Prelude to Performance

The program is open to opera singers ages 20–35. The applicants must have sufficient vocal experience and stamina to handle the course of study and performance demands and will be selected through an audition process by Ms. Arroyo and her artistic staff. Recommendations from two professionals must accompany each application.

Auditions for 2017 are.:

New York City University of Denver Michigan State
Dec. 16, 17, 18
Jan. 06, 07, 08 Nov. 7 & 9 Nov. 17 & 20
Jan. 27, 28, 29    
Feb. 03, 04, 05    
Feb. 17, 18, 19    
Audition Location Audition Location Audition Location
TBA TBA Cook Hall

NOTE: It has come to our attention, that applicants are waiting until Feb, to get an audition slot. If this is you, you ought to be aware that FEB. IS ALMOST FULL FOR EVERY DATE. Therefore, it would be wise to book the time now or you will not receive an audition. There will be no additional dates added this year. After the dates are all closed, the only way to audition will be via Audio/Video submission.
For those singers who for reasons of financial hardship or scheduling difficulties can not be present on any of the above dates and can not schedule a private audition, it is possible to submit a URL video (Youtube) or email an mp3 (3 max) to the Foundation. Note: neither of these should be altered for sound in any way. You must still go through the normal application process.

Operas to be offered

Puccini’s double-bill of Suor Angelica/Gianni Schicchi
and Bizet’s Carmen

FREE . Tuition does not include housing and living expenses. Information about housing for participants from outside New York City will be available.However "tuition free" only refers to participants and not auditors or covers.


Stipends will have a range of $500.00 - $2,500.00. The actually breakdown will be presented at a later date.

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2017 Audition Requirements click...
Audition Aria Requirements Yes! There are particular aria requirements if you are auditioning for a specific role. Note: All roles are open and none are chosen until after the last date of auditions in Feb.

CARMEN - Schirmer edition
Carmen 1) SÉGUEDILLE (with recitative): Schirmer pp 93 - 105, including the exchanges with Don José ! NOTE: Do NOT use the version found in the Schirmer aria anthology! 2) GYPSY SONG ("Les tringles des sistres tintaient") - Schirmer pp115 - 123 3) CARD ARIA (from "Voyons, que j'essaie à mon tour") - Schirmer pp 271 - 278 4) FINAL SCENE - pp. 373 - end (omitting chorus parts) Don José 1) FLOWER SONG - pp 200 - 203 2) FINAL SCENE - beginning p. 374 - end ("Je ne menace pas...") Escamillo 1) TORÉADOR SONG - pp. 134 - 150 (including p. 149!) NOTE: Do NOT use the version found in the Schirmer aria anthology! Micaëla 1) JE DIS... pp.299 - 306 (including recitative following the aria) For the other characters, applicant should sing something similar to the style of the role or "type" of character

SUOR ANGELICA - Ricordi edition Angelica 1) SENZA MAMMA 2) FROM REHEARSAL # 75 to end of opera (omitting chorus part) Principessa 1) FROM REHEARSAL # 50 to 52 Genovieffa 1) FROM REHEARSAL # 9 ("O sorelle, sorelle...") or another aria that has similar characteristics La Suora Zelatrice FROM REHEARSAL # 3 TO REHEARSAL # 8 ...") or an aria that has authoritative characteristics All other roles that do not have a specific aria listed, should present four arias with at least one in the same language and style that represents the role they are looking to study/perform. This includes any singers who would like to be considered as an auditor. Please also note that both of the operas are in the original language.

Online Application

If you are applying using a credit card (our preferred method), please click onto Yaptracker icon to apply for our program. There is no membership fee to use the application. You just need to register as a "guest".

Please note that no applications wil be accepted after Feb. 5, 2017!

Download a Brochure and Poster
To download a brochure for the 2017 program please click here. To download a poster for the 2017 program please click here.

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