Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance.July 7-10.
Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Join us for Puccini’s poignant masterpiece, La Bohème and Strauss’s sparkling operetta, Die Fledermaus, July 7-10, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. Both operas are traditionally staged and costumed with orchestra and chorus in original language with supertitles.
Martina Arroyo Foundation’s Prelude to Performance is pleased to be returning to Hunter College and The Kaye Playhouse for it’s 2016 program and performances. The Kaye Playhouse is located on 68th between Lexington and Park Avenues in New York City.
The Martina Arroyo Foundation. Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Now celebrating its twelfth anniversary season, the Martina Arroyo Foundation is a non-profit cultural organization founded by the legendary American soprano, recently named a recipient of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors. The Foundation strives to ensure a bright future for opera by preparing new generations of emerging young singers with the tools necessary for professional careers, by providing them with invaluable instruction, exposure, and performance opportunities. The work of the Martina Arroyo Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors; members include leaders in business, education, and the arts.
The Foundation offers two intensive programs of study, coaching, and performance, both of which provide an immersive preparation of complete operatic roles.
Role Preparation Class takes place over twelve weeks each spring, offering 40 hours of group and individual coaching sessions to a class of 12 to 14 singers. Each participant learns a complete operatic role for performance in the public recital of operatic ensembles with which the class concludes.
Prelude to Performance is six-week intensive training program, tuition free, with stipends, for approximately 35 young singers that culminates in four fully staged opera performances sung in the original language with supertitles, complete with sets, costumes, and orchestra at a prominent New York venue. Ms. Arroyo herself conducts classes in character development and historical perspective as part of a structured curriculum that also features study of libretto, language, stage craft, movement, and combat; sessions with costume designers and makeup artists and masterclasses with professionals in the opera world such as Soprano, Diana Soviero, Mezzo, Stephanie Blythe, Bass-baritone, Eric Owens and legendary director, Tito Capobianco.
Alumni of the Martina Arroyo Foundation may be found performing on leading professional stages around the world. Soprano, Jennifer Rowley, recently sang Musetta in Covent Garden’s,La Boheme. Tenor, Michele Angelini sang Don Ottavio in Covent Garden’s, Don Giovanni; tenor, Taylor Stayton sings Almaviva and Lord Percy at the Met this upcoming season.Tenor, Noah Stewart is aDecca recording artist, whose recording, “Noah” became Great Britain’s Top of the Classical charts. Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is currently at the Vienna Staatsoper and participated in Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Bass-baritone, Andre Courville was this year’s Loren Zachary Award
By offering tuition-free training and stipends, the foundation is able to select and support talented artists from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds; past participants have come from Europe, Asia, Mexico, South America, and Africa as well as the United States. Ryan Speedo Green, Prelude participant in 2010/2011, a Metropolitan Opera competition winner, a Met Lindemann Young Artist program explains: “Being able to spend up to six weeks studying every nuance of an operatic role…is priceless. The program truly helped bring my artistry to the next level.” Ryan is now a Feste Artist at the Wiener Staatsoper.
Tenor, Taylor Stayton( Prelude 2006/07) who performed the role of Elvino in the Met’s production of La Sonnabula states: “Martina Arroyo’s Prelude to Performance program helped mold me into the artist I am today. Ms. Arroyo’s mission not only to help train young singers, but more importantly to help spread the passion of performance to a new generation of opera lovers. I cannot give enough praise to Ms. Arroyo for sharing her love and joy of this wonderful art form, as well as her constant support throughout my limited years of training and professional career. “
Dear “Meet Me At The Opera” club members, would you be interested to arrange housing for the young artists who come from outside New York City? Even though the program is tuition free and we offer stipends, living in NYC for 6 weeks is financially difficult for a struggling young singer.
Martina Arroyo Foundation