DELL’ARTE OPERA ENSEMBLE, founded by Christopher Fecteau and Karen Rich in 2000, provides 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.
Our singer-development programming includes 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 artists for a career in an increasingly competitive opera world. The work culminates in an annual summer repertory festival, including full operas, scenes programs, and recitals.
DELL’ARTE’S annual summer repertory season attracts engaged audiences with high-quality, meticulously crafted opera presentations featuring rising young artists performing role debuts 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 La cifra, and Hiram Titus’ Rosina. Our first commission, Princess Maleine by Whitney George and Brittany Goodwin, debuted in 2019, and our 2020 season marks the East Coast and professional debut’s of Juana by Carla Lucero and Alicia Gaspar de Alba.