Helping singers bridge the gap

Few singers can bridge the gap between academic training and a flourishing career without the kind of assistance that dell’Arte Opera Ensemble provides.

Superior craft creates great art

dell'Arte Opera Ensemble nurtures emerging opera artists through master classes, coachings, rehearsals and performance opportunities, always committed to the essential building blocks of opera: great singing, great music, and great acting.

Attracting new opera lovers, and life-long opera fans.

Audiences enjoy the fresh excitement of experiencing role debuts and witnessing important landmarks in each singer’s artistic process.

Grooming new opera professionals in directing, production, musical staffing and stage direction

Our Opera Professionals Mentorship Program pairs emerging directors, designers and musicians with experts at the top of the field.


DELL’ARTE OPERA ENSEMBLE was created to provide emerging opera artists with training and performance opportunities necessary to bridge the gap between the conservatory and a flourishing career. The emphasis is on “learning by doing”, backed by the philosophy that superior craft creates great art. DELL’ARTE’S annual summer repertory season also attracts new audiences by offering high-quality, meticulously crafted opera presentations featuring rising young artists in intimate venues. The company’s repertoire ranges from standard operas like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Bizet’s Carmen to seldom heard works like Salieri’s Falstaff and Hiram Titus’ Rosina.

Since its founding in 2000 by Artistic Director Christopher Fecteau and Managing Director, Karen Rich, DELL’ARTE has focused on integrating the skills all singers must master into a comprehensive role preparation process by:

  • Providing role preparation guidance, from audition and casting, through coaching and rehearsals, to debut performances;
  • Providing singers with a comprehensive professional context for effective collaboration with the highest expectations and standards.

Participants in our singer-development programming receive a unique and carefully structured curriculum of private coachings and masterclasses with industry professionals designed to address practice methods, diction, musical style, movement and character development, thus preparing them for a career in an increasingly competitive opera world. Unlike many other programs, ours charges no fees and does not require singers to leave New York City.

Since its inception in 2000, more than 400 singers have benefited from DELL’ARTE’s programs. Of these, more than 30% perform regularly in opera houses and concert halls throughout the US and internationally, including LA Opera, Sarasota Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Royal Opera House (London) and Bel Canto at Caramoor. At least 10 have had Metropolitan Opera debuts and many are now on faculty at universities around the country.