera Ensemble logo (your choice of six different colors)

For a donation of $100
- a weatherproof anorak jacket embroidered with the dell'Arte Opera Ensemble logo (your choice of three different colors - red, black, or royal blue)

In-Kind Giving
dell’Arte welcomes and encourages in-kind giving.  We have a variety of needs including printing, costume materials/design/creation, set materials/design/building, media-outreach assistance, transportation and housing for out-of-town artists, storage, catering and event coordination assistance.

Donations of gift certificates, fine art, services and other appropriate items for fundraising events are also encouraged.    

Corporate Giving
dell’Arte Opera Ensemble offers a wide variety of corporate branding, sponsorship, and volunteer opportunities that can be customized to suit your company’s needs and interests.  Please contact Karen Rich at to discuss how dell’Arte can work with your company.

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Inc. is a tax-exempt public charity as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and, as such, is legally authorized to accept contributions which are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Checks should be made payable to

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble and sent to:
255 Cabrini Boulevard #5H
New York, NY 10040

Our programming is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs            
Maestro Christopher Fecteau, Artistic Director
at Theatre 80 St. Mark's.  Photo by Lorcan Otway
and by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
and the New York State Legislature.




Directed by Nate Merchant, Conducted by Chris Fecteau.   Costumes by Jennifer Behnke, Lighting by Stephen Petrilli.  Photo by Lorcan Otway.

Dialogues des Carmelites at The East 13th Street Theatre
August 2012 Featuring Lawrence Biano, Mary Langston Mary Starkey and Maria Alu.  Conducted by Christopher Fecteau, Directed by Victoria Crutchfield.  Photo by Angel Roy

Photo by Schuyler Burks at The East 13th Street TheatreThe cast of Carmen, featuring Elisabeth Shoup
 and Brian Long, at the East 13th Street Theatre
  August 2012   (Photo by Schuyler Burks)

La clemenza di Tito at the East 13th Street Theatre, August 2013
Conducted by Christopher Fecteau; Directed by Walker Lewis
Photo by Angel Roy