2021 Program Description

    2021 Festival – Young Artist Program

    Due to the pandemic, no open auditions will be heled this season.  Most roles will be filled with a “right-of-first-refusal” clause by those cast last season, and other open roles will be auditioned by invitation only, primarily from dell’Arte Opera Ensemble alumni.


    dell’Arte Opera Ensemble is a tuition free, extended development opportunity which trains emerging opera artists to thoroughly prepare complete debut roles and present them public performances with chamber orchestra in New York City. We focus on refining the artist’s process, providing and refining a toolkit for career success.

    Masterclass instructors this season include Chuck Hudson (movement/acting – May 9 and 11 – 15) and Pablo Zinger (Spanish).  Participants receive free individual coaching with dell’Arte Artistic Director Christopher Fecteau, and other staff coaches in April, May and June, followed by small ensemble rehearsals in June and an intensive staging period in July, followed by tech week in early August and up to 5 repertory performances, accompanied by professional chamber orchestra in a professionally equipped theater in lower Manhattan.

    Modest stipends/honoraria of $400 – $1000 are awarded to all participants.  Artists cast in covers, secondary roles, and ensemble may appear in both operas, and/or participate in a song recital.  This year’s program does not include a scenes program.


    Previously assigned artists must accept or decline any right-of-first-refusal by March 15.  Remaining roles will be cast within 30 days of this deadline.  A basic class and production schedule is released by April 30, at which time individual coaching and masterclasses begin and continue through June.  Each participant will be required to do some virtual coaching online through the JamKazam app.  Some subsidies will be available to singers who need to upgrade or purchase equipment.  Small group music rehearsals are scheduled around the availability of participating singers and will take place starting no later than June 1.  It is unlikely we will offer any in-person master-classes this spring, due to vaccination scheduling for the general public.

    Full-cast music rehearsals and staging rehearsals begin after July 4th and continue until the filming schedule commences in August.  Filming will likely take place days and evenings for one week in August for each production.  Please note this major change from previous season schedules, and from the unrealized production schedule for last summer.

    Singers must be within reliable commuting distance of NYC in July and August, but efforts will be made to accommodate the schedules and other needs of artists who have temporarily left the area for pandemic-related reasons.  Some small subsidies may be available for those who must travel and stay in the city from out of the area.


    Juana by Carla Lucero, libretto by Alicia Gaspar de Alba (East Coast Premiere)
    LIKELY: full film production, costumes, small orchestra
    Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti, libretto by Felice Romani
    LIKELY: concert dress, semi-staged film production, rotating cast members in different scenes